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  • Back Over There

  • One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count
  • By: Richard Rubin
  • Narrated by: Richard Rubin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced listeners to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war's last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very glad I read this book

  • By az-joe on 09-21-18
  • Back Over There
  • One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count
  • By: Richard Rubin
  • Narrated by: Richard Rubin

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AMERICAN BATTLEFIELDS

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Would you listen to Back Over There again? Why?

YES---AS SOON AS I FINISH. IT'S LIKE A GREAT FILM THAT THE MORE YOU SEE, THE BETTER YOU LOVE AND UNDERSTAND.

What did you like best about this story?

THE NARRATION IS DEEPLY RESPECTFUL OF THE AMERICAN SERVICE MAN. BECAUSE DE GUALLE HATED AMERICANS SO MUCH, I THOUGHT ALL THE FRENCH THOUGHT OF US AS BIG LOUD MOUTH SOLDIERS. THE FRENCH TRULY CARE ABOUT, AND LOVE--AND MEAN LOVE--WHAT THE DOUGHBOY, SAMMIES DID IN FRANCE, FOR FRANCE IN 1917 AND 1918.

What does Richard Rubin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

HIS UNIQUE VOICE. MANY TIMES I PREFER A PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS DIFFERENT. I FEEL LIKE I'M WALKING RIGHT BEHIND HIM ON THE BATTLEFIELD, FALLING IN FOXHOLES, STUMBLING OVER MESS KITS AND BARBED WIRE..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

GUYS JUST LIKE US.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, RICHARD RUBIN, DO A "BACK OVER THERE" FOR THE SECOND WORLD WAR!

  • American Philosophy

  • A Love Story
  • By: John Kaag
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

In American Philosophy, John Kaag - a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career - stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!

  • By karen on 12-04-16

MORE THAN A LOVE STORY

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

If you could sum up American Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

HEIDGIGER AND THE WHOLE GERMAN CROWD ARE A FOOT NOTE TO US.

Who was your favorite character and why?

THE AUTHOR:HE SHOULD BE ON GREAT COURSES--A GIFTED TEACHER--I FINALLY UNDERSTAND MODERN PHILOSOPHY

Which scene was your favorite?

THE ROMANCE AT THE AIRPORT

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

THE AUTHOR AND HIS PARAMOR CLIMBING UP THE MOUNTAIN

Any additional comments?

IF YOU'RE AFRAID OF PHILOSOPHY AND YOU WANT AN ABSOLUTELY PAINLESS INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHILOSOPHY--EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN--READ THIS.

  • Passchendaele

  • Requiem for Doomed Youth
  • By: Paul Ham
  • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

From Paul Ham, winner of the NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History, comes the story of ordinary men in the grip of a political and military power struggle that determined their fate and has foreshadowed the destiny of the world for a century. Passchendaele epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front. The photographs never sleep of this four-month battle, fought from July to November 1917, the worst year of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very compelling - good story, good narration

  • By David P. McGivern on 11-25-16

BLAME, GRIEF, SAVED.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

If you could sum up Passchendaele in three words, what would they be?

WHOM TO BLAME?

What did you like best about this story?

PAUL HAM FFORTLESSLY MOVES AMONG THE FRONT LINE SOLDIERS, (BOTH SIDES) GENERAL HAIG, PRIME MINISTER DAVID LLOYD GEORGE AND THE OMNIPRESENT ENEMY, THE GERMANS.

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

SAME GREAT QUALITY AND TONE, IT'S LIKE WATCHING A VERY SAD AND TRAGIC MOVIE.

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

GRIEF AT THE TERRIBLE SWAMP OF PAIN AND DEATH AND MUD AND GAS AND GORE OVER SUCH A TENDER, EMOTIONAL NAME, PASSCHENDALELE.

Any additional comments?

BLAME. WHOM TO BLAME? CONFRONTED BY TWO ENORMOUS EVENTS, PASSCHENDAELE AND THE ENGLISH BLOCKAGE OF GERMANY, PAUL HAM EVEN HANDEDLY IS ABLE TO EXPLORE THE MORAL UNIVERSE OF BATTLE. IT'S GENERAL HAIG VS DAVID LLOYD GEORGE. PRIME MINISTER DAVID LLOYD GEORGE IS RIGHT .THE SOMME AND PASSCHENDAELE ARE AN UNMITIGAGED DISASTER BY AN INCOMPETENT MORALLY BLIND DONKEY: GENERAL HAIG. GENERAL HAIG .IS RIGHT.:ATTRITION,THE SENSELESS LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG ENGLISH, AUSTRALIAN, CANADIAN, AND NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS WILL WIN THE WORLD WAR 1. HAIG WINS WORLD WAR 1. THESE LIVES ARE MORALLY VINDICATED BY GENERAL HAIG'S ENGLISH VICTORY. THEY DID NOT DIE FOR
NOTHING. THEIR BEAUTIFUL GREEN LOVELY ISLAND, THIS HOME, ENGLAND WITH THEIR SISTERS, BROTHERS, AND MOMS AND DADS WAS SAVED.

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  • Verdun

  • The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918
  • By: John Mosier
  • Narrated by: Wes Talbot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Alongside Waterloo and Gettysburg, the Battle of Verdun during World War I stands as one of history’s greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood. Conventional wisdom holds that the battle began in February 1916 and lasted until December, when the victorious French wrested all the territory they had lost back from the Germans. In fact, says historian John Mosier, from the very beginning of the war until the armistice in 1918, no fewer than eight distinct battles were waged for the possession of Verdun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book ruined by its reader

  • By E. Keenan on 01-12-14

AUTHOR LEANS HEAVILY TO GERMAN POINT OF VIEW

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Verdun to be better than the print version?

ABSOLUTELY!

What did you like best about this story?

I FINALLY UNDERSTAND THE MANY, MANY BATTLES OF VERDUN. IT TRULY IS A LOST, VERY LOST HISTORY. THE BOOK COVERS EVERY BATTLE FROM 1914 TO 1918.I BOUGHT TO HARDCOVER EDITION FOR THE MAPS.BUT THE MAPS ARE AWFUL AND NOT ENOUGH OF THEM.

Which scene was your favorite?

PETAIN--ARROGANT-WOMANIZER-ASTUTE AND LOVING COMMANDER (AND I DO MEAN LOVING) STANDING BY THE SACRED WAY WATCHING HIS FRENCH SOLDIERS TRUDGE INTO THE BATTLE.:NO WONDER THAT THEY LOVED HIM BACK.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES, EXCEPT WHEN HE GOES OFF TOPIC OR TOO DEEP INTO NON BATTLE TOPICS EG THE TRUE NUMBER OF CASUALATIES ON BOTH SIDE ETC.

Any additional comments?

HIS OBVIOUS GERMAN SYMPATHIES STUCK IN MY CRAW---I.E. THEY ONLY WANTED PEACE THAT'S WHY THEY INFLICTED THE WORSE BARRAGE IN HISTORY, PHOSGENE (POISON GAS) AND FLAME THROWERS ON THE FRENCH.AT VERDUN. IF THEY WANTED PEACE SO MUCH WHAT IN SAM HILL ARE THEY DOING 30 MILES FROM PARIS? WE WOULD FIGHT TOO, IF THEY WERE 30 MILES FROM WASHINGTON.BUT FOR THAT--I DON'T THINK HE WRITES AS WELL AS ALISTER HORNE WHO WROTE THE CLASSIC VERDUN ACCOUNT, BUT AT LEAST I COULD UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING--DESCRIBING THE MANY FRENCH FORTS AS A BATTLE SHIP BURIED IN SAND AND THE FRENCH TOWN OF FLUERY AS A RUBBLE HEAP WITH A SIGN, OR THE VAUQUOIS (ANOTHER BITTERLY FOUGHT OVER FRENCH TOWN) AS LOOKING LIKE A CHILD'S SAND CASTLE STEPPED ON, I CAN'T GET OUT OF MIND. AND HE HAS THESE LITTLE GEMS, LIKE ON EVERY OTHER PAGE.WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hitler's Hangman

  • The Life of Heydrich
  • By: Robert Gerwarth
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the 20th century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading

  • By Wilf H. on 01-05-17

TOO MUCH POLITICS--TOO MUCH HOLOCAUST HISTORY-

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

What did you love best about Hitler's Hangman?

I LOVED THE PERSONAL ANECDOTES WHICH WERE FAR AND IN BETWEEN. FOR EXAMPLE, THE MORNING BEFORE HIS ASSASSINATION, HE WAS PLAYING WITH HIS THREE CHILDREN. MORTALLY WOUNDED, THIS FANATICAL NAZI SOLDIER GOT OUT HIS CAR AND CHASED ONE OF THE ASSASSINS ON FOOT UNTIL HE COLLAPSED IN FRONT OF HIM.

Who was your favorite character and why?

HIS WIFE---VERY LITTLE ABOUT HER TOO MUCH ABOUT THE WORKAHOLIC MURDERER'S SCHEDULES AND MEETINGS AND SPEECHES AND ARTICLES. SHE WASN'T THE COMPLACENT NOT GET INVOLVED IN YOUR HUSBANDS LIFE NAZI WIFE. AFTER HE DIED SHE WAS SUEING AND WINNING CASES AGAINST THE GERMAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EVEN WROTE HER AUTOBIO--"MARRIED TO A WAR CRIMINAL."

Which character – as performed by Napoleon Ryan – was your favorite?

I HAVE NEVER HEARD HEYDRICH SPEAK BUT WITH A THE SLIGHT, VERY, VERY SLIGHT EMOTIONAL LISP HE DID THE HANGMAN'S VOICE PERFECTLY. HE ALSO DID THE VERY BEST HITLER VOICE I'VE EVER HEARD---AND WE HAVE ALL HEARD HITLER AND SEEN THE MANY DOCUDRAMAS.

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

YES!!! AFTER VIEWING THE ACTUAL SITES WHERE THOUSANDS OF HIS HELPLESS VICTIMS HAVE BEEN HEARTLESSLY MURDERED, HE GOES OFF TO PRACTICE FOR THE FENCING (SWORD FIGHTING) COMPETITION WHERE HE PLACED FIFTH.

Any additional comments?

TOO MUCH HOLOCAUST. THE TOPIC HAS ALREADLY BEEN COVERED VERY, VERY WELL BY MANY, MANY SCHOLARS. I FEEL I MISSED THE ACTUAL MAN. BUT THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT AND VERY WELL RESEARCHED AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOOK TO ANYONE. HIS HISTORICAL JUDGMENTS ARE PERFECT. HIS VALUES FROM THE A NON NAZI- WESTERN VIEW WERE NEVER UNFAIR--IF ANYTHING VERY, VERY FAIR TO HEYDRICH I.E. THROWN OUT OF THE NAVY (HIS LIFE AND DREAM) MADLY IN LOVE WITH LENA, HIS FANATICALLY NAZI WIFE, HE BECAME A NAZI TOO. BUT WHY DID HE BECOME A MASS MURDERER?
WHAT WAS HITLER'S STRANGE SPELL? THERE WAS NOTHING IN THIS GIFTED VIOLINIST PAST TO EXPLAIN THIS. HIS PARENTS WERE GOOD NON "JEW HATING" CARING GERMAN PARENTS. HE WASN'T IN THE FIRST WAR AND NEITHER WAS HIS FAMILY.
I DID BREATHE A SIGN OF RELIEF WHEN I FINISHED THE BOOK: THANK GOD HEYDRICH AND HIS KIND DID NOT WIN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

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  • To End All Wars

  • A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
  • By: Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of personalities

  • By Tad Davis on 06-09-11

THEY SAVED US ALL

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

If you could sum up To End All Wars in three words, what would they be?

If the Germans had pushed the British INTO THE SEA (3 words)--PERSONALLY ON A DAY TO DAY LEVEL-- what would have happened to us Americans-- you, Adam Hochschild, ME?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Good grief! ALL THE WOMEN: Emmeline Pankhurst, Charlotte Despard and all the Suffragists.

What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

He was very good. For me the book with its painful descriptions of a battlefield out of Dante's Inferno (in the rain) I wish he had been more emotional. I'm not sure they allow that in a political and military history.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! But the author had two books in one and the British military history was the pilot fish and simply didn't belong. BUT THE MILITARY HISTORY WAS THE BEST PART.. It's the first time I've said this about a military history: it was BEAUTIFULLY written. There were embarrassed tears for me as I read of the Indian cavalry and their poor horses riding into bullets. A British soldier stuck in mud, driven insane over four days impossible to save. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for years trying to contact his son in seances. Empire loving Rudyard Kipling driven half insane upon losing "my son Jack." A mother who writes letters to a son months after she knows him to missing and killed.

Any additional comments?

Adam Hochschild unintended, subliminal message is that the British soldier stuck in that sticky, stinking, gas poisoned, feces and body parts filled mud--DIED FOR NOTHING in hopeless attacks, led by that dumbest donkey, General Haig. But there is another STORY in all that gory detail. They didn't quit.

  • Vera Brittain and the First World War

  • The Story of Testament of Youth
  • By: Mark Bostridge
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Vera Brittain and the First World War tells the remarkable story of the author behind Testament of Youth while charting the book's ascent to become one of the most loved memoirs of the First World War period. Such interest is set to expand even more in this centenary year of the war's outbreak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Greek Tragedy

  • By Robert F. on 06-01-16

A Greek Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

If you could sum up Vera Brittain and the First World War in three words, what would they be?

Two words: SO YOUNG! Vera and her brother Edward, and her fiance, Roland, and Victor and Jeffery were children fighting (Edward--a captain was 22 when he was killed and the rest as young) fighting a World War.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vera Brittain and the First World War?

Poor dear Edward whom Vera loved beyond words--even more than the handsome wise talented Roland--turned this biography of Vera into a tragic mystery novel and the author into a detective. But I don't want to spoil the moment.

Which scene was your favorite?

Vera writing the Testament of Youth with two babies on her hip living the life of a modern single mommy (George is gone half the year).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Everybody dies-- like a terrible tragic Greek play--Roland, Jeffery, Victor, Edward all at once and then her father and Winifred almost in the same month and finally Vera losing her precious, beautiful mind asking "Who is Roland?".

Vera hated her son. Her daughter Shirley did her best to keep family skeleton (Uncle Edward) in the closet.

Now read Testament of Youth but skip the first 100 pages--it takes Vera that long to get to the War. The ending of the book, you can skip that too. To Vera's complete frustration, George, her husband. forced her to edit himself out of the book but for his name.

Watch the BBC Vera Brittain Teleplay--but the major players are all too old for their parts--Vera is 29. In real life, Vera and her brother and three friends were teenagers, just out of high school (public school over there).

The latest movie pictured on the cover is too slick, too romantic--too much Roland and not enough Edward, whom Vera and her Father grieved for every single day, He commited suicide and she had her ashes spilled on his grave somewhere in the freezing Italian Alps.

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  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Andrew on 12-14-12

I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WW1

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

Very good narrator and very clear explanations of complex issues. He breaks up the narration with BACKGROUND so that you never become overwhelmed with detail.

What other book might you compare A World Undone to and why?

"Inferno" which is a history of WW2 by Max Hastings. They both bring CLARITY (but they don't simplfy) international relations and battles.

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

Yes I love his tone---a little sad at the immense tragedy of the war.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No---it's quite long.

Any additional comments?

He concludes with "but that is another story." I sorely hope he writes that story.

  • A Storm in Flanders

  • The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom's gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought - and thought about - war. This is Groom's account of what would become the most dreaded place on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love, love, love this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-16-16

Not a another PHD history TEXTBOOK!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

If you could sum up A Storm in Flanders in three words, what would they be?

It was like watching a movie in my head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm in Flanders?

The description of the Slaughter of the Innocents: the 17-19 year old German teens and students hooking arms as they charged into the lines of professional, sharpshooting BEF (British Expeditionary Force) solders who fired so fast i.e.over 15 rounds a minute, the Germans thought it was machine guns. Worse, each bullet was directed fire--aimed.

What about David Baker’s performance did you like?

He's fine--a little young.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I resisted because it was so good. I've studied this battle, really battles, for years but could not understand who was fighting who and where and why until by chance I ran across this one by the author of Forest Gump. Then I knew--at last here was some one could write and explain--with out getting lost in HQ (headquarters) minutiae: TACTICS AND STRATEGY-- and anecdote this tragic event.

Any additional comments?

We need more writers writing history. I've read so many books by BIG NAME college prof's PHD's WHO CAN'T WRITE. When I finish the ordeal I'm more confused than when started They're just good for research. Get the PHD's out of the "newspaper office" and get the gumshoes back who have a nose for history and can write, write, write--it's something you're born with like the body of a great prize fighter.

AUDIBLE--PLEASE INCLUDE MAPS FROM THE BOOK THAT I CAN DOWNLOAD.

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  • Five Days Left

  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On My Personal Top 50 Of All Time

  • By Julia on 01-06-16

TWO BKS IN ONE-NEEDS TO EDIT OUT PILOT FISH SCOTT

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I gave it mostly 5 stars because Mara the HD victim and Scott's pregnant demanding wife were so well done.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mara--get rid of everybody else, but for Scott's wife--and this would be a five star novel.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

MARA (couldn't she come up with a better name for the heroine???!!!)

Who was the most memorable character of Five Days Left and why?

Harry the Cab Driver

Any additional comments?

I don't know why modern women novelists can't create good realistic male characters. Two dimensional (ripped, handsome dark haired, blue eyed) Dr. Tom and Teacher Scott are so noble I felt they should both be awarded the Medal of Honor at the end.But Harry the aftershave, mouthwash smelling cab driver made up for both cutouts.

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