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Funny, weird, light-hearted story

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

What made the experience of listening to Doc's Codicil the most enjoyable?

It has the feeling of a TV sitcom, complete with multi-generational relationships, a mix of plots, and a goofy character that may or may not be real.

What other book might you compare Doc's Codicil to and why?

Really, the play Harvey by Mary Chase.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Nativity Scene is a well-orchestrated series of disasters that keeps piling up.

If you could rename Doc's Codicil, what would you call it?

Squirrel Fishing with Doofus

Any additional comments?

Never got tired of listening to Conlan's characters. Especially Doofus.

Helpful narration of a difficult book

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If I had a friend who was a serious student of WWII naval history, and who was eager for the most minute detail, I would recommend this book. If a person wants a good story about this episode of the war, they would have to look elsewhere.

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

I don't think the intent of the book was to be enjoyable. This is a heavily detailed book that tries to give a definitive account of the various aspects of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. If I wanted an enjoyable account of this history, I would have to choose a book with a different intent.

Which scene was your favorite?

N.A.

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

N.A.

Any additional comments?

The narrator seems to be very attuned to the gravity of the book and the detail of the story. He adds life, personality, maturity, and a great story teller's voice to the project.

A dramatic new look behind a moment in history

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

What did you love best about Streets of Fire?

It's fast-paced, complex, and imaginative: a vivid look at people from many backgrounds caught up in the events of civil-rights-era Birmingham.

What did you like best about this story?

Each character has a specific point of view - intensely three-dimensional, unpredictable. The way all events draw to an unexpected conclusion kept me focused on the story from start to finish.

What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

Very intense and compelling. Fosters explores nuances of personality, accent, attitude and background that give most of the characters a sense of dimension.

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

Nobody cared why a little girl was murdered. Now one man will discover the truth... a truth that could change history.

Any additional comments?

Well done, Mr. Cook and Mr. Foster.

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