Georgia Beers is the author of eight lesbian romances and has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Grown Literacy Award.
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By Crackdown on 08-05-14
An interesting take on 9/11
This piece took an interesting look at the tragic events of 9/11 and brought the focus onto the fact that so many people were stranded while American airspace was closed down.
One of the things that really detracted me away from the story was the narration. It wasn't too bad, and a good attempt was made with the different accents, but there were a couple of words that were mispronounced, and that had me cringing. Plus the sound quality at times wasn't at all good. I'm not sure if that was from the download streaming, or if it was a engineering problem, whatever the cause it did detract from the story somewhat.
I was also disappointed that the only the USA was mentioned as losing people in the tragic events of that day, when in reality other countries also lost people in the Twin Towers. I understand that this was a direct assault on American soil, but a brief mention to the fact that other nationalities also lost their lives that day would have been more accurate. I'm not saying this to dismiss what America suffered that day, but I do tend to like things to reflect accurately the diversity of what happened. It's a personal thing, something I got from my parents; and if I offend anybody with that statement please understand it is not deliberate, but is just a reflection of things that don't sit right with me when facts are overlooked. Especially as the opportunity to mention it in passing (and that's all it needed to be) was there with the inclusion on a British man in the main story-line.
However that aside, this was a nice look into how people tend to bond, offer up their homes and support in times of adversity. For that alone it is a work worth recommending. It is all to easy to sometimes forget that as a society was can become too insular, this reminds us that communities and individuals can look past that and show compassion and kindness under very trying circumstances. And the author brought that into sharp relief, as well as letting us care about what happened to the people involved.
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By Sheila on 06-11-13
Very moving and superb narration!
What made the experience of listening to 96 Hours the most enjoyable?
The story was a deeply woven intricate study of a harrowing time - personal relationships and the beauty of relationships. I loved it from beginning to end.
What about Romy Nordlinger’s performance did you like?
Sensitive and beautifully narrated she's also great with the accents. I really liked her for being so able to be immersed in the characters and their stories. Beautiful. I found myself very moved and wasn't sure if it was the book itself or the narration but it must be a mixture of both.
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By Me & My Girls on 15-06-14
Woven around a very typical lesbian romance novel the author relates the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland in the aftermath of 9/11. During the 24/7 coverage at the time one of the great stories that was either unknown or overlooked was the way that the natives of the small Canadian town opened their hearts, their homes and their town; to the planes diverted there when US air space was closed. To see more about those events and the 96 hours in question check out YouTube's "A yellow Ribbon, Gander."
The romance was the stock girl meets girl, they find a reluctant growing attraction, they fight it; then finally act on it. The good feelings are lost; they part, both are upset. Then by an act of fate they're brought back together, their hearts soar the music plays and they walk off into the sunset together. Ms. Beers is a good writer and despite the predictability of the plot you're drawn in.
I highly recommend this book if for no other reason than the background story about Gander, and I thank my daughter for introducing me to this author.
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