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Janet M Hanson

Salina, KS USA | Member Since 2011

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  • War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

    llr says: "Powerful, perceptive, personal"
    "Augments a reading of the book, too"
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    I'm a huge Hedges fan but purchased the audio book to listen to it with my husband on a car vacation. First published in 2003, during the end of the Bush era, what it says holds up quite well, and as a faithful reader of Hedges at Truthdig, lays the foundation for much of what Hedges still writes.

    Hearing it read by Hedges himself makes the words still more thoughtful.

    This is a book that I go back to over and over. My husband works with veterans. I work with kids whose parents are deployed or have been deployed and I hear the _echoes_ of this book many times.

    I think about Hedges' final message repetitively. If we are going to unleash the dogs of war, we should always be aware of what the _ongoing_ costs are. And Hedges uniquely lays out a discussion of what those costs are. Clearly, the wars we are prosecuting in the middle east are not "worth it", never were, and continue to not be worth it.

    Worth a read and definitely worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Delightful"
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    I like stories like this--stories about what my high school teacher called "the human condition".

    And then when you hear it expertly narrated by John Keating, you are actually smitten. A wonderful thoughtful read and listen.

    Months and months after totally being absorbed by this book as a listen, I found the (alas) unread print version of it on my shelf. I'm glad I didn't cheat myself of this book in any form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9436)
    Performance
    (5129)
    Story
    (5200)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Whether it's an intro or a revisit..."
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    We listened to this on a car vacation that I knew would give us lots of road time. My husband had read this as a young adult and I had never read it. I'm not a big science fiction fan.

    The story stands on it's own and was an amazing story and a great commentary, prescient for its' time on so much--water, governance and people living in community.

    The performance of this book was outstanding and helped to organize what could have been a confusing cast of characters. But the readers also understood their characters and furthered your understanding of the characters.

    If the cost of the audiobook frightens you, don't let it. It's really worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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