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The Drifters Audiobook

The Drifters: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1971, 2014 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    D Pohl 10-08-15
    D Pohl 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Robotic narration sucks out the life"
    What disappointed you about The Drifters?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that after waiting so long for Michener to be available, the performance could be so bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, please junk this recording and produce a new recording with a new narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 05-02-16
    Bill 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Period Piece of The Sixties!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicmt 01-05-16
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    "Narrator like a robot"
    What did you like best about The Drifters? What did you like least?

    Interesting but not Michener's best.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator slow, toneless, like a robot. Didn't make it interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edie Gormet Caliornia 11-02-15
    Edie Gormet Caliornia 11-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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