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Jim E

San Jose, CA, USA
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  • The March

  • A Novel
  • By: E.L. Doctorow
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncivil War

  • By Jim E on 09-27-05

Uncivil War

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-05

Authors and historians uniformly treat war as either an individual's experience or some combination of military strategies and conquests. Almost never does an author show that war is not either or, but both.

Doctorow walks the tightrope in this gripping story of battles, conquests, race, class and individuals....especially individuals, representing every stripe and type all swallowed by Sherman's multi-bodied beast and its inexorable march to the sea.

In covering Sherman's campaign, the author makes it emblematic of the whole Civil War. The casual cruelty is more than any planned offensive. The lives broken and reformed a kind of mirror of a ravaged and remade Union.

There's not a single slow passage in the whole narrative and the urge to listen to it from beginning to end in a single sitting nearly irresistable.

More than any tale in memory, this is the most compelling reconstruction of what Civil War really meant.

This is a must have!

40 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • The Tender Bar

  • A Memoir
  • By: J.R. Moehringer
  • Narrated by: J.R. Moehringer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again, the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak, and eventually from reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Deal and a Good Deal More

  • By Jim E on 09-15-05

A Good Deal and a Good Deal More

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-05

"The Tender Bar" is that most elusive item today, a wonderful tale lovingly told. For any guy who has been lost and found this story connects on levels seldom touched today. Alternately plaintive and hard-boiled the story never slows or lessens its grip on us. It is real writing by a real writer. JR as the narrator only makes the listening that much richer carrying the words lovingly on his tongue. This is a 'must have.'

16 of 17 people found this review helpful