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Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 377 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Fascinating and incredibly insightful account"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author relayed exactly what it was like for these young soldiers to experience a war that many did not believe in but felt torn / obligated to participate in to defend their personal honour and their country. It was so insightful and the anguish was so palpable. Each character introduced came alive. It was brutal in that I had to compare the decisions that my own son would have to make.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I listened to this book twice in succession to just get everything and not miss a single section. If I had to choose, it would be where the author tries to flee to Canada and meets up with the old man who helped him make his decision. How eternally grateful I would be if I was a parent of this son and had this man guide my boy through this terrible and emaotional time.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of the most profound audible experiences I have had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Land: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children and a violent father.

    Susie says: "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like Christians"
    "Fascinating Listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Jesus Land the most enjoyable?

    I thought the reader got the essence of the author and I forgot that I wasn't listening to a young woman telling her own story. The story of conservative religion affecting young teenagers mixed with racial intolerance tell the story of our similiar South African experience with that era.

    I found Julia's candidness regarding her own personal journey most affecting as well as the relationship with her brother, David. There were moments when I groaned aloud at the abuses that happened to both of them.

    I could not stop listening.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the similarity to my own growing up in a racially intolerant society - one that didn't understand teenagers at all and spent no time in changing that attitude.

    What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She afforded the mother a sharp, intolerant voice that I may not have been as affected by. She brought Julia to life through her complimenting the excitement, or sadness with her tone of voice.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many because she took me back to me being a teenager. I think that every time the love that Julia had for David was related, it reminded me of the relationships that one has with one's siblings in an environment when children are trying to survive - when on the outside everything looks perfect.

    Any additional comments?

    I have just bought her other book. Julia fascinated me so much with her amazing resilience and her love for her brother.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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