The story is a classic of science fiction, but the unprofessional narrators are not worthy of Arthur C. Clarke's vision. Children might still enjoy it, as they might not be so bothered by the amateur sounding performers.
This book is the progenitor of any number of science fiction stories involving escape from a highly controlled city in the far future. Logan's Run and Alastair Reynold's Terminal World are just a couple of examples of its influence.
A better choice for narrator would have been John Lee, who narrates the Alastair Reynold's science fiction novels so well.
The historian shows his true strengths in this work, presenting a balanced and careful survey of the course of the war and its major combattants. His assessments of the achievements and failures of the various allied nations is a real contribution to understanding the conflict.
Max Hastings has produced an insightful record of Churchill's time during WWII that transcends both the hagiography and harping of other historians. Churchill emerges as a real human being facing difficult decisions.Compelling and revealing.
You feel as if Andy is talking directly to you.
A lot of fun, and some serious bits too. If you like Andy Cohen, you'll like this book.
It provided a detailed account of events from both sides of the conflict.
Well researched, lucidly written, well read.
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This biography is brimming with detail and historical background, and all of this contributes to the sense of participating in Burton's explorations. Simon Vance does a wonderful job as the narrator, reading with intelligence and verve.
This time most of the action is in Greece, an unusual locale for WWII thrillers, which makes it all the more interesting. Furst's intelligent, realistic approach to espionage at its best.
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