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Joseph

MIAMI, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (215)

    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
    "Stuck between mad men"
    Overall

    first off, the narrator for this audiobook is great and his somber tone fits the material well. Also, no prerequisite knowledge of WWII is necessary for reading this one. It is pretty self-contained.

    The writing itself can be at times a little bland, especially when statistics counting the number of people who died are read off. However, the author artfully intersperses within these larger numbers personal stories about actual people who died, their dreams and hopes, which really help the listener get a grip on the tragedy that occurred in the "bloodlands". Even still, the scale of the killing which took place in this region is difficult to comprehend and often forced me to reflect on the value of humans and the individual meanings they each may have for their lives.

    This book is definitely a downer, but is a story very much worth hearing.



    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (798)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Nails it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Red Country the most enjoyable?

    The reader is absolutely great and really makes the characters believable.


    Any additional comments?

    Many new dynamics (e.g. the rebels) are introduced in this book and I'm hoping that he is setting up for further books in this universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3085)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2249)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Great fantasy with the best reader"
    Overall

    When I was younger I read a decent amount of fantasy fiction, but had mostly given up on it over the last decade or so because most of the writing is just terrible. The First Law series is the first I've listened to in a long time that I've actually finished - the characters are very well done, the plot is exciting and full of violence, intrigue, sex, questioning of morality, etc., there are a few pacing issues but these are easy to overlook given the overall quality of these books.

    Also, Steven Pacey couldn't have done a better job. His range of voices is incredible and the inflection accords perfectly with each characters personality.

    Highly recommended, even for those who have mainly lost interest in fiction (not to mention fantasy).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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