This book is a bit sub par.
This is the first I have listened to by David Herbert Donald. It was more like a text book with some narration added for filler.
It seemed to be read by multiple people. I attribute this to the editing and mastering of the audio and not the performance.
Certainly not. Very boring at times due to the style in which it was written. But it was very informative and had some good lessons in placing the political and social climate into context with why certain decisions were made.
The book is a good history lesson. It should not be sold as a biography. It was good as a history lesson but not, in my opinion as a way to get a better insight into President Lincoln.
Yes. It was entertaining and the characters were great reflections of society.
The Regulators - Group of people trapped in a situation and seeing how they work it out.
The performance was all around satisfying. There really was nothing to dislike.
Jim Renny - Read it and you'll see.
This has since been made into a mini-series. Please know that the book and the series are so far different from one another that it is hard to draw a comparison. The mini-series was OK but really did the book no justice. Take time and listen to or read the book. You will not be disappointed.
I have listened to it many time. Why? Because it is good to have reminders on many of the lessons it contains.
It needs to be updated. The examples are not as relevant as they once were.
The communication style and tempo places the book back to when it was written.
This book is a classic. It has great advice. However, if you are seeking something updated and fresh, then this is not the book for you. If you, on the other hand, are looking for time tested practices and theories on human relations then get it and enjoy the parts that you find important.
I would have Mercedes Lackey and the editor go back and remove all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.
It was a very good way to sum things up. Like in life, nothing was perfect but it was good.
I disliked a scene where some mercenaries had captured the last Herald Mage. It was hard to get through but it did elicit a strong reaction from me. Any scene that is written in such a way to get a strong reaction, whether I liked the feelings or not, is a good scene.
Most likely... Depends on how well the first two were made.
Book one was not great. Book two was better and Book Three is certainly the best of the trilogy. Not my favorite but it was entertaining and I looked forward to listening on my commute each morning.
I liked that the characters had more depth in Book Two when compared to Book One.
I least liked all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.
Better than Magic's Pawn
It has one.
Again, the homosexuality seems to be placed as an afterthought. It is never fully developed. It seemed the author was trying for an epic romance and it just sort of fell short.
Two items - I would have Mercedes Lackey and the editor go back and remove all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.
The other item is the lack of commitment to the homosexual relationship(s). There is nothing wrong with it other than it seems that the author never allowed the characters to evolve beyond the surface of a relationship except in some amped up over dramatic scenes.
Lack of character development (though a better job was accomplished with the following books)
Nothing really. For those who do not read with different character voices, he does a great job at it. I have distinct voices in my head when reading so it was not a huge change for me.
Perhaps... I wouldn't want any known actors since I think it would detract from the story.
The first book was a challenge to get through. I nearly stopped after the first two hours. However, I managed my way through it and it was interesting enough by the end to continue the journey.
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