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Rosemarie

Retired educator, long-time reader

Sparks, NV, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1233)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Author is too repetitive--but narration excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--it gives so much insight into the lives and deaths of war.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration really appealed. Cranston's voice is so well-modulated that it almost seemed conversational.


    What does Bryan Cranston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Verbal phrases and the time frame with which I was familiar


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

    No--I needed to think about what I had just heard. However, because of the repetition, I sometimes thought I had mistakenly gone back in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Paul Boehmer, Christian Rummel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In Drawn, a mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of an artist who can't remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity. A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing, presumed-dead son is still alive and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor...and a predator.

    Jan says: "So Worth a Credit!!!"
    "I have heard this story before"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It is like so many stories to come out of occupied countries of the 1930s-40s. Basically, it took up too much of my time--would have been interesting as an article in Time or chapter in a book, but I have heard this basic story before now, with a different cast of characters. There is little to no suspense .


    What other book might you compare Drawn to and why?

    From the opposite side of the box," Diary of Anne Frank"


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good modulation--more than one speaker, which I liked, giving variety and a bit more believability.


    Could you see Drawn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly--with stars like Meryl Streep, and a, If handled correctly, this could have been interesting with a good director,such as George Lukas, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not with to deny the courage and sacrifice show in this book, but, to me, it just was the same as so many accounts of the period.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (321)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    Amanda says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "A poor tedious ghost-no envolvement for me"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Possibly for a beginning reader of novels who is somewhat superstitious.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The island


    What three words best describe David Rintoul’s voice?

    Passable--not bad for this genre


    What character would you cut from The Colony?

    So many who were thrown in to provide fodder.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book but quickly began to tire of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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