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Nathan D. Backlund

blue collar intellectual

Rio Vista, CA USA | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 482 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2015

  • Gods and Beasts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman.

    D. says: "Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance"
    "MIna writes another brilliant crime novel"
    Where does Gods and Beasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mina's Alex Morrow series is one of the best available in the mystery genre. Gods and Beasts may not rank as high as the two earlier entries in the series but it's still a great listen.

    Did Moira Quirk do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Quirk is not as good as previous narrators, but for me she did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
    • Narrated By Danny Pardo

    On the fortieth anniversary of revolution and rebellion in Chile, a searching history of the rise and fall of the world’s first and only democratically elected Marxist president. On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile was deposed in a violent coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The coup had been in the works for months, even years. Shortly after giving a farewell speech to his people, Allende died of gunshot wounds - whether inflicted by his own hand or an assassin’s remains uncertain.

    Nathan D. Backlund says: "Fascinating Look at a Historical Tragedy"
    "Fascinating Look at a Historical Tragedy"
    What did you love best about Story of a Death Foretold?

    The author does not just relate the events around the Presidency and overthrow of Salvador Allende, but engages with fascinating historical and philosophic questions. These include Allende's infamous decision not to provide arms to the workers in the last months of his presidency, and questions about what we mean by democracy and human rights. All the major events are covered here as well. The role of the U.S., Operation Condor, the "economic miracle" under Pinochet, the battle within the Chilean military that preceded the coup, and a detailed overview of Allende's policies. Other reviewers have red baited this book by calling it Marxist. I'm not really sure what the reviewer meant by that. The author is sympathetic to Allende. If you believe the coup against Allende was a good thing this is probably not the book for you unless you want to hear what the other side has to say. I'm very glad this fascinating and intelligent book is available on Audible.

    What other book might you compare Story of a Death Foretold to and why?

    The author refers to a lot of films in the text. Patricio Guzman's documentary The Battle of Chile would be an excellent companion to this book. This film provides not just the faces and voices of the major characters in the book, but communicates a sense of how important Allende's presidency was, and the fierce obstacles it faced.

    What aspect of Danny Pardo’s performance would you have changed?

    For a book with such sophisticated ideas I would have chosen a narrator with a less heavy Latin American accent.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's already been made in a sense. "The Battle of Chile."

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