Yes! The historical context was so detailed, I learned a tremendous amount about the events surrounding WWI. Many things I knew, but forgot. Many things I never knew. It behooves us to know our past well, as the events of the past tend to repeat themselves in our future.
Mr. Follett has a gift of narration that gives import to the minutiae of daily life and fashion. In the hands of a less skilled author these details would quickly dull the reading experience. Through the pen of Mr. Follett and the interpretation of Mr. Lee, this historical novel comes to vibrant life.
I loved the differing viewpoints offered through the characters. The war took on entirely different understandings depending on the viewpoint of each character.
Each main character represents a different nation or culture that played a pivotal part in the events before, during, and following WWI. This diversity allows for a fascinating overview of the events.
I loved this audiobook. Often when I read a book with many characters, I find myself forgetting who is who. Mr. Lee does such a masterful job of narration that each characters identity remains sharp and clear.
I wanted to listen for hours at a time, so had to discipline myself to listen only at certain times. I am a jogger, so allowed myself to listen while jogging, but found myself walking in order to extend my listening time! And also extended my distance.
I used listening as a reward for getting chores done.
In short, I loved the first book, can't wait to start the second book, and hate that I will have to wait for Mr. Follett to complete the third.
Entertaining, enjoyable story
Will Wheaton is an excellent narrator, able to differentiate characters without forcing his voice into false falsettos or basses. You can hear the humor in the man as he narrates. He seems to enjoy his job, and likes his characters.
Oh yeah! I always like to see the bad guys go down!
Although the plot was a bit predictable, it didn't matter to me because the setting was alien, and some of the characters unusual. It was well done, and current despite the off-world setting.
I would hire a new narrator and try for a less predictable story line.
As the story stands, it is an obvious Stephen King wannabe product. I would have enjoyed a few surprises and plot twists that I did not expect. That being said, I enjoyed the story well enough that I stayed with it to the end, and finished it in a few days.
I don't know, not being familiar with my options. I find it quite irritating for a narrator who is a grown man with a deep voice to attempt to imitate a woman. It is even less credible when the character is a young girl. I have no trouble following a narrative that flows believably, with no attempt to make voice changes to help me . For instance, John Lee narrates FALL OF GIANTS admirably without silly tone alterations for his female characters.
I found this narration to be very distracting.
As this was an essay, I cannot rate it in the same manner that I would grade a "story".
While most opinions regarding gun control are stridently one-sided and make no effort to consider opposing view, Mr. King does attempt to be fair-minded. However, it is clear where his sympathies lie.
Well written and cogent, the essay provides reasoned food for thought on a subject that stirs great debate.
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