This book has some interesting content but due to the large number of charts and accompanying statistics it makes it rather unsuitable as an audio book. If you want to try this I'd recommend reading the book or ebook.
I was very interested in the topic and their hypothesis is interesting, but the prose is dreadful and dry. It lacked style, was not engaging, and was a chore from start to finish.
He did the best he could with the material.
Someone with little knowledge of the ancient world and who wasn't bothered by lack of scholarly rigor.
Held back on his opinions. I really don't think that we are in a position to judge whether Caesar, Alexander and Hannibal should have done this or should have done that. We can't say what was right and what was wrong. Who knows how things would have turned out if they had taken different actions? Compared with recent history are sources are few and very one-sided and it simply doesn't make sense to sit in judgement of them 2,000 years later.
There are way better books on the ancient world. Lectures too. I recommend the Great Courses lecture set on Alexander and the Macedonian Empire available on Audible.
How greed has corrupted American politics & commerce, and is bringing us to ruin.
This is a well-researched, damning indictment of the elite of Wall Street and their funding of the corruption of the US political & academic systems. It lays bare the amoral, immoral and sometimes criminal behavior of individuals and institutions. If you have any interest in knowing what really impacts your daily life today and the future of your children tomorrow, then you should read this book.
This book purports to be a study of the British Army from the Restoration to Waterloo. In fact, its much more the summary of the British Army's major wars, campaigns and actions as told through 4 of its leading commanders than about the army itself. Certainly there are sections which cover the common soldier's life and lot, and the system for the purchase of commissions, but I expected and would have preferred a more thorough analysis of the army itself - how it was formed, led, fed, moved, and drilled.
The book does provide a great overview from the point of view of wars and campaigns, but overall it felt like it tried to cover too much ground in too little time.
Like most audio books, I think that this should be listened to at double speed, otherwise the narration is simply too slow.
No, absolutely not.
This is a comprehensive telling of the story of the Alamo including the background, build-up, fight and aftermath. Details of the fight are perhaps the most sparse but that's probably not surprising given the outcome. It's a little slow in places but overall I enjoyed the book.
It's not as engaging as Donovan's previous book, A Terrible Glory, as the story does not move as quickly and this book also feels less even-handed in its treatment of both sides, despite the author's efforts.
As a narrator I don't think that Donovan does as good a job as some of the other narrators I have listened to and I think that a better narrator would have enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
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