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John Cornwell

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  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

The road is a strange and wonderful story.

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Reviewed: 04-01-17

This is a strange and wonderful story. At times sad but ultimately a story of hope. Brilliantly read and keeps you interested until the end.

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  • The Quiet American

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Simon Cadell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler finds it hard to stand and watch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love and War in Indo-China

  • By Kirstine on 27-07-10

The best book about Vietnam

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Such a brilliant book written by the one and only Graham Greene. Not afraid of upsetting the American market by his depiction of post war American blind belief in being right no matter what the cost might be. A candid depiction of European power fading in colonial decay as prestige is superseded by a new world order.

  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rumour of war (Vietnam through the eyes of a vet )

  • By paul medcalf on 22-09-17

The Vietnam's All Quiet on the Western Front. A thoughtful and considered story of a boy going to war and the men he served with

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Reviewed: 23-06-16

A fine performance of a very fine book. As good as it gets on the Vietnam war.