I always take first person accounts with a grain of salt, but read this as light relief from my usual serious reading agenda. It was an interesting picture of talent, the quest for stardom, and the distorting power of money and fame. The ins and outs of family and love affairs are always titillating but for me, the book is most informative as a social history of being gay in the pre-AIDS and post-AIDS Western world. Early in his life and career Liberace had no choice but to remain in the closet and, once the pretence was established, what could he do but maintain his stance and deny the rumours? It is a sad indictment of prejudice and persecution of gay men. How different Scott and Lliberace's lives would be if they were born now - if not fame/notoriety, at least more freedom to be who they are than they could ever have dreamed of.
This is an interesting interview with the author of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You. Louisa Young talks about how she came to her subject how she developed it, the huge amount of research she did, and some of the facts underpinning the fiction. It adds understanding to the novel, and provides insights into the process of researching and writing. I recommend that readers listen to the book before the podcast
This book is a series of brief summaries of interesting cases. My preference is for detailed description of the crime as it unfolds, the characters involved, and the process of detection and prosecution. Succint descriptions organised by theme doesn't do it for me, but anyone interested in an overview of (mainly) murder would probably find it interesting. David Shaw-Parker does a good job with the narration - a good voice and presentation for the subject matter.
The official outline of this book's content is accurate, so there is no point in my reiterating any of the material there. But I would add that the book held my interest throughout with unexpected twists and turns in the committing of the crime and the ups and downs of the police investigation. Additional interest and context are provided by lively portrayals of the main characters as well as vivid depictions of Edwardian London, the jewelry trade and the market for pearls, early policing, and society across the rich-poor spectrum. It is very well written, and Michael Page's voice, accent, pace, and general presentation are perfect for this book.
There is nothing I can usefully add to the many positive comments about the book itself, but Dan Stevens deserves special mention for his outstanding narration. First, he simply has a wonderful voice which is a pleasure to listen to. But, in addition, he is so good with different voices and accents for the various characters, his talent is quite astonishing - it's a bit like listening to a radio play with different actors for the different parts. And, a real bonus (at least for me), is that he correctly pronounces all of the foreign words and names. There are quite a few narrators I have really admired, but Dan Stevens takes first prize for me. I look forward to listening to more of his work.
This book combines two of my most-read genres, true crime and history. Events from long ago, especially those involving cover-up at the highest level, often lack enough detail to be informative and certainly not enough to fill a book. But Jager has enough material to document the terrible crime, and to set the events and the characters within their social and political context. Everything is recounted in rivetting detail.Jager has obviously conducted a great deal of painstaking research, and the writing is excellent, as is the narration by Auberjonois whose voice and delivery are just perfect for the story.
I can only endorse all the positive reviews from other readers. This book is a masterpiece, and David Horovitch's reading is superb. I will be re-reading this book many times for the pleasure it provides on so many levels.
Anyone interested in Che the man and Che the revolutionary, Latin America, the CIA, or international politics and dirty tricks, will enjoy this book. The authors present a well researched and ultimately compelling case for what happened to Che and who was involved. An interesting, informative, and sometimes unsettling read, with excellent narration by Kevin Free.
Blake is a fascinating character and his life, thinking, and motivations are explored and presented in this well-written account. The era and historical context of the events are also explored so the book is both history lesson and biography as well as a ripping yarn. Blake was a highly intelligent and quite charismatic man who lived an exceptionally full and often exciting life with some nail-biting episodes to keep the reader enthralled. A fiction writer couldn't have created a more complex protagonist or a more interesting plot. Full marks to the author on every aspect of the book, and to Michael Tudor Barnes for his very competent narration.
I was glued to my iPod for this book. I wasn't sure of the outcome of this trip by Shackleton, and I knew nothing of the detail of the voyage so just had to keep listening to see how they all fared. Alfred Lansing's telling of this great adventure brings all of the characters to life and, drawing upon the diaries many of them kept, readers are with the group every painful step of the way - their physical, emotional, and inter-personal ups and downs, as well as their suffering, ingenuity, and triumphs. Shackleton shines as an outstanding leader, a most impressive man who rose to the occasion and displayed all of the qualities essential to keeping his men together and driving on to the end against the odds. Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator and his accents and voices for the various men help the reader keep track of who's who.
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