Very interesting. I thought I had a good understanding of the origin of English but I was clearly wrong. This work is aimed at a UK audience and the author's use of the collective "we" to mean the English people can be a little disconcerting at times for an American audience. Still I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Equally disturbing and hilarious, Jon Ronson does a fantastic job narrating his own work, revealing a level of irony that may have been lost with his own voice work.
This story is told almost exclusively from the perspective of high level members of the US government. There is little input from Cuban exiles or anyone who fought on the side of the Cuban government. It is not badly written but does feel very limited in its scope.
I knew very little of the Italian front in WWI other than what I had read in A Farewell to Arms. This exhaustive account provides a great mix of strategic and tactical detail. My only complaint is that the narration is wanting in spots. Some sections had some technical issues with whistling from the microphone and the volume was not always consistent.
Few war memoirs contain such rich and honest detail. You have to credit Sledge for having the courage to fully document his experience. I can't recommend this book enough. The narration is acceptable, but chances are you won't even notice it as the story being told is so involving.
At first, I found Kokoda a little awkward. The book opens with events out of chronological sequence and the narrator approximates a Japanese accent when reading quotes from Japanese sources. However, you soon begin to appreciate the author's willingness to use both Western and Australian sources and tell both sides of the story. The reading also grows on you as the work progresses and th narrator really does make excellent use of different Australian accents. The end result is an engrossing vocal performance and excellent well researched story.
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