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David

Woolgoolga, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1843)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "History lesson with a touch of soap (opera)"
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    Where does War and Remembrance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books, for both content and performance, I've listened to. And I've listened to plenty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    Too many to mention in a book of such scope. It really put the key battles/moments of World War 2 into context.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being an Australian, all the action in and around the war in the Pacific made me, finally, aware of what happened in this theatre


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought I knew a bit about WW2. This book told how it all fitted together.A great entertaining learning experience on WW2 and why we should never let it happen again.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Listen to the historical notes at the end first. There were some scenes where I thought this is pure fiction but turned out to be based on fact. And listen to his other book the Winds of War first.

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1641)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Now thats a book!"
    Overall

    It was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it was a war story. Whilst the Second World War and bombing of Dresden was always in the story, it took us into Billy Pilgrams' life (mind) mainly after and during the war. Great listen

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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