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Dereck

Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Master of War: The Life of General George H. Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Benson Bobrick
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this revelatory, dynamic biography, Benson Bobrick, profiles George H. Thomas, arguing that he was the greatest and most successful general of the Civil War. Because Thomas didn't live to write his memoirs, his reputation has been largely shaped by others, most notably Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, two generals with whom Thomas served and who diminished his successes in their favor in their own memoirs.

    chris says: "Well Done"
    "Nutshell: Grant, Sherman bad – Thomas good"
    Overall

    This book is not about the life of Thomas (as the cover says). It should not be considered a biography. It simply is a theory of how Grant and Sherman defamed and maligned Thomas in order to boost their own careers. Reading this I was reminded of elementary school kids arguing about who’s older brother was better at baseball. Here is one sentence to describe what the book is about using similar intellect and tone as the author: Grant, Sherman bad – Thomas good.

    I would have given the reader three and a half stars if I had such a choice - he is not bad.

    I really wanted to like this book. Thomas is one of my favorite Civil War figures, and once downloaded I eagerly started reading it - but what a disappointment!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman's Crossing, Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    Hugo and Nebula Award finalist Robin Hobb crafts intricate fantasy tales featuring larger-than-life characters and exotic landscapes. Nevare Burvelle was born to be a soldier in the Gernian army. But as Nevare's career takes off, his worldview alters considerably. Corruption and nepotism reign, and now Nevare questions his own ideals, wondering why he continues fighting for the empire.

    Therese M. Woolley says: "Sometimes Magic Isn't A Good Thing"
    "First person story telling…"
    Overall

    2.5 Stars
    Reading from a single persons point of view was difficult for me – maybe that is because I rarely read a long book that only has one point of view.

    The overall story was average but it seemed to be mostly terrible experiences to the main character and only a few parts that I could get excited about. The parts with the childish cousin were almost unreadable – really, she walked around with a whistle in her mouth! Much of the story was predictable as was the world, people and magic. I am not sure yet if I want to move on to the second book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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