Ms. Goodwin started this marvelous novel, not at the beginning of the civil war, but much earlier in the personal and professional lives of each of the key characters. This allowed the reader to develop a much more complete understanding of the inter-relationships that were forged as Lincoln's cabinet was crafted from the great minds (and egos) of his day.
The thousands of personal correspondence that Ms. Goodwin had to read and research in order to build the elegantly flowing narrative of the lives of several great men and women contained in the novel is truly mind-boggling. She must be applauded for her diligence, passion and commitment, because the result of her work is a truly epic story.
No single moment, but the common theme that almost everyone who initially met Lincoln underestimated him until they actually got to know him. Looks, in this case, were exceedingly misleading as each would come to learn (and sometimes regret).
Ms. Toren's performance was phenomenal, not necessarily for its range of characters, but more for her ability to convey the far-reaching story and its complex characters with such subtlety that the reader can remain immersed in the tale, rather than becoming distracted by the narration.
Of course, when Lincoln was assassinated at almost the same moment that his epic struggle to end the Civil War, while keeping the warring factions of his cabinet knitted together.
I consider myself fortunate for having read this story. I learned and felt much as the lives of the characters unfolded before me.
I've listened to hundreds, so it's tough to place specifically; however, it's in the top tier!
It was very entertaining. The author's knowledge of surfing (likely coupled with tons of research) made the west coast dialog truly believable and quite cool. Storyline was unexpected, but also timely and compelling.
This is my first Don Winslow / Ray Porter coupling. Ray did a stellar job of narration. Characters were brought to life, each uniquely interesting that, when combined, kept me engaged.
My first Don Winslow novel. Can't wait to get the next!
SE is one of the best special ops book that I have heard, so far. Scott McEwen and Thomas Kolonair tell the story so realistically that I could easily visualize every pulse-pounding fighting scene as though I was there (but, glad that I wasn't!). The language is perfect - just how I imagine warriors speaking to one another. EXCELLENT LISTEN!
Master Chief Steelyard. Gritty old warrior with a good heart.
Brian did an excellent job of narrating this story. The mastery that he had over the personalities of the various characters made this story very believable and exceptionally enjoyable.
When the President declared Winchester. No spoiler. You'll have to listen to understand.
Top 20. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and found the premise of the SW story to be exceptionally creative and imaginative. I'm always a sucker for well crafted historical tie-ins, and SW doesn't disappoint.
I listen to audiobooks while commuting to / from work, and anytime I can get a few free minutes. I found myself seeking opportunities to listen to SW, because of the pace of action and plot development. Some of the just-in-the-nick-of-time characters saves were a bit over the top, but they blended in with the overall excitement of the story.
Phil does a fantastic job of narrating stories and articulates dialects and foreign languages, especially German, superbly. One of my favorite narrators!
The premise of the story, while a bit far-fetched, showed real imagination. It's always a pleasure when an author comes up with something really new that he/she then develops into a "plausible" storyline. Stretches the imagination of the reader without seeming ridiculous.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes thought provoking plots with historical tie-ins.
The complex storyline that tied to prior plots. Exceptionally entertaining listen. Mark clearly does his research and I appreciate that.
Character development and a complex storyline that makes you listen and think. You must pay attention, because there are many characters and locations involved.
I have listened to all Gray Man books and Jay's performance for Dead Eye mirrors the high level of talent of his prior performances.
There's only one Gray Man and he's coming to settle a score.
As always, I very much look forward to the next Gray Man novel, and the collaborative stories to which Mark Greaney has contributed.
Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.
No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.
I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.
Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.
Didn't read the print version, but David de Vries did a magnificent job of narrating this story. His range of dialects is exceptional, and was a major contributor to the listening experience.
While there were many "ops" in the story, there was one early in the story that was so detailed that I could imaging being there. Ben Coes does this better than anyone else I've listened to.
Too many to select just one. Character and story development were done very well.
On the brink of annihilation
This is only my second Ben Coes story; however, I have already purchased his other two Dewey Andreas audiobooks. He is a master storyteller!
Absolutely! Glenn Cooper created a multi-level story that mixes Clive Cussler-like historical tie-ins, but at three periods in time, 8th century England, post-World War II England and American, and present day. The result is a somewhat dark view of God's plan for each us that plays out on the streets of New York as a series of random events, and ultimately all threads of the story weave together into a tight fabric of plausibility that leaves the reader wondering "what if this were true?". Definitely in the top two percent for creativity and enjoyability.
Mark did a superb job narrating the many characters in the story, creating separate voices that which were delivered without any distraction from the storyline.
Yes. I found myself looking for opportunities to dive back into the story throughout the day. While I couldn't finish it in one day, I did finish it as quickly as I could.
I figured out the premise of the story at about the middle of the book. One line delivered by Mark, alias Peter, gave it away.
Details about the illness that caused Dr. Alexander's NDE.
The ability to comprehend a staggering amount of information in an instant while in heaven, and a relative inability to adequately describe the heavenly experinece in the terms felt while there.
Earthy and believable presentation.
Details about bacterial meningitis.
Very near the top. Speaks the Nightbird (book 1) was a great lauchpad for this follow-on novel. Excellent character development, highly creative plot, dovetailed ending (all threads come together). Very highly recommended.
The performance by Eduardo Ballerini made the story truly come alive. He creates unique, believable voice characterizations that create the mood, ambiance, and fabric on which the story is superbly overlayed by Robert McCammon.
Absolutely. I'm a bit disappointed that each novel in the series is shorter than its predecessor, but that's ok, as long as the series continues.
Please keep writing these stories with the same attention to detail that evokes a feeling in the reader of being present with the characters in the story.
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