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Publisher's Summary

In this triumphant best seller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops, including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world - as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the private world of these unforgettable characters, exposing their innermost desires with remarkable candor and infinite compassion.

©1971, 2014 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A blockbuster of a book... full of surprise, drama, and fascination." (Philadelphia Bulletin)
"Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells... The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel." (Publishers Weekly)
"[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Robotic narration sucks out the life

What disappointed you about The Drifters?

The robotic narrator somehow managed to suck all the life and romance out of this Michener masterpiece. If there is any literary justice in this world, somebody at Audible will junk this recording and record it all again with a new narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Any other narrator would have done a better job. This guy is terrible. At times I'm not sure whether the narrator is a human or a computer. And he reads too slow. I tried speeding up the playback, but that just made his robotic intonations sound worse.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that after waiting so long for Michener to be available, the performance could be so bad.

Any additional comments?

Please, please, please junk this recording and produce a new recording with a new narrator.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Narrator like a robot

What did you like best about The Drifters? What did you like least?

Interesting but not Michener's best.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator slow, toneless, like a robot. Didn't make it interesting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Drifters

Great story. As per most Michener books a great historical novel of tragic era of losses to war, drugs and sadness.
The reader is very poor. Got better as the story matured. I almost gave up on the beginning due to choppy word pronunciation almost as bad as computer reading. Liked the book. Never want to hear that reader again.

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  • Michael
  • Glen Burnie, MD, United States
  • 11-14-16

My Least Favorite Michener Book.

What disappointed you about The Drifters?

The story line and characters.

What was most disappointing about James A. Michener’s story?

Uninteresting

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

I have no problem whatsoever with Larry's performance. He is NOT the problem

What character would you cut from The Drifters?

All of them

Any additional comments?

If this had been my first Michener book, it would have been my last.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love Michener

So happy these are now on audible
I will listen to all of them!! Hoorays

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Stands the test of time

I recently listened to this book which impressed me over 40 years ago when I first read it. It's surprising how much Michener got right in his predictions about the future of our society. Also surprising, was how I responded to the more politically incorrect word use found in sections of the book. Culture does shape us.

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Narrator Ruins Great Story

I love this book and story and have read it myself a couple of times. But it hurts me to hear this stiff, stilted and altogether uninteresting rendition of it by this narrator. Please hire someone else to deliver this wonder story.

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  • Tracy
  • Winston-Salem, NC, United States
  • 05-01-17

Interesting reflections on a turbulent time.

This was a look at an eclectic group of travelers experiencing Europe and Africa in the early 70's. Half of the group were privileged trust fund young adults, with back stories that reflected the angst of the generation, including two who were running away from the Vietnam war draft. These characters were determined to not live like their parents as they rebelled by embracing the free love and drug culture. The central narrator was an established older gentleman who connected with each person through past and current roles in their lives. Several spiraled into emotional and physical peril, while others learned what they needed to thrive.

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enjoyed this book

Michener is very good at intrrpreting the baby boomer generation : including the viet nam war, draft dodgers, and race relations,.He included the problems between His insight is amazing while he tells the tale of youthful optimists trying to solve the problems plaguing their generation.

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Wrecked a great book

One of the best books I have read but wanted it on audible. The narrator sounds like a bot. It sounds like the unemotional read back of a computer.