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Mary Ann Wandell

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  • American Rust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation-as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love-that arise from its loss. From local bars to train yards to prison, it is the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.

    Darwin8u says: "A Web of Despair and Desperation"
    "Bad book."
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    What was most disappointing about Philipp Meyer’s story?

    The author had his own ax to grind. It showed in both books. He will excuse murder commited by the so called working class. The author has no moral compass.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1231)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "The Son"
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    What would have made The Son better?

    The author had his own ax to grind. It showed in both books. He will excuse murder commited by the so called working class. The author has no moral compass.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philipp Meyer again?

    NO! I gave him a second chance and it was a waste of my money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

    Jean says: "Forester's last book"
    "Adds little to the Hornblower saga"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As I am re-reading (listening) to the Hornblower saga and this title came up, I gave it a try. I'd never seen the title before. This vignette was assembled after Forester's death from his notes and I thought added little or nothing to the saga.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. S. Forester before, how does this one compare?

    Poorly.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very well. He is a good reader.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. The translation of Forester to the screen (big and small) has never been done to my satisfaction. The BBC effort was enjoyable, but the screen writers took far to many liberties with Forester's work for my taste. I have been a Forester fan for many decades. There was no need to alter his plots. As for the Gregory Peck B&W, it was horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work, Audible. I really enjoy the audio books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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