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  • The Girl from the Train

  • By: Irma Joubert
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

  • By john on 04-12-16

A great start but a disappointing development

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not anyone in my reading groups

Would you ever listen to anything by Irma Joubert again?

Maybe

How could the performance have been better?

the performance was fine.

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

I was disappointed in how the book developed. It started out as a good and interesting "read", but it ended as a cheap dime store romance. It was as if the author forgot what she was actually writing about, or had someone write the last half of the book for her.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • We Band of Angels

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan
  • By: Elizabeth M. Norman
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 219

We Band of Angelsis the story of women searching for adventure, caught up in the drama and danger of war. On the same day the Japanese Imperial Navy launched its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, it also struck American bases in the Far East, chief among them the Philippines. That raid led to the first major land battle for America in World War II and, in the end, to the largest defeat and surrender of American forces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very moving tribute!

  • By mark nelsen on 05-17-17

very poor narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-14

What disappointed you about We Band of Angels?

The narrator consistanly mispronounced words. It wasn't one or two unusual words but consistant words she either should have known or researched.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth M. Norman’s story?

She repeated a story of an event, with different facts. Also, some of her other facts were questionable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

NEVER

Any additional comments?

This was a very disappointing story about an extremely important period in American history.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Dog

  • The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
  • By: Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
  • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 9/11 and People who are blind

  • By Starlet on 09-05-11

Not much about Ground Zero

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-12

Would you try another book from Michael Hingson and Susy Flory and/or Christopher Prince?

maybe

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory again?

yes

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

no

What character would you cut from Thunder Dog?

none

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a book about the authors experience in Ground Zero, as a blind man with a guide dog. Instead it is mostly about the authors experiences and successes while being blind. Although I learned a lot from the book, I was disappointed that the title, and subtitle were misleading. I wondered if the title was chosen to boost sales of a book about the authors' life.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful