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Rita

RAPID CITY, SD, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished. In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

    keasha says: "Best book I've read in a long time!"
    "Great Story, Poor Narration"
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    What did you like best about Frozen in Time? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story and hated the narration. I didn't pay attention to who the narrator was when I bought the book; however, an hour into it I realized it had to be the author. There was no other explanation for the poor narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was almost whispering at times and there was no inflection in his voice. It was basically monotone for over 8 hours. Also, the narration was not succinct. Another reviewer called it a slurring of the words and I completely agree.


    Was Frozen in Time worth the listening time?

    I greatly regret purchasing the audiobook strictly because of the poor narration. I highly recommend those interested in this book to purchase the e-book or hardcopy/paperback instead of the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for the story, but only as an e-book or hardcopy/paperback purchase.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (898)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Very entertaining and highly moving"
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    Where does The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far my favorite audio book, and I listen to an average of two books per month. The book is surprisingly funny and uplifting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I experienced a wide range of emotions while listening to the story. I laughed out loud at times, was touched by the sweetness of the main character, and was also very sad at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Having grown up nine miles from a reservation, I was moved when the main character described the vast differences between the lives of Native American and white children.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed the narration, particularly the author's accent. This is one book I'm so glad I listened to instead of read on my Kindle. I think the author's emotion during narration greatly enhanced my experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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