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Jodie Futornick

Arlington Heights, IL, US | Member Since 2007

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  • The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ben Urwand
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (22)
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    (22)

    To continue doing business in Germany, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films attacking Nazis or condemning persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this collaboration and the cast of characters it drew in, ranging from Goebbels to Louis B. Mayer. At the center was Hitler himself - obsessed with movies and their power to shape public opinion.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Making mountains out of molehills"
    "Annoying narration"
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    If you could sum up The Collaboration in three words, what would they be?

    Hitler did not speak English with a German accent... he spoke German... so translations of his speeches into English should not have an accent!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (217)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Chaim says: "Important book; unfortunate narration"
    "Horrible narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Promised Land the most enjoyable?

    The book is great, but the narration was painful. As others have said, I found the faux-Israeli accent distracting and a bit insulting. I won't say it ruined the book for me, but it did make it very difficult to get through.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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