This is a very good book, if you have a specialized interest in the civil war. However, the reader puts on obnoxious British and Southern accents when quoting respective characters in the story. Fortunately, this is a small part of the text, but distracting. One wonders if someone asks the readers to exaggerate distinction between characters to this end.
This reviewer is hard to listen to. He has a dour reading style in this book and the other I've listened to, Stoner. His reading is replete with distracting mannerisms, such as his affected snicker. His characters are so pat that they seem to return from past books to the current ones. Others may like his style, but he makes all the writing seem flat and negative; and he distracts from the story at hand.
The stories lack drama, but the reader is a goody two-shoes and hard to listen to, unless you are enamored of NPR.
This is great literature. The reader is excellent when reading lines of English male characters. But any lines of women or Egyptians are so awful as to grate on the ears.
I thought this book was extremely well researched and well read. Anyone with an interest in intelligence matters and the history of current intelligence services will find this rewarding.
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