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gmaczane

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Saint Patrick's Battalion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Here is a stirring fictional account of the amazing real-life story of John Riley, an Irishman who led his men to desert the American military during the Mexican-American War, as seen through the eyes of two memorable narrators. It is June 1845, and Paddy Quinn is a camp boy for the American army – which is bound for Mexico. A young man with journalistic aspirations, Paddy writes letters for illiterate soldiers and learns that, like him, many are Irish, including the enigma John Riley.

    Sean says: "Good story badly told"
    "Explosive Revelations! Real war from every angle."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    If you only ever read one story of war, it should be this well and uniquely crafted piece of historic fiction. This is the story of a war that the victors would prefer to forget or, failing that, to remember differently. It is written by a soldier-historian from the point of view of both sides. In short, war is hell but one side’s devil can be other guy’s saint. If, after reading this, you do not immediately check Google to determine if any or all of the events or players are accurately portrayed, it can only mean you do not have access to the internet.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5297)
    Performance
    (3561)
    Story
    (3571)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Brain Candy!!!"
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    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    This is the only zombie story everyone needs to hear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a tight and entertaining traipse through today's social condition with enough brain candy for everyone regardless of their love or hate for the zombie genre.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This incredibly fresh take on an otherwise stale storyline is made even fresher with the addition of a horde of accomplished narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    If this doesn't get you thinking about the world you live in, you might be a zombie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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