This book is another excellent reminder of the many sacrifices that this nation has made without asking for a single thing in return. In the history of the world this kind of effort to willingly sacrifice life and limb to protect and locate the cultural treasures (of our friends and enemies alike) is unprecedented. The book was very interesting, though like some of the other reviewers; I thought it started out a tad slow. Since you don’t have the physical book (which shows pictures of many of the works of art referenced), I would suggest writing down the names of the ones that interest you and then googling the images when near a computer. The pieces referenced are a “who’s who” in terms of the European masters—truly amazing.
Excellent book. Fascinating story of one of the most important people of the 20th century. He was literally a “living legend” for most of his life. For those of you who like a well-crafted biographies and/or enjoy science or physics—this is a must read!
I had just finished Einstein’s biography and I thought I might follow up with a book about Isaac Newton. This is the book I chose. It was very well done, even for the scientific laymen. The book does have a Newton focus, but it also goes into many of his contemporaries which I found equally interesting. The book would be a helpful read for those entering a basic Physics class. It is really effective at taking what could be difficult subject matter and tying it out to real life examples that most should be able to follow and understand.
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".
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