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Bruce

Greenbrae, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    From critically acclaimed world historian Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.

    Michael says: "A commendable book"
    "Beevor gets it right"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I've read two of the author's books and part of a third. This would be the fourth book by this author. What I like about Beevor's histories is that he presents the subject from a broad range of perspectives. Like past books, in D-Day he examines the roles of the generals, the colonels and majors,and the grunts of both sides. Of equal importance, he brings to life the civilians and their roles and outcomes from this event. I came away appreciating the sacrifice, pain and desparation of the many who participated in D-Day. I recommend this book.

    On the "con" side, the narration is weird in places. The narrator -- Cameron Stewart -- who is obviously English, sounds goofy and cartoonish when he tries to quote Americans in the narrative. He does a good job with all the other accents, but he makes all the US characters sound like warehouse workers from Brooklyn. The narration is the only reason I didn't give this book five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "The rent was due and the baby was hungry"
    Overall

    I like Pat Conroy's books usually, but this catastrophe should have never seen the light of day. The characters were cartoonish (to borrow from an earlier review.) The timelines were all over the place. The subplot with the evil antagonist made little sense and added nothing to the novel. And the ending...left me feeling sickened that I had stuck it out to that point. God!
    I haven't wanted to read a fiction piece in a while and this book will probably kill it for me for a while more.
    This book is not a good use of your money or credits.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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