The performance makes an already wonderful story even more remarkable. The reader switches between male and female voices with such ease that the listener forgets that only one person is reading. It is a long, 19th century novel, but it was easily digested in this format. I was extremely impressed and hated when it ended. If Academy Awards were presented for book reading, Anton Lesser would be a shoe-in to win.
Although this was an interesting exploration into the WWI bombings of London, the story required a little too much suspension of disbelief. I finished the book, and was glad that I did. The main character is an American spy working on behalf of the Brits. He is investigating a Member of Parliament who is suspected of working for the Germans. Without giving anything away, he is a flawless spy. No one ever guesses that he may not be who he claims to be as he plays numerous different roles throughout the book. And he never makes a mistake. Everything goes as planned, which is where the disbelief comes in. I know a lot of Germans, and none is as dumb as depicted in this book. The narrator's voice caused me problems initially, too. I perceived an underlying lilt of sarcasm that made me feel like I was listening to "Naked Gun 2.5" at first. However, I got over that after a few chapters.
This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians. The author expresses, in detail, with supporting evidence, that we need to significantly reduce our use of fossil fuels (including natural gas) before 2020, or the effects of climate change will be irreversible. She explores the possibilities of solving the problem using our current economic and political structure, and it does not look good. She also presents evidence that the "nonprofit" environmental organizations have sold out to the oil companies. After reading this book, you will see through the rhetoric of the corporate lapdogs who hold elected office. Reading this book is worthwhile. I hope it generates a groundswell of support for renewable energy. We have the technology to solve our climate change problem. We just need to force the oil companies to leave the stuff in the ground before they destroy our planet.
I have read numerous books on 18th century naval fiction, but I have never been treated to such an intricate view of the inner workings of vessels from that era. Because the main character is a Midhipman, he goes places senior officers never go and takes the reader along for the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
This is THE most boring audio book I have ever listened to. It is not the fault of the reader; it is the fault of the writer, who jammed what might have been an interesting 1-hour listen into a 12 hour insipid monologue full of banal information that is not even slightly enlightening. I could not finish it.
An American pilot, who is full-blooded Sioux Indian, escapes from a Soviet Gulag in Siberia. He must use all of his native survival skills to feed himself and to evade the Soviet soldiers on his tail. If you enjoy survival stories in extremely cold temperatures, this is for you. The performance is good enough to keep the characters straight and to immitate a Russian speaker. I gave it only 3 stars because the ending is rather abrupt. A love story develops in the book but never comes to fruition. Although I don't know for sure, I suspect the author died before he finished this book. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and better than most of the survival books available.
Rather than strictly a discussion of surviving after the end of the world, Higg, the main character, thinks back on all that he had "before" and all that he has lost. In the process, the listener evaluates just what is important in life and why. Certain parts of the book are very touching. They make the tears roll down or the laughter emerge. The performance by Mark Deakins really made this a fantastic listen. As he jumped back and forth between characters in dialogue, I was amazed that it was the same person reading all parts, especially dialogue between Higg and Bangley. I was mildly disappointed with the ending, or I would have given the story 5 stars. Still, it was an entertaining book.
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