It reminded me of other works by Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End). The story had a unique flair to it; wrapped around the crusades and the backdrop of French feudalism in the 12th century. The characters were well developed and the book moved at a good pace. Narration was good, however the reader had an English accent; which is odd considering the book takes place in France. All in all a good read and definitely worth the credit. If you enjoyed this book and you are not familiar with Ken Follett, check out the works above.
It will depend on what you already know about these seven gentlemen. The book is set up as basically seven mini biographies of seven of Metaxas' heroes. I had read a Chernow's biography on Washington and Metaxas' other book on Bonhoefffer, but knew little about the other figures. The book is intended to spark interest in each man leading you to read either more comprehensive biographies by other authors or read the works by the subjects themselves. Overall I thought it was well done and served the purpose that Metaxas set out to achieve. I would certainly recommend it to anybody who wants the "Readers Digest" version of these men's lives.
I would give this book more than 5 stars if it would allow me. This is a must read! The first half of the book is an amazing account of Navy SEAL training; it really goes into great detail about what America's finest must endure to make it as a SEAL. The second half of the book is an absolutely riveting account operation Red Wing, what they all endure and what ultimately leads to the "Lone Survivor". Narration was superb. Overall just an excellent excellent book. I devoured it.....PS - the movie is out now. Read the book first, the movie (while still very good) leaves out some critical information that really adds to the appreciation of what these gentlemen went through.
But I ended up listening to it as well. I have to say it was not my favorite. I do not like the writing style of going between the two stories, back and forth, back and forth…. So boring and no connection between them until the final chapters. The narration was weak; women doing men’s voices just doesn’t work for me…. personally I’d skip this one.
I just picked this up on a whim. Loved it! For those of you who enjoy science I think you will too. It is basically a cliff notes version of every science class you ever took packed into a single book—chemistry, biology, physics, geology, paleontology, etc. Excellent narration and pace.
I was halfway expecting to be disappointed with this book based on some of the other reviews. However, I was not. The book is not as good as some of his classics, but it was entertaining and well narrated. If you like Follett you will like it...if not, maybe. He's one of my favorites and I believe this is the last Follett book I had not read.
If you like his other books, you will like "Bad Monkey". I enjoy his writing style even though it is light. Frankly I'm surprised more of them have not been successful screenplays. His books are a good escape from the non-fiction that usually consumes my credits. Many of the reviewers are panning Arte Johnson's narration...not sure what the big deal was...I thought it was fine, in fact-- above average.
Lots of interesting "tidbits", but the author's style did not particularly agree with me. I thought the book was choppy. He would start in on a particular narrative/setting, then jump back and forward over many years. Next chapter he would do the same thing. It was hard to follow Boone's progression as he aged since most of the book was written like this. Very strange for a biography.
Nice job Bill O. It almost reads like a screenplay. It is no wonder Tom Hanks is making this into a movie.
I learned quite a bit related to the assassination and the plot—things that I thought I would’ve/should’ve learned in history class. Unlike some of the reviewers, I actually enjoyed Bill’s narration.
I am looking forward to reading your "Killing Kennedy".
Interesting twist on the “Manchurian Candidate” concept. I actually picked this up on the recommendation of a blogger on the WSJ. I think he was implying that Barrack Obama had similar qualities to the character in the book and had been handpicked in a similar manner. I’m not sure about all that, but it did peak my interest while reading. Overall I enjoyed the book; I found it entertaining though the ending was extremely rushed. The author took it this far, it could have used another 200 pages or more to give it a well thought out ending. The sex scenes were graphic, but no big deal for me. The narration was just okay.
First and foremost…consider the source ; Reza Aslan is a practicing Muslim. I wanted to learn something from this book… I really did. However, I could not get passed the author’s clear bias and lack of facts to back his broad brush assumptions. When discussing Jesus’ teachings of the “golden rule” and “turn the other cheek” he asserts that these maxim were directed solely at other Jews (gentiles be damned); he provides no facts to support this notion, merely his opinion—but it is presented as fact. He is constantly referring to the Jewish religion as a “cult”; it almost comes across as having an axe to grind. I suppose I would expect the same thing if a Christian and religious scholar decided to write a historical piece on Muhammad. Like I said; and especially when reading any book on history… to fully understand a work on history, you must understand the point of view of the author.
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