Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008
Overall good and complex story line with a view towards a part of WWII that I had little understanding of: Hungarian jews and the eastern front. Characters are well developed and deep.
He is an adequate reader but does a very poor job with French. His Hungarian sounded authentic but I am not Hungarian to know for sure.
Development in the first half of the novel took too long to unfold for my taste. The novel's considerable strength is in the 2nd half so the long 1st half dragged a bit for me.
No. I got it the first time and I'm happy with that
Gary. He is emblematic of the immigrant caught between 2 worlds
This is a nice introduction to Sino-American relations during the cold war told in a fictional format. The characters are interesting, and the events that Gary, the protagonist, deals with cover the gamut of Chinese-American cold war history However.I was, not moved or emotionally invested in any of these characters, as much as I enjoyed the story.
The narrator does a good job in switching between Chinese and North American voices.Overall, I enjoyed it but I doubt that I will read/listen to it again.
Portrayal of an immigrant's family struggle under difficult circumstances. The story ended prematurely without development of some of the themes.
This was a study in an immigtrant family's relentless drive for success through their children's lives under diffficult circumstnces. It portrayed the struggle of adaptation to a very different culture.The charcters are well devellped and realistic. The narration was excellent and well paced.
The story could have been more fully devloped however, and I found the ending disappppointing because I felt it was premature.
No because I now know the story and since it is a thriller it has less interest a second time. The first time was great however.
The fight on the pirate ship.
Nuanced, alternatively threatening and tender. Brilliant.
This is a brilliant adaptation of the play moved forward a generation with gripping drama and well developed characters all set into motion by spectacular narration. This is NOT the play Hamlet, but rather a creative restatement using some of the former characters and plot.
Yes. Great historical fiction
Handfull. Great portrayal of a complicated, noble, and persecuted individual
This book is a brilliant evocation of the mores and lifestyles of the old south prior to the civil war. The characters are well-developed and complex; the story is easy to understand but likewise complex with multiple plot twists, partially based on fact and the author's research. The narration is superb. If I have a complaint it is that the perspective is almost exclusively female which makes the story a little one-dimensional. Overall, however, a great listen.
The unfolding of the post rescue events were the most interesting and complex
I can't think of another; this is a unique story.
This is an incredible story of survival, perseverance, and determination with a fascinating discussion of the consequences of success after the rescue.It reminds us not to give up until there is proof of failure and that success has its own complications.
listeners from Aiustralia and/or Tasmania
The Charles Dickens part was disjointed and didn't blend in soon enough with the story to make it worthwhile continuing
He is an excellent narrator
This wasn't worth it for me
This is a well rendered fictional account of a very important episode in European history depicting the pervasive anti-semitism of the late 19th century and the antiquated leadership style of the French army of that era. It is also a great view of the society and culture of "The Proud Tower" of Europe, as Tuchman has described the era. On the down side, the plot was full of somewhat confusing subterfuge with multiple characters that were a bit of a struggle to keep straight in an audio format. this is a minor criticism.
The Dreyfus affair was an important episode in modern French history. It exposed the latent anti-semitism in France which was to become more apparent later in the 20th century and the pathetic leadership of the senior French military of the time. It also exposed the pervasive French mistrust and paranoia of Germany which in part set the stage for the run up to WWI. This book renders all this digestible in a great fictional format. David Rintoul's narration is excellent and his French accent est parfait!
in the top 20%
Ben--tenacious, humble, and brilliant working class survivor.
Berman has excellent control of the different voices and rotates smoothly between them. His narration is a pleasure.
I loved the blend of tight WWII suspense with the Jewish plight at the hands of the Nazis and the contemporary legal machinations. This is reminiscent of an historical John Grisham at his best.
Yes--if they were interested in the culture of the 60's and 70's and the roll of this music in our cultural history
Joe Hurley was fantastic, but Johnny Depp was uninspiring
Fascinating view of a very brilliant man and artist beset by self destructive tendencies but able to have a productive career in spite of his destructive lifestyle. The context of how the famous songs (Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash, etc.) came about was fascinating. He is brilliant but very self-absorbed.
The writing, the sense of place
Gascoigne--cheerful, independent, insightful, interesting past
Walter Moody--the trial scenes were fabulous
This book is a complex and brilliantly conceived story with many layers about a remote place and time. The narration is pitch-perfect as Meadows rotates seamlessly between indigenous Maori accents, Irish, Scotch, and English accents. The story is told in a non linear fashion with multiple loops back to the original themes making it easier to grasp. The writing is spectacular. This is a unique piece with throwbacks to a Jane Austen style but with a rare and exquisite layering of plot lines. It takes some time to get through it but it's worth it.
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