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S. LaBossiere

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  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "informative and inspiring"
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    What did you love best about The Liberator?

    The book describes the depressing horrors of war, and it was hard at times to hear about how hard it was--for both Allies and Germans. I found the story of General Sparks and his experience of WWII ultimately inspiring and worth reading. You really get a sense of what it was like for him and the soldiers under his command. I had not heard of him before this book, and realize now what a great general and leader he was. My father was on the front lines in Europe and although toward the end of his life I was eventually able to get him to open up and share some of his experiences, this book really made it more clear to me just how tough it was for him. I have a new appreciation for the men and women who fought in that war.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tim Anderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

    JOSEPH says: "Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior"
    "Interesting and funny"
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    If you could sum up Tune In Tokyo in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, engaging, fun


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andrews really has a great sense of timing and seemed to "get" the humor of the author. He made the ride more fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes you on the author's journey as a gay American in Japan. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but found the story interesting and quite often would just burst out laughing while listening. I went away with a greater appreciation of and respect for Japanese culture. Tim Anderson is refreshingly transparent. I enjoyed his life adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1350)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Good but not as good as others"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved the two Vince Flynn books before this one. " Extreme Measures" was gripping but also a little frustrating and left me unsatisfied. I'm old fashioned in that I want good to triumph over evil. The bad guys seemed to be mostly winning throughout the story. Perhaps the author is trying to make a statement about the future dangers of terrorism in this country, which I can appreciate. Right after this book I read Ben Coes' "Power Down." Many similarities in the two stores, but that one was more complete, satisfying, and even inspiring for me. Both books are very relevant for what we may face in our country in the future. "Power Down was a better read for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2516)
    Story
    (2520)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Honest, inspiring, uplifting"
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    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, sincere, inspiring


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her self-honesty, ability to persevere. It was an real life adventure story, but also a journey of self-understanding and emotional healing.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was able to capture the feeling of the book. I really felt like it was the author reading the book rather than someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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