The history and events Mr. Parker presents are interesting, noteworthy, and descriptive of all that went into the history of the Panama Canal from its earliest conception to the eventual take over of the project by the United States.
The description of the life of the workers was very real and descriptive. I could almost envision in my mind's eye what life was like.
It was clear, understandable, and well done.
It was history and having lived int he Panama Canal Zone as a child, I could revisit Panama and learn things that I was not aware of...
I have listened to a few of Daniel Silva's other works and have enjoyed the twists and turns in the plots.
There were some moments that brought intrigue and kept me wanting to listen more to find out how things turned out.
The performance was very well done.
There were times that I wanted to keep listening... I actually listened to most of it on a 5 hour road trip and back...and being able to listen continuously helped me enjoy the story and keep fresh the preceeding events of the story.
A Brit and an American go behind enemy lines to destroy Hitler's poisonous gas factory before he has a chance to use the gas on them. The factory is located at a concentration camp which becomes a major component in the story.
I would compare it to Ken Follett's Hornet Flight, another WWII novel about a secret mission behind enemy lines.
Rachel was a resilient, remarkable woman to endure what she did and the deep love she had for her two children.
It was a retelling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic and the aftermath of the tragedy. While it states this is the "most complete story ever told" I didn't find anything new or earth shattering in the story.
It seemed accurate and did have some details that were interesting such as the telegraph operator's failure to alert the bridge about the ice and the burial of the bodies at sea and in Halifax.
The description of the ship sinking was very well done.
At the end of the book there was an interview with someone who worked on a cruise ship. I began listening but it had nothing to do with the Titanic. I actually listened to this book while on a cruise from Boston to Halifax and being on a cruise ship helped me envision what it might have been on the Titanic. I was also able to visit the graves of the 120 victims, some unknowns, who are buired in Halifax, NS.
It was interesting and offered a humorous view of many historical events.
I would not have changed the story, but it was challenging to listen to. It seems to me this is more of a book that is meant to be read, especially with all the facts and figures.
It was enjoyable and worth the time, but would have been better enjoyed in a print format.
It was something to listen to and there were twists and turns in the story... but as each story ended I was left wondering.
I thought the ending of one story and the beginning of another story was too close together... I didn't get a sense a few times that the previous story had ended and now I was listening to another story...
No, I don' t think so.
I followed the stories and they were different from most stories... I was wondering if there was a moral or teaching point of the stories... At some points, this author reminded me or Flannery O'Connor and her short stories.
This presentation did more than tell the story of Arlington Cemetery but gave the background of how the United States has honored the dead through its history. I found it to be very interesting and enlightening to hear of the personalities who shaped this history. For anyone who has interest in Arlington or any of our National Cemeteries, this is a great read.
The author tells the story he wrote with feeling and passion. Also his inclusion of other voices to tell their particular story made the audio very interesting.
Although a book of history, it is a story that kept me wanting to listen to see how things developed in the various stages of the history of Arlington and in the changing policies that affected the return of the military dead from our overseas conflicts.
Enjoyed the story very much and there were times that I got so involved in the story I found it difficult to stop listening.
Harold and Arnie were the unexpected heroes of the story. They came through when others thought them not capable.
Harold was my favorite.
I enjoyed Harold's looking for his brother and unexpectedly finding a policeman at the safe house and Harold immediately pretending he was the husband of an expecting wife.. and he was looking for the doctor. It was cute.
I have enjoyed the other Ken Follett books I have listened to on Audible. This was not as long as his other works, but a very enjoyable story and performance. The performance helped me very much to imagine the characters, their location, and the action of the story.
This is a worthwhile book to listen to. The story of Franz Jagerstadter, a simple Austrian farmer who refused to serve in Hitler's army is a story of character and conscience inspiring us today to be true to what we believe no matter what the cost. This book is even more relevant today since Franz was beatified by the Catholic Church in October 2007 which seems to say he was right and so many other church people of the time were wrong giving into Hitler.
I found "Sonderling" very interesting and inspiring because it used historical facts to weave a personal and concrete picture of the trials and challenges of people living in Austria under Hitler. The main character is Franz but the portrayal of other individuals who move in and out of his life broadens the perspective.
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