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LARRY

Harrisburg, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Podlaski
    • Narrated By Michael Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this? Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war.

    Jude says: "Are there any "kids" like that today?"
    "The story is immature and very unrealistic."
    Overall
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    What would have made Cherries better?

    You would have to rewrite it


    Has Cherries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Sutherland’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Cherries?

    They all lack depth and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was like a comic book from the 60s. The dialog was not realistic and it's obvious the author did not serve in a rifle company in any conflict zone.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (258)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "Really cool book."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Frontiersmen to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Frontiersmen?

    Which exciting part, they were all good. Had to research many of the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

    Simon of course


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

    Did you relaize...?


    Any additional comments?

    great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the West Was Young

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fredrick R. Becholdt
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    They have been romanticized and glorified in the movies and TV, but these are perhaps more accurate portrayals of Wyatt Earp and his contemporaries. Published in 1923, Fredrick R. Beckholdt bases most of these stories upon research and interviews with old timers who witnessed many events portrayed here. Becholdt's portrayal of of the outlaws, hostile Indians, cowboys, gamblers, cold blooded killers, prospectors, and lawmen who inhabited the Wild West is riveting.

    Charles says: "When the West Was Young."
    "Really bad book all around."
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    What would have made When the West Was Young better?

    The wording was flowery and hard to follow. It could have been because of the reader was so bad. Hard to tell.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Fredrick R. Becholdt? Why or why not?

    No. I think I'll look for additionol stories that have not been told a thousand times before. In addition, some of the facts stated in this book have already been disproved.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Michaels?

    A six year old could have presented more inflection is his voice to emphasize and convey some of the exciting parts of the book. Maybe a slight pause when you reach a period at the end of a sentence would help.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Dosome research into less known characters. Bring us stories we have not heard before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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