Though i am an unapologetic Anglophobe I just finished and thoroughly enjoyed the 1st volume of The Last Lion on audiobook
He Delivers, with the right tone and cadence, the withering sarcasm of Churchill with gusto, and like Winston speaks abysmal French.
A good police thriller is made by the quality of the the villain. In this History the victim AND the villains are fantastically callous and despicable individuals , only their remoteness in time makes them safe for reading.
The story is fascinating, wonderfully alien in people's daily dealings of the occult and the holy. At one time a woman brings in a grievously wounded man and rather than tending to the man's wounds, she rushes out to find a priest so his immortal soul can be saved.
This story is made for the big screen, certainly an epic tale worthy of your time.
For me the story matters more than the reader but for this French medieval detective story a person with command of French is appreciated . René Auberjonois, of Deep Space Nine fame, with that French sounding name gives you momentary hope, that it will be perfection. It is not; but René is an American with notions of French so many pronunciations of names and place names are pretty good so B+!
I recommend reading a good bio of Winston Churchill before hand it will make this series all the more enjoyable as you will have the pleasure of his thinking within a familiar context.
This is the best book I have come across on the scientists that accompanied Napoleon on the French adventure in Egypt.
The narrator Cassandra Campbell while obviously an American speaker did a creditable job in pronouncing the French names and words which is always appreciated.
There is a freshness of tone in Nina Burleigh, perhaps due to the fact that she is a young journalist rather than a grizzled Historian. She has an obvious affection for Egypt, the Scientists and though she has reservations about Napoleon and the soldiers, but she does not have the usual hostility towards Napoleon found among Anglos.
A good read.
Yes I will, because I want to come back to the historical passages I am not as familiar with such as the remarkable story of US Ambassador Elihu Washburne, the tribulations of the medical students in Paris, or simply the rise of all those American artists who did their training in Paris.
Oh publishers what were you thinking? Yes Hermann is a good narrator but he butchers French in a book that takes place in Paris! This is the usual complaint about a narrator who does not know the language or regional peculiarities of where the book takes place. There is a passage in the book in which an American's awful accent got him out of a pickle, the joke there got quite lost I can assure you. Fortunately there are long passages in American where one can appreciate Hermann's narration.
David McCullough does know how to build up tension. There are artist so well known still today that we know how well or poorly they did, but many more whom we are not so sure about and McCullough knows how to take the reader along on the discovery of the outcome of the life of Augustus Saint Gaudens and many others.
There are places such as the Cathedral in Rouen, (on the way from the harbor at Le Havres to Paris), that entranced so many visitors that you want to go see it too, there is the Louvres and you want to discover for yourself what Harriet Beecher Stowe found so mesmerizing in the Raft of the Medusa and go see what James Fenimore Cooper and his friend Morse saw.
The book starts off a bit dull, but hang in there by the time you get to the chapters on the Americans students in medicine you will not be able to put it down.
It is book 16, the characters are familiar, established, and yes still funny. Evanovich's writing and King's delivery makes for good entertainment and even manages to make me laugh out loud.
If you have never read one of Stephanie Plum adventures go to the beginning (One for the Money) and fall for this slightly insane woman bounty hunter who has terrible (but funny) luck with cars, truly insane friends, family and criminals.
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