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Scott

Corbin, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1581)
    Story
    (1594)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Wanting success for another as much as yourself."
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    If you could sum up The Boys in the Boat in three words, what would they be?

    Winning requires trust.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe, what a lot for a young man to endure I admire his spirit and his ability to grow, very inspiring, the men from this era are truly special.


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

    I listened to Unbroken and this was just as good. Herrmann is my favorite I look for books that he narrates.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The beauty of true teamwork gives more to a man than just a victory!


    Any additional comments?

    The book was well written and performed the story could be used as material for a college course or church sermon series. I was impressed by its depth.

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  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (999)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Great story of honor and chivalry!"
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    What did you love best about A Higher Call?

    I like the perspective of the German side and that not all Germans were Nazi's but dedicated soldiers.


    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    My favorite so far has been Unbroken and this story was close.
    Unbroken was more extensive but this centered on the character of people (German Pilots) who operated by different code (at least those in the story). A good story of maintaining integrity through difficult situations.


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

    I enjoyed his pace and tone a well executed performance.


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

    As a pilot I was moved in several parts especially during the flights. Without giving away anything I was very moved at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was right up my alley, WWII, perseverance, integrity, honor, the flying was a bonus.

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12845)
    Performance
    (8725)
    Story
    (8773)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Inspiring story, will be hard to match this one!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louie by far.You had to admire both his physical and mental fortitude under such adverse circumstances.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    His tone was great nothing was ever overdone.


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

    I will say there were times my heart sank and I was moved deeply by both the brutality and the camaraderie.


    Any additional comments?

    As a runner I would listen to Unbroken as I ran, on days when I should have rested I ran just so I could hear this story, one that I will never forget.

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