The book would have been more intriguing if the ending was unknown and not told at the beginning. Although there were some exciting passages, I found it slow going. Knowing the end, the difficulties became predictable failures.
This is an interesting history of WWII as told by a German officer, Colonel Hans Von Luck. It was written some 50 years after the war so the horrors of the war are mostly muted in his recollection and so becomes a somewhat sterile history. It is often difficult to remember that this is being told by a Nazi (although he refuses to acknowledge that he was a Nazi) and it is easy to empathize with him in the situations he finds himself. Although he uses the traditional phrase "just doing my duty and following orders", he does garner respect in how he carried out his duties--as he recounts it--in his fair treatment of both his enemy (the British, French, Americans and Russians) and the civilians he encounters.
There are some interesting parallels toward the end of the book after he was captured by the Russians: Just as the Jews were herded into boxcars and shipped to prison camps by the Nazis so too was Van Luck and the other Nazi prisoners by the Russians and the treatment of the Nazi prisoners by the Russians was basically the same as the Nazi treatment of the Jews, Poles and Political Prisoners. But Van Luck makes you sympathize with his ill treatment while neglecting to mention the plight of all the concentration camp prisoners by the Nazis.
However with all that said, it is an interesting way to study WWII as Von Luck was involved in most of the major battles so this allows one to follow the path of the entire war (I found having a map at hand was a big help). His perspective gives insights and details that are normally not recorded and his personal story makes the history come to life.
Lastly, although some did not like the German accent of the reader, I found it added to the realism of the story and Bronson Pinchot did a great job on the accent and the narrative.
I had listened to Joel Rosenberg's "The Auschwitz Escape" which was very good so I bought this, his follow up novel.
It is an interesting take on the war with ISIS with a well researched base but obviously fiction. The hero is sort-of a Jack Reacher character but a journalist with more guts than common sense; however, this was probably written before all of the beheadings took place and leaving oneself open to ISIS had not yet proven to be a literally fatal flaw.
Entertaining with enough action to keep one interested through to the strange ending,
The reader, David de Vries, was very good in reading the action but has a very annoying habit in the dialog of putting the accent on the word "said" by lifting his inflection on all of the "he said", they said" phrases.
I would guess there will be a follow-up novel, I hope they use another reader for that one.
Although this is a book that has fictional characters, the story is real and an historically accurate depiction of the Holocaust. I can attest to this because I have visited Dachau and have a friend who is a survivor of Buchenwald.
Joel Rosenberg did an outstanding job in all respects of his writing-- story, characters and descriptions. I got so involved with the characters that at times I had to take a break from the story to digest both the intense suspense and the passionate emotion that it evoked in me.
Christopher Lane is a fabulous performer: giving each of the characters unique voices with truly believable accents; a rich intensity to the story; and a visual realism to the descriptions.
The story proceeds quite well without too many slow passages and some exciting battles but is definitely not enthralling. It seems that Maas throws in some magic and creatures in order to keep things interesting but the connection between reality and fantasy seems false which takes away from the believability of the story: I mean really, a castle made of glass!
The characters are mostly very human (and surprisingly even sexual) but it appears that some have magic powers just to make the story more interesting. But why are the names so alike, for example, Celaena and Ilaena and Kane and Kale, which makes it difficult at times to keep them straight. I guess that if you were reading this, they would be more unique but not in the audio version.
Elizabeth Evans is a good reader with a nice timber to her voice but she does have difficulty keeping the various male voices from sounding all the same and slightly effeminate.
Not a real nail-biter but keeps you interested. Some good action. Plausible plot.
Well read by Scott Brick.
Not really a "story" but it does tell the history and continuing effect of economics on our lives.
Thomas Sowell presents Economics in a very easy to understand and well illustrated way. This is the 5th edition so is up to date with current examples. There is a lot of information and a plethora of quotable quotes, so probably warrants additional listens to absorb it all.
Tom Weiner is perfect for this type of a book as he reads as one would expect an "expert" in this field might read.
A great book that I will definitely listen to again.
The story has some interesting moments but tends to be a bit flat and it is predictable, as are the characters. The writing is good and the descriptions are generally vivid.
Heather Lind reads well and has an interesting way of interpreting shouting which is effective without being loud. Her accents are appropriate.
All in all, an average listen with nothing really negative but nothing outstanding either.
Between the way Antony Doerr writes and Zach Appelman reads, it was almost like listening to poetry.
I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.
His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.
The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.
David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.
Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".
Historically correct with fictitious characters blended with actual characters in the third installment of the Century Trilogy, Ken Follett intertwines the East and West during the cold war. His characters are, of course, at the forefront of the major events of this period, so much so that Follet has you thinking that they were actually taking part.
John Lee does an adequate job of producing the various accents but does a better job of the Russian accent than the American accents, especially the Kennedy's New England accents and the M. L. King's southern accent. Of course, it would be difficult even for an American to capture these voices which are unique and so well known.
My big problem was that there was a long time between the release of the first two books and the last one, so I had forgotten the family lineage of the main characters. This is important to the stories so I would suggest that all three books be listened to in close proximity of each other, and I will listen to them again like this.
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