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M. J. Roth

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  • Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carlos Eire
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (12)
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    (8)
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    Carlos Eire's story of a boyhood uprooted by the Cuban Revolution quickly lures us in, as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother Tony touch down in the sun-dappled Miami of 1962 - a place of daunting abundance where his old Cuban self must die to make way for a new, American self waiting to be born. In this enchanting new work, narrated in Eire's inimitable and lyrical voice, young Carlos adjusts to life in his new country.

    Terry says: "A MUST READ BY ALL PEDRO PAN KIDS"
    "Enjoyable autobiography"
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    This second volume of Eire's account of his experiences as one of the Operation Peter Pan children takes him from arrival in Miami in 1962 up to the recent past, the death of his mother in Chicago, the decline of his brother Tony and his own reconciliation with who he is - not Charles, not Chuck, but Carlos. The quick cuts in timeline between past and present and in-between can be somewhat confusing since there is no printed page to refer back and forth, but it comes together well as an experiential whole. More than a history of a child and a man, it is the story of the survival of a soul repeatedly transformed through death to self and past, a survival that is often in doubt over the nearly 50 years covered by the book.

    Narrator Robert Fass has an excellent facility with switching between languages, accents and voices and really delivers the non-fiction story with all the vocal color of a good novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (199)
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    (201)

    A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team’s sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka “the Cruise Missile,” is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise....

    Jesse says: "Some issues with places and people"
    "Errors, detail, narration obscure the story"
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    This is a typical Stephen Hunter/Bob Lee Swagger story with plenty of twists and turns. And like the other stories of the series it is peppered liberally with unnecessary detail about the firearms and ammunition while getting some basic facts wrong. Others have noted the South Carolina/North Carolina problem; let me remind Mr. Hunter that a brick wall does not provide cover from a .50 cal round. The bigger problem, though, is Buck Schirner's narration. Schirner has the perfect gravel voice for Bob Lee Swagger. But that's the extent of his value. He can't do accents or dialects well or consistently but he constantly tries to do them, and he has problems pronouncing some less common words in the English language. He also has a problem with phrases that break across lines, leading to odd inflections in many cases. He needs an editor or producer to smooth over these issues with his delivery, and Mr. Hunter needs to focus on telling the story and not on educating his readers - many of whom are probably more familiar with firearms than he is -- about guns and ammo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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