I found this story to be one of those that you go out of your way to listen to. I found it's salting of scientific information to be a pleasant compliment to a good storyline. The author tosses in little historically accurate facts and details of Roman life that further embellish the story. Even knowing about the real history of Pompeii's eruption as it is understood today and also of real historical individuals like Pliny the elder, the story doesn't dissapoint.
It was a good story with a very good reader. The kind of story you just have to come back to and can't put down. The reader did an exceptionally good job with minor voice changes and inflection changes to identify the different characters as he portrayed them.
The story was sort of quirky. It blended a little bit of history.... a little bit of noir... a little bit of gangster... a little bit of fantasy - it just was truly entertaining!
The characters of the pixies were portrayed most enjoyably in my opinion. The author did a fun job of writing them but the the reader provided a great performance of them with his voice inflection and voice change. Although they were only small perifferral characters in my opinion they added pleasantly to the story.
Any fan of Tom Clancy's fictional sub tales will like this historical audio book of our submarine forces in WW2. The combination of technical information, wartime action, and insights into the human factor of life on a WW2 Sub made this book an enjoyable choice. The 10 hour unabridged size was also nice if you like unabridged formats - it did not drag or feel too long, but rather was hard to "put down". I would highly recommend this audiobook!
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