In this triumphant best seller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops, including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world - as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the private world of these unforgettable characters, exposing their innermost desires with remarkable candor and infinite compassion.
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"A blockbuster of a book... full of surprise, drama, and fascination." (Philadelphia Bulletin)
"Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells... The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel." (Publishers Weekly)
"[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation." (Chicago Sun-Times)
The robotic narrator somehow managed to suck all the life and romance out of this Michener masterpiece. If there is any literary justice in this world, somebody at Audible will junk this recording and record it all again with a new narrator.
Any other narrator would have done a better job. This guy is terrible. At times I'm not sure whether the narrator is a human or a computer. And he reads too slow. I tried speeding up the playback, but that just made his robotic intonations sound worse.
Disappointment that after waiting so long for Michener to be available, the performance could be so bad.
Please, please, please junk this recording and produce a new recording with a new narrator.
The story line and characters.
I have no problem whatsoever with Larry's performance. He is NOT the problem
All of them
If this had been my first Michener book, it would have been my last.
Interesting but not Michener's best.
Narrator slow, toneless, like a robot. Didn't make it interesting.
Great story. As per most Michener books a great historical novel of tragic era of losses to war, drugs and sadness.
The reader is very poor. Got better as the story matured. I almost gave up on the beginning due to choppy word pronunciation almost as bad as computer reading. Liked the book. Never want to hear that reader again.
I go where you don't want to go
One of the best books I have read but wanted it on audible. The narrator sounds like a bot. It sounds like the unemotional read back of a computer.
James Michener's, The Drifters, takes you on an International journey with six young people in the turbulence of the late Sixties. It was a confused time of unclear moral boundaries, Vietnam, drugs and some great music. I didn't want it to end!
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