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Bruce Nichols

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  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

    Charlotte says: "A period that directly affected our world today"
    "Tuchman great, narrator Ward a delight"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 in three words, what would they be?

    Great historical story-telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The central character, Joe Stilwell


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time he was speaking truth to power


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    God, send us more of such men


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Tuchman is a gifted teller of history, as everyone familiar with her work knows. But the narrator, identified by Audible as Pam Ward, who I think narrated Tuchman's Guns of August, is a perfect reader. Too often, narrators' voices, habits of speech, lack of interest and over-acting make Audible's books hard to listen to. Ms. Ward combines clear interpretive reading with just enough acting. She

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Europe Since 1815, Volume 1: Reaction and Nationalism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mitchell Garrett, James Godfrey
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Starting with a superbly concise explanation of the Industrial Revolution, authors Garrett and Godfrey explore the intricate series of events that followed on the heels of a conservative reaction to Napoleon's defeat. With varying degrees of success, the victorious Allied powers sought to reinstall monarchy and religious authority throughout Europe.

    IRP says: "Excellent Book on The Topic"
    "Good book, unfortunate choice for reader"
    Overall

    It must be really difficult to hire and coach people who read books for recording. I don't know how well I would do. But it's sad, whatever the cause, when a good book suffers because the voice and delivery on the recording are not appropriate. I've run across several instances. This book is another example. The reader is too slow. Way too slow. So you speed him up on your IPOD, and that's not entirely satisfactory either. I would listen closely to the sample before buying this book. If you can stand the style of the reader, buy it. If not, don't. You are wasting your money.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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