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sarah

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  • Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings.

    David Ewing says: "Solid American Greatness"
    "better to read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.


    What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

    Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28218)
    Performance
    (21840)
    Story
    (21927)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I am so in!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I have never liked anything in the fantasy genre before. I gave this a try because I really got into the HBO television series. Within the first two chapters, I knew I would be reading the entire series. I have become invested in each character as he/she develops, and speak to my husband about my hopes and worries for each, as though they are real people. The story keeps me on my toes. I cannot seem to leave this story alone for more than a few hours, and find myself looking forward to my public transportation rides to listen again. Roy Dotrice changes his reading style for each character to perfectly capture his/her attitude and personality. He is consistent and recognizable with these changes too. I could come into an unknown part of the book, and be able to tell which character was speaking just by listening to his inflection. Throw out all your previous biases toward fantasy and listen to this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4570)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2711)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "cliche"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Matterhorn?

    Green kid sees war and comes out hardened man. Really? Nothing in this book was original in the war story genre. The performance by Pinchot was fine, but he could not help the story line. Only toward the end of the book was I actually able to recognize or know any of the characters except the main. I was bored, but stuck it out to the end hoping for a change or some sort of reward. None came. It ended just as unoriginally as it began.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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