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The Girl in Green Audiobook

The Girl in Green

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It's 1991. Near Checkpoint Zulu, 100 miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones in part to avoid his lackluster marriage and a daughter he loves but cannot connect with; Arwood is a Midwestern American private who might be an insufferable ignoramus or might be a genuine lunatic with a death wish - it's hard to tell. Desert Storm is over, and peace has been declared, but as they argue about whether it makes sense to cross the nearest border in search of ice cream, they become embroiled in a horrific attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is killed as they are trying to protect her. The two men walk away into their respective lives. But something has cracked for them both.

Twenty-two years later, in another place, in another war, they meet again and are offered an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation. Or is she?

©2016 Derek B. Miller (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Rob Wagner 07-08-17
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    "Stay with this book. You will be glad you did."

    I was not at all sure that I would like this book when I started it. But I stayed with it and I encourage you to do the same. It is a well-told story with characters who offer us insight into the complexities of modern Iraqi and Middle Eastern life and conflict and how we from the West do our best to help. I am a better man for having read this book.

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    Sara 08-18-17
    Sara 08-18-17
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    "A Disconnect"

    I am a huge fan of Miller's first fantastic book, Norwegian by Night. I was thrilled when I saw he had published a second book. Well, the new book isn't what I had hoped for or expected. I've read the other reviews and have tried to stick with this as suggested. It has been several hours of listening and I still don't feel any connection to the characters or the story being told. The book is focused on Desert Storm through the Gulf War and has a cynical and even distant tone. Do read the other reviews--many people seem to love this book. Just not for me.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 08-08-17
    C. S. 08-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Spectacular"

    This is a phenomenal book. This story follows the main characters from 1991 in the first Gulf War through 2013. It begins and ends in Iraq. The middle is filled with some of the best action, funniest dialogue, poetic justice, and philosophical debate available in fiction.

    Not only is this story wildly entertaining, it also gives the reader a lot of insight into how soldiers, NGO aid workers, innocent bystanders, and even terrorists think & make decisions.

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    "Very good book"

    ONE of the best books I have read in a while. very detailed in characters thoughts, actions, places and time. glad I found Derek Miller. Thank you for this great journey with this book, even though I wanted to know what happened to Arwod...

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    Sharey 08-08-17
    Sharey 08-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    The best part of this book was the excellent narration. The plot just seemed very unlikely and no matter how I tried, I just found this book to be uninteresting. It was a chore to finish.
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    D. S. Johnson 09-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "So good"

    Miller's writing is irresistibly compelling. I loved this book as well as Norwegian by Night. Anxiously awaiting his next.

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    Dawn 09-11-17
    Dawn 09-11-17
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    "A captivating story"

    A captivating story intertwined with heroism, political and cultural insights into the conflict in the Middle East, and the emotional toll that follows a helpless witness to violence (from several different perspectives - the soldier, the journalist, and the survivor). The narrator did an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character, if not the perfect accents in a multi-cultural cast. Kept me interested throughout the story with some parts that were funny, some tender, and others horrific. I would recommend this book, even if you are not usually a fan of the war-story setting.

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    LoveShoes 09-02-17
    LoveShoes 09-02-17
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    "excellent!!"

    Unbelievably good book. The intertwining of politics, suspense, intensity and character development was terrific!!!

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    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 09-01-17
    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 09-01-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I can't see what everyone is so excited about...."

    I was attracted to this book because of all the great ratings. One person wrote to be patient it is well worth it. Well, after three hours the story was just getting started. By this time I didn't care enough for the main characters to continue. Maybe it's just me.

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    Ichiji 08-31-17
    Ichiji 08-31-17
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    "Funny and Poignant, an Unexpected Delight"

    Arwood Hobbes is one of the most sardonic, courageous and memorable characters ever. If you don't love Arwood, you won't love the book, but I did! The book is actually more about Benton, and the two make for a very unlikely pair, but Arwood is amazing. All of the characters are well drawn, and the narration was excellent. The prose is lovely at times, but always accessible. The story is weirdly uplifting despite being almost painful to hear. If you like dark humor (and don't like terrorists) this book is for you. This was one of the most unexpected delights I have listened to on Audible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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