I have not read the print version. Throughout my listening, tho, I kept wondering if I should stop and only read the printed version. I found the narration quite disconcerting, not the story subject, but the narration.
Nez - because his life was fascinating. His life experiences, as a Navajo and a Code Talker, were full of joy, challenges, accomplishments, and deep appreciation. I valued how he always seemed to see the world, even during the war, through Navajo eyes. This, for me, added depth to his reflections. I also was intrigued by the fact that despite ill-treatment of the Navajo nation in his early life, he still was anxious and willing to serve his country. And did so significantly and proudly.
Where do I begin? I felt like I was being read to as an adult might read to a child. And then there were constant misplaced word inflections, awkward sentence and syllable breaks, odd intonations in just relaying the story. I really can't enumerate just how many times I wanted to stop and read the printed version instead of listening. I kept at it because of the significance of hearing Navajo language orally. If it hadn't been for that I would have just stopped. I've listened to a lot of audible books and this, by far, was the most challenging narration I've listened to. I have not listened to other books narrated by Colacci. After my frustration with his narration I eventually looked up reviews; he seems to be highly praised as a narrator of other books. But I would strongly hesitate to listen to any other book narrated by him because of my very disappointing experience with his narration of Code Talkers.
My only extreme reaction was to the narration, not the book or its subject matter.
Listen to a sample before you buy the book. The printed version just might be a better read. But Nez refers to the Navajo language as an oral one so that may justify listening to this audible version.
Eye-opening. Riveting. Blessing.
The relating of all the details of these incredible WWII events with no holds barred and with great reverence for the soldiers' courage and creativity. And I know this is just one of thousands of similar expressions of bravery, solidarity, and commitment during WWII. And I am sure other wars..
In short, made it come alive. I actually found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, or stopping what I was doing (like washing dishes) just so I could listen even more attentively.
Younger generations, read this book!
Laura Hillenbrand has once again written a book that absolutely enthralled me. What a writer! Yes, the subject certainly lent itself to an absolutely riveting read. But her telling of the story, the details, the soldiers personal reflections, how the experiences affected them etc., etc, etc. I could go on. I simply found this a "must read" for those who want to experience what true courage and creativity is.In a huge way, it has to be due to her writing ability that I've been on the edge of my seat both in this book and in "Seabiscuit." I'd read her grocery lists if I could!
Quite enlightening without making me shudder. Just about the time I'd think I might find it hard to listen to certain details, the author adds sensitive humor, I'd laugh, and continue on reading.
A subject that could have been rather sickening was made to be fascinating, enjoyable, and even downright humorous at times.
I haven't listened to any other Frasier's narrations. But in this book I found it excellent and very appropriate. Made the "reading" of the book on this subject even more enjoyable and tolerable.
The diverse uses of dead people. Found the info about the historical views of dead bodies, cremation, and embalming particularly fascinating.
Made me want to eat more healthily so I won't be available for use for awhile!
Informative without being tedious. Covers a lot of territory in an easily understandable way. Felt like I got an excellent, overall view of the time period. Can be doing something else and still get a lot out of this. Easier to understand than I would have imagined.
How it focused on one area of the world at a time and then another area. And then draws it all together. One gets a real feel of what was going simultaneously in the world.
Intonations and paragraph breaks excellent. Inclusion of footnotes was seamless and very helpful and informative.
No, cause I wouldn't have had the time. Glad I listened to it a little each day so I could assimilate it.
If one wants to get a very interesting sense of this period in British history, I'd recommend this book. I wanted to learn about the subject and this book provided just what I was looking for. I thought it might be a tedious read and maybe I wouldn't even finish it. But I found it absolutely fascinating and can't wait to listen to the next two parts of the series.
Not sure if was a distraction, but certainly offered nothing to entice me to keep plowing through.
Probably wouldn't have published it.
Just couldn't get into this book at all. May try again during Lent.
The unlikely happenstance that this real-life experience occurred. As an Audible book it was even more engaging because of the wonderful accents. Felt like I was there in the village.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Shaffer and Barrows. Both are fascinating books, and must reads as Audible books. The narrators make one want to travel to the story locations.
When she led her council meetings. And getting for former king buried.
Yes, if only I had that kind of time.
A delightful story that captured my interest even with the original synopsis.
Interesting because tepid.
His handling of various strikes during his time.
References to his integrity and unflappableness
Just enjoyed it.
Fascinating to not only learn about him but the era in which he lived.
The story and narration fully entrancing. Don't know how Hillenbrand did it, but kept me at full attentiveness through entire book. Thorough, engaging. Descriptions of Seabiscuit, owners, riders, horses, races, scenes, historical times - all perfect!. Learned much about not just Seabiscuit but horse racing, the sport during those times, and horses.
Can't compare to others. Unique.
One of the best narrators ever! Excellent enthusiasm, seriousness, emphasis, sentence and paragraph breaks. Felt like I was at a storyteller's convention. He was superb!
This would be a good read in book form, but it's a MUST Audible book!
The races themselves. Literally sat on the edge of my seat during each one. Felt like I was at the race. As enthusiatically engaging as current Triple Crown endeavors. Loved it!. Found it hard to stop listening to do other things.
Would put in my Top 10 Favorite Books list. Parents were married in 1937. This book particularly highlighted the Thirties which made book even more enjoyable. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand! Would read anything she writes! Seabiscuit is a must read and makes a perfect Audible read! Thanks, Laura!
The story and performance.
No one particular moment,
Liked them all.
Not necessarily. Didn't want it to end.
Excellent story line, great narration. All the narrators were great but I particularly like anything Cassandra Campbell does.
I would highly recommend this book. It was an extremely well-written and well-presented story which blended human interest and science superbly. It doesn't just focus on the science of the gene cloning, but interweaves it with Henrietta's life. One of the best books I've ever read.
When the author and Henrietta's daughter Debra go to find some the old medical records.
No, because it is really a mind-boggling story, especially since it is true. Lots to absorb.
This book moved me, awakened me to a part of American medical history I never knew, and made me proud to think I got to meet Henrietta Lacks through this reading. Listening to it also inspired me to find more books narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Hearing her voice added immensely to my first Audible book.
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