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karenshima

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  • The Greatest Generation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw
    Overall
    (153)
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    (55)
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    (53)

    In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation. America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values- duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

    Don Lance says: "Why we appreciate this generation"
    "emotionally touching and so very informative..."
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    Listening to the familiar voice of Tom Brokaw is the greatest treat to this story; it was indeed a highlight. The choice of examples he used in depicting this generation was superb and poignant. I now want to read the unabridged version. This audio version will also be a nice gift for friends and family of "the greatest generation" to take pride in what they have instilled as values in American society.

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  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (449)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Story continues to be great; narration diminished"
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    If you could sum up Harsh Cry of the Heron in three words, what would they be?

    I continue to enjoy the Tales of the Otori and really enjoyed the 4th book. However, the narration was disappointing. The pronunciation of the Japanese words and names are unsatisfactory, and the male narration is soft, gentle, and without impact. I will the earlier narrators could have been used. The story, however, continues to be fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Harsh Cry of the Heron?

    The challange with Lord Saga


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Fletcher and Henri Lubatti ’s performances?

    no


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  • The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (728)

    In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.
    With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.

    G. House Sr. says: "Cliff Hanger -- Batter Up for Book 6"
    "Drawn out ending to series"
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    This exciting series did need a proper conclusion, but the addition of so many new characters made the ending drag on and on until the middle of the book.

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