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Robert

Just a history teacher who loves to read

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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  • It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rye Barcott
    • Narrated By Rye Barcott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    In 2000 Rye Barcott spent part of his summer living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand ethnic violence - something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined.

    Hailey says: "Not What You Think It Is"
    "Modern day events through the eyes of a big heart"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about It Happened on the Way to War?

    I particularly liked the swahili used in the story, as well as the bouncing around geographically.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Almost, I read the paragraphs about a women with aids who washed Barcott's pants to my students to help them understand his reaction to good will despite being in a miserable situation.


    Any additional comments?

    A great audio book for following along in the class, or listening to on a treadmill.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

    Robin says: "Well written, well read"
    "Brings to life a crazy history of Europe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I particularly liked the accents used, and the pacing.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This is a difficult history for me to stay interested in, all the political marriages, and names of one noble after another. This audiobook helps me wrap my mind around the story, and throughout a big part of listening to this I looked up the proper nouns in google images to better visualize this geography.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    yes, the pronunciation, especially for Scottish and French words, was very valuable.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Great read, definitely have a hard copy so you can spell the words you want to look up correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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