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Nathan

FPO, AP, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Finding George Orwell in Burma

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Emma Larkin
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Over the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, she has come to know all too well the many ways this police state can be described as "Orwellian". The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long has. The connection between George Orwell and Burma is not simply metaphorical, of course; Orwell's mother was born in Burma, and he was shaped by his experiences there as a young man working for the British Imperial Police.

    Roger says: "Orwell's Horrors Brought to Life"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This book was absolutely excellent. It takes the reader on a trip through Burma while giving the information needed to empathize with the oppression that the Burmese face. It follows the path of George Orwell and frequently uses quotes from 1984 and Burmese Days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gideon Rose
    • Narrated By Gideon Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In 1991, the United States Army trounced the Iraqi army in battle only to stumble blindly into postwar turmoil. Then in 2003 the United States did it again. How could this happen? How could the strongest power in modern history fight two wars against the same opponent in just over a decade, win lightning victories both times, and yet still be woefully unprepared for the aftermath? Because Americans always forget the political aspects of war.

    Roy says: "Many Insights"
    "Great book, terrible naration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it covers very important topics and is an excellent book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non-fiction


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gideon Rose?

    Anyone, Gideon Rose is a smart guy, but somehow he totally managed to mispronounce things like Bin Laden, etc. It is unbelievable. I thought the book was read by someone else, but sure enough it is not. I don't understand how it cane be so bad.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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