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Voler

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  • Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Keith Lowe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the 20th century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war.

    Christopher says: "Better in print?"
    "So you think you know post-nazi Europe?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Savage Continent the most enjoyable?

    A great deal of this history is available only in the languages of the countries involved, German, Polish, Serbo-Croatian etc., virtually nothing available in English. Mr. Lowe has done some great research. Why hasn't anybody else?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Savage Continent?

    Forced repatriation of Germans from Eastern Europe


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Although Mr. Lee did his homework, pronouncing the complexities of Polish most deftly, I got tired of his mimicking the various foreign accents. Probably needed to do it for most listeners, but I didn't need his rendition of Stalin et al.


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

    So you think you know what happened in Europe after the Nazi's were defeated


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not a numbers person, you'll tire of his endless statistics. But if you'll bear with it, this is an invaluable piece of post-war history

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  • The Berlin Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frederick Taylor
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The appearance of a hastily constructed barbed wire entanglement through the heart of Berlin during the night of 12-13 August 1961 was both dramatic and unexpected. Within days, it had started to metamorphose into a structure that would come to symbolise the brutal insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. A city of almost four million was cut ruthlessly in two, unleashing a potentially catastrophic East-West crisis and plunging the entire world for the first time into the fear of imminent missile-borne apocalypse.

    Voler says: "Excellent, intelligent, well-written book"
    "Excellent, intelligent, well-written book"
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    What about Daniel Philpott’s performance did you like?

    Unlike another reviewer, I wasn't bothered by Philpott's mimicking the speech of various politicians. It made the book clearer for listening purposes. The pronunciation was largely good and it always helps that the reader speaks with an English accent. American narrators a. Are often nasal and b. Mispronounce foreign words more


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

    No but it was amusing at times in a cynical way


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, well worth reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Lew Miller, Joyce B. Lazarus
    • Narrated By Kristin Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France is an unusual memoir about the childhood and young adulthood of Sarah Lew Miller. Born in a large Orthodox Jewish family in Dereczyn, Poland, Sarah's family moved to Paris in 1937 to escape poverty.

    The German Occupation of France just three years later threatened her family's existence with repressive anti-Jewish laws and massive deportations of Jews to death camps.

    Voler says: "Narrator why bother to learn French pronunciation?"
    "Narrator why bother to learn French pronunciation?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    1. Editing of the text to eliminate wordiness, elimination of endless adverbs, trite, repetitive phrases

    2. Reasonable effort on the part of the narrator to learn pronunciation of common French words & names. Most grating:
    Petain (she pronounced like PehTON instead of PehTahn)
    Milice (she pronounced like Millis instead of Milees)

    3. This book was written on the basis of the memories of an adolescent. It's perhaps a book for young adults but too simplistic for adults. She's no Anne Frank


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book on European history


    What didn’t you like about Kristin Price’s performance?

    1. Mispronunciation of French words/names (she could have checked the correct pronunciation easily)
    2. Hearing her draw her breath before phrases (I had to set the speed at 1.25x to drown it out.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me, a waste of $


    Any additional comments?

    This needs to be classified as young adults book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger". Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war.

    G. Robinson says: "Astonishing"
    "Fascinating, superbly read, rationed my listening!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scribbling the Cat the most enjoyable?

    Tough, truthful unadorned writing, no politically correct cant, regardless of personal opinions of the author, she didn't impose them on the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scribbling the Cat?

    Visiting the lion-owning veteran on the island with K


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    K


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

    Scenes with the two veterans revising Mozambique


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up as an expat in Asia and shared similar experiences. I remember hearing of the war although I didn't experience it. Nothing in the book sounded false or overladen with the pious earnestness, nay, sanctimoniousness so common in American and other muddle-headed authors on the subject. Bravo, Ms. Fuller...and K was right to let you tell your story and only get back in touch with you after you had finished the book. Bless him!

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