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  • Hiroshima

  • By: John Hersey
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

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 new edition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors - and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading for a Reason

  • By Joe on 03-04-14

Something we best remember

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

A great account of several people's experiences when Hiroshima was bombed and what they did with their lives afterwards. Also interesting insites into Japanese mores.

  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get a better narrator.

  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

It sounded like Siri was reading the book

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would hire a good editor to shape a story and not allow for the off-topic details and the inconsistent presentation of the material (flowery in one area, list of factoids in another, and redundant in spots). The strongest narrative was the last few paragraphs - why wasn't this material rephrased and used at the beginning to draw readers in?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Two words: cohesive narrative

How did the narrator detract from the book?

OMG - monotone with an inability to break sections into phrases. Reading aloud is like music, add some dynamics, some change in pitch, use pauses effectively.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

For once, I'm trusting Hollywood will do a better job of presenting the story than the book. (And now I'll go look up who the screenwriter is as s/he will deserve an award of some type if they managed to make an intelligible narrative where this book failed.)

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Unorthodox

  • The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
  • By: Deborah Feldman
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world

  • By Ella on 03-10-12

Narrator not as good as the words she was saying.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

What did you love best about Unorthodox?

The author, at times, had wisdom beyond her years. I had no idea about the lives of Hasidic Jews - just the images in the media - and this was a great inside look as to the rules and resulting confusion of both men and women raised in this culture.

What didn’t you like about Rachel Botchan’s performance?

There were times it was clear her intonation was at the end of a line, but not the end of the sentence. Her voice was a distraction and I had to re-listen to sections to get the content and ignore her voice. Especially towards the end, I expected more gravitas, but instead she chose a tone that made the author's text sound like a the rantings of a spoiled brat. Maybe it was the direction she was given (if there was any). I will make it a point to remember to not listen to anything she reads again.