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Patrick

Powell, OH, United States

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  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Great story that just never seems to come together"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Night Soldiers?

    It seemed like a great story, but the author overly depends on partial explanations and relying on the reader to understand what is going on. If this was an occasional occurrence it would be ok, but we seem to jump constantly in and out of the story and never seem to understand what is happening. I end up having to back the book up constantly to try and understand what is happening. I still am not quite sure I do. Very laborious to listen to 6 Hours into the book and I have given up.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Furst before, how does this one compare?

    I have never heard his books before.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Christo


    What character would you cut from Night Soldiers?

    I couldn't follow which character was which to tell you well enough anything about them.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did not do a good job of fully describing the story. Details were left out, and assumptions were made that left the reader wondering. Very dissapointed as I would have liked the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Heroes: A Men at War Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    June, 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare ore that will power a top-secret weapon....

    Scott says: "Horrible acting job by the narator."
    "Awful narration performance and poor writing style"
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    What did you like best about The Last Heroes? What did you like least?

    This book seems to be an early writing attempt by the author. While the story is good, it is very distracting to have "he said.". constantly in the text just to be followed up 5 words later with "Canidy said". This in itself is distracting to a fault and is not necessary. I have read a lot of other books by this author and have not experienced this in those.


    The book does a great job of pulling you into the story line of the two main characters, however when the other character's story lines are brought in they are rather uninteresting, a bit bothersome or distracting. I don't believe enough effort was built into these parts of the story and they end up being a necessary after thought.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    I will buy another book, but not on the merits of this particular book. I have read a good number of his novels and think they are fabulous. I will continue this series solely in the hope he improves quickly and that he finds a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am a great fan of audio books, and have always been impressed with the ability of the narrators. This is the first book that I have to say was an awful narration. The character voices were forced and sounded awful. None of the voices sounded realistic. I hate to be so negative but I put the narration on par with a 6th grade drama reading. Knowing the narrator will also narrate the next book in the series gives me great pause to purchase it.


    Do you think The Last Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes it is part of a series. Honestly, I really feel like the book was just getting started when it ended. the story line did not come to a close.


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