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Hiroshima | [John Hersey]

Hiroshima

A journalistic masterpiece. John Hersey transports us back to the streets of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945—the day the city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Told through the memories of six survivors, Hiroshima is a timeless, powerful classic that will awaken your heart and your compassion. In this newedition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors—and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.
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A journalistic masterpiece. John Hersey transports us back to the streets of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945—the day the city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Told through the memories of six survivors, Hiroshima is a timeless, powerful classic that will awaken your heart and your compassion. In this newedition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors—and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.

©1985 John Hersey (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Required Reading for a Reason"

    It's the story of 6 survivors of the A-bomb at Hiroshima. It reflects on the atrocity of a "total war" strategy but also in the surprising paradigm of the Japanese. I was supposed to read it in middle school but I did not.

    The book itself is pretty simple; a narrative that groups each subject "bomb affected person" in somewhat-defined chaptered spans of time. The descriptions are concise and laregly unembellished. Simply one fact or event to the next. The culmination of these pictures provides a dynamic portrait of the Japanese population both at the time of the attack and later in life.

    I don't like to say I "like" books where the subject matter is so terrible, particularly a book of non-fiction, but it is interesting and I hope, for a variety of reasons, it stays on required reading lists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arielle 11-24-12
    Arielle 11-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Wonderfully Odd Mix"
    Where does Hiroshima rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Considering I've only read one other audio book thus far, this is ranked at number one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character because they are real people, and all of them were interesting, but I fuess I looked forward to listening to what happened to Miss Sasaki after the explosion the most. "What happened to that poor, lonely girl with the leg?" But I have to say, I really thought the German father--Father Kleinsorge was the most inspiring and kind.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He paused at all the right moments. It was kind of a funny combination because although I really found his voice to be pleasing and matter of factly, I kept thinking that he would be great as narrator for Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little.


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

    There were a few parts that felt like I might could cry, but there is such a distance kept between the reader and the people in the book, that it was a little difficult to get too close.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Kane 04-15-15
    Julia Kane 04-15-15 Member Since 2014

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "Hiroshima, the days and years that followed"

    Hiroshima, theAn easy read about a most shameful era in the history of mankind.

    Can you imagine walking into work one morning thinking about your children safely deposited at the local school and your spouse at home. Perhaps she will be making your favorite meal tonight. You are happily planning your day and looking forward to crossing things off your 'To Do' list.

    All of a sudden there is a massive bright light all encompassing ahead of you. Explosive, no 'implosive' noises that make you feel as if your ear drums will turn inside out. Everything comes to a halt. Hundreds, no, perhaps thousands of people just stop in their tracks. Seeing a mushroom shaped light you stare up at the brightest clod that you have ever beheld. Of course at that time no one in the general public has ever heard of an Atom bomb. What do you do? Everywhere you look there are the dead and dying. You are a part of a culture that is highly compliant when it comes to the rule makers in the government. However there are no rules for this. Indeed how could there be?

    This book puts faces, names and breaths life into this story. This is a living history.

    This is one history that I pray we never repeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 04-07-15
    Betty 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Difficult in the beginning but it was completely worth it. Very enlightening.
    Understanding the characters at first wax hard.

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    Alisha Lorentz 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Great Book about a Really Awful Subject."
    If you could sum up Hiroshima in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifying, Captivating, Powerful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hiroshima?

    I was captivated by the personal details of the stories like what they were eating, wearing, and thinking when the blast happened. It was a very intimate look into the lives of these survivors.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I think I will in the future.


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    A. Carey Columbus, IN USA 02-13-15
    A. Carey Columbus, IN USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not to be missed."

    Everyone should absorb the message of Hersey's superb account of the first atomic bombing and its consequences. A must listen.

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    No Suspicion 08-29-12 Member Since 2014

    I could wile away the hours...

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    "Don't forget Hersey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook rises to the top. The bombing of Hiroshima and its immediate, mid-range, and long-term impact on the modern world cannot be overstated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. Before John McPhee could perfect the art of nonfiction, bringing reality to life, he stood on the shoulder of a giant. That titan was John Hersey.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    It's understated, matter of fact, and because of the horrific nature of some of the material, that's a relief.


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

    It made me realize that people suffer and endure, and create new lives, even after remarkable stress, loss, and devastation.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended without reservations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jean-paul 08-30-14
    jean-paul 08-30-14
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    What disappointed you about Hiroshima?

    Didn't like the author style
    And the story itself


    Has Hiroshima turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes it has
    I will not buy any books related to this


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His style WAS CONFUSING


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

    Disappointment
    I was recommended this book and I hated it


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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