One of the finest listens I've had in the past three years. Great reader, story; makes me want to visit Italy now! Also made me look up info on Richard Burton!!! What a character.
This is a Native American story that should be read and heard by every American. It truly tells the story of the plight of their journey, now and then.
As a teacher of English for the past nineteen years, I do, in fact, know what great literature is. Perhaps this will never achieve the status of 'great literature', but it is a book that EVERYONE should read or listen to. Few stories could rival this one for inspiration. The fact that this man, Louis Zamperini still walks among us is a true testament to his strength, character, valor, and resilience. Hillenbrand does a good job constructing a story that keeps the listener engaged and Hermann does an outstanding job carrying us along Zamperini's arc of an incredible journey.
Dean Koontz pulled out the Thesaurus for this one, and Dick Hill should NEVER, NEVER read women's or children's parts. Horrendous!!! Good idea for Koontz, but I think he loves to think of himself as a ‘writer’, and it’s SO OBVIOUS. Tacky writing, poor word choice for experienced writer; could have been done in half the pages! Dick Hill, it’s time to retire, or start reading some good Jewish literature by Phillip Roth!! ‘3’ for the text and ‘1’ for the narration!!!!!!!
What started as a wonderful book gets bogged down with the Nicole saga. Told in recollection with a BORING, droll, and monotonous tone, it drags the story down, down, down. Five stars for the beginning, none for end.
Good setup but poor execution. Don't waste my time setting up a great killer and then bump him off with apparent ease. Don't setup a great hero's secret background and then disappoint me with a simple Medal of Honor story. Don't set me up with a potential romance and then leave me cold in a southern California setting that gets far too much rain. I, for one, was disappointed in this Koontz read!
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