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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Time In Between

by David Bergen
audiobook: 8 hours
narrated by Anna Fields

*** About the Book ***

Vietnam Veteran Charlie decides to visit Vietnam thirty years after he fought there. When his family doesn’t hear from him for a while, two of his children, Ada and John, head to Vietnam to look for him.

*** Why I Listened To It ***

I saw it while browsing the audiobook section of my library and knew it would count for the War Through the Generations: Vietnam Challenge.

*** My Thoughts ***

I really didn’t like this book. I enjoyed the portions of the story told from Charlie’s point of view, but most of the book was told from Ada’s point of view and I just didn’t get her. Nor did I get John. If I flew around the world to look for my missing (and semi-estranged) father, I think I’d be searching a bit more actively. I do understand the appeal of losing yourself in a new place, acting differently than you would at home where people know you, but hello people! You are here to look for your father!

I could go on but it really isn’t worth my time. The only reason I finished this book was because the narrator did a pretty good job and I wanted to see how things turned out in the end. If I had been reading it (rather than listening) I’d have given up on it.

*** Your Thoughts ***

Has anyone read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you have. Am I missing something profound here? I doubt it, but I’ll listen to your argument if you think that I am.


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Too funny. I would think that a trip like this would have inspired some type of urgency, but I guess not! Focus people.

bermudaonion said...

I wonder if this is based on a true story. I think I'll skip it.

Alyce said...

The title caught my attention, but that cover is really a turn-off.

Heather J. said...

Nicole - I know, right?!

bermudaonion - I certainly hope it is not ...

Alyce - yeah, this was one of those covers that I didn't want anyone else to see in my possession!

Trish said...

Yeah, I see what you mean. I had mixed feelings about this book; all the family stuff left me baffled. What I did like, though, was the foreign travel aspect of it. I love the idea of getting lost in a place and culture totally different from my own. I don't think I'd ever do it . . . but I do love reading about it.

Heather J. said...

Trish - The family stuff left me baffled too! Maybe my family is just too normal? LOL

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