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What would have made My Life as a Foreign Country better?
This narration is atrocious. Think breathless eunuch in a poetry slam for 5 HOURS!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Do not know; couldn't get past chapter 4
Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?
No no no no no
What character would you cut from My Life as a Foreign Country?
Any additional comments?
Please re-record this
“My Life as A Foreign Country” is a bombastic failure as an audio book. Brian Turner is an ex-soldier and current author/poet. He is poorly served by Kevin Collins’ narration of an insightful contrast of soldiers fighting past and present wars. Turner’s meaning is mangled by the narrative actor. The listener hears a narrator’s acting voice more than the literal confusion, frustration, and terror of an American soldier fighting a war in a foreign country. The author’s words describing post-traumatic stress are inadvertently trivialized because meaning is lost in the narrator’s bluster.
Turner is a multi-generational soldier. He contrasts what he believes is his grandfather’s, father’s and uncle’s experiences, in earlier wars, with his experience in Kosovo and Iraq. The remote killing of drones is revealed as a technological advance that carries the same psychological damage as being a pilot in WWII or Vietnam. “My Life as A Foreign Country” needs to be re-produced as an audio book to fulfill its promise as a memoir of modern war. Kevin Collins’ audio book version of "My Life as A Foreign Country" is disappointing.