I thoroughly enjoyed this round-up of the history of the universe. Sensibly broken into five parts, it gives a good overview of astronomy and addresses the larger questions contained in creation.
A teenage militia member
It's difficult to see what they could write that I would find of interest
Over the top red neck rant
It's hard to fathom the guilt and self loathing associated with being a "Lone Survivor", but you could drive a truck through the inconsistencies in this book. I understand that the author needs a boogeyman to blame, but his constant rants about the liberal media and the Geneva Convention don't ring true. As for his constant bragging about how wonderful the the SEALS are, all I could think was what a whiny bitch he comes across as.
Great Learning System
Thomas Cahill's histories, gives a lot more background than just dates and actions.
This question is not relevant to this title
Overall it is an eye opener to the fact that what we are taught were the "Dark Ages" were actually a pretty vibrant era of transition. His explanation of the the feudal system and how it developed was particularly insightful.
Other reviewers have disparaged the professor's style, I find it very engaging. It is as though he is talking directly to the listener and he sometimes drops in a modern idiom which is delightfully out of place.
Wonderful narration although I couldn't like any of the characters
She wanders along at a glacial place and then hits the rapids
The toothpick case
If you haven't read Pride & Prejudice, go and read that
Just when you think it is too formulaic it takes a wonderful turn
Video Game generation
You could drive a very substantial truck through many of the inconsistencies in the story
This series is addictive, it's beautifully paced and the plot develops seamlessly over time
Dr. Stephen Maturin is a complex being, in this book especially we see many sides to his personality
I love the narration of Simon Vance, I'm sure the other guy is good too, but when I tried to listen to him he was way to breathy, it sounded like his last gasp in every line, whereas Simon Vance is crisp and clean with clearly identifiable voices for each character.
I'm now on book thirteen and this truly is a series that you can't put down!
What a crock of drivel!
Good grief, the narrator doesn't even attemmpt to make it sound anything other than partisan hogwash. Oh, that nasty government! How dare those poor people try to buy homes?
About the only thing we can agree on is that the current policies of blindly paying off Wall Street, while selling our manufacturing base down the river, is wrong.
If you're trying to undertsand the current crisis, this is not the the place to start.
This is a great story, but one that raises many regrets with the benefit of historical hindsight. What a land Lewis & Clark explored! But what a tragedy in light of what we know to have happened to the native peoples and to the animal populations. Then of course the book finisishes with Lewis's spiral into suicide. Altogether, the book left me in a very depressed frame of mind.
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