The Drifters

  • by James A. Michener
  • Narrated by Larry McKeever
  • 35 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this triumphant best seller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops, including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world - as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the private world of these unforgettable characters, exposing their innermost desires with remarkable candor and infinite compassion.

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What the Critics Say

"A blockbuster of a book... full of surprise, drama, and fascination." (Philadelphia Bulletin)
"Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells... The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel." (Publishers Weekly)
"[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Robotic narration sucks out the life

What disappointed you about The Drifters?

The robotic narrator somehow managed to suck all the life and romance out of this Michener masterpiece. If there is any literary justice in this world, somebody at Audible will junk this recording and record it all again with a new narrator.


How could the performance have been better?

Any other narrator would have done a better job. This guy is terrible. At times I'm not sure whether the narrator is a human or a computer. And he reads too slow. I tried speeding up the playback, but that just made his robotic intonations sound worse.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that after waiting so long for Michener to be available, the performance could be so bad.


Any additional comments?

Please, please, please junk this recording and produce a new recording with a new narrator.

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- D Pohl

Narrator like a robot

What did you like best about The Drifters? What did you like least?

Interesting but not Michener's best.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator slow, toneless, like a robot. Didn't make it interesting.


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- Vicmt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio