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Bruce

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5

  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (386)

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "Worth the Trouble"
    Overall

    This is a great story even though it's not told perfectly. English is not the first language of the author, and sometimes the story falters when he tries to be literary rather than just telling the story. But the story itself is so interesting and informative that I highly recommend it. The Sudan story is the may turn out to be the world story in a microcosm.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Archivist's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Travis Holland
    • Narrated By Nick Rawlinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison is the writer Isaac Babel. The great author of Red Cavalry is spending his last days forbidden to write, his final works consigned to the archivist, Pavel Dubrov - who will ultimately be charged with destroying them.

    Bruce says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Isaac Babel is one of my favorite authors, and I'm very familiar with the historical time and place in this book. I was looking forward to the story, but unfortunately there wasn't much story to tell, although the narrator tried to make one by reading very, very slowly with dramatic pauses unjustified by the text. It takes more than a series of barely related incidents, no matter how historically accurate, to make a novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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