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Elizabethtown, IN, USA
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  • Reflections on the Forgotten 20th Century
  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The accelerating changes of the past generation have been accompanied by a similarly accelerated amnesia. The 20th century has become "history" at an unprecedented rate. The world of 2007 was so utterly unlike that of even 1987, much less any earlier time, that we have lost touch with our immediate past even before we have begun to make sense of it - and the results are proving calamitous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb. Insightful essays, Performance to match

  • By Louis on 05-02-12

A Deep Well of Information and Opinion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-09

I wasn't familiar with Judt before reading this book, and I had only a passing knowledge of many of the featured people.
The essays seem somewhat Judeo-centric, but they are fascinating and they have introduced me to people and philosophies I'll enjoy pursuing.
The essays on the more recent time periods (newer than 2003) seemed hollow, considering the economic and political changes of the past 18 months. I enjoyed all the others.

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  • Intruder in the Dust

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Intruder in the Dust is at once an engrossing murder mystery and an unflinching portrait of racial injustice. Set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, it is the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a black man wrongly arrested for the murder of Vinson Gowrie, a white man. Confronted by the threat of lynching, Lucas sets out to prove his innocence, aided by a white lawyer, Gavin Stephens, and his young nephew, Chick Mallison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent characterization, fine suspense

  • By Doug on 05-14-09

A true classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-08

This is one of my favorite books, although many do not consider it one of Faulkner's best. Faulkner was gifted with the ability to write memorable quotes of dialogue, and there are some gems here. Reading Faulkner always requires concentration, but it's worth the effort. In this story he takes a very simple plot, occurring over a very short time frame, and creates a fascinating work by exploring what the characters think about themselves and their community. One note of caution: the book is full of a few words that have become racial hot buttons. The story is set in the South in the 1950's. These words don't bother me - I'm not afraid of words, and they are true to the setting of the story - but it's something a reader who is unfamiliar with Faulkner should be aware of.

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  • The Great Hurricane

  • 1938
  • By: Cherie Burns
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. Severe weather wasn't mentioned; only light rain was forecast for the following day. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing book!

  • By Tracey on 04-23-13

Great Storm Stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-08

The book is well researched and well presented, with anecdotes of many people and how they fared through this incredible hurricane. The reader handles the material very well. A book like this reads quickly because it's organized in a way that allows the events to tell their own exciting tales. It's also a fascinating reminder of how much day to day life in this country has changed in just a few generations, not all for the better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful