I have always been interested in the subject of the Madhi Uprising in 19th Century Sudan. The novel started out very well, but started to run on and on. After about 17 hours, I just had to pull the plug. I have only done that once before. Overall, the novel is 23 hours long, I can't imagine how you go from that length to a six hour abridged version. This I will avoid other novels by this author and by this narrator.
Audio histories are often chancey proposition. Often a history is only understood when it is READ and the author provides accompanying maps or charts to explain his/her points. Marc Morris's - The Norman Conquest is the exception. Morris takes this obscure history and provides the reader with an easily understood narrative. Frazer Douglas's narration turns it into an outstanding audio experience. Great book, great narration - hard to turn off.
This was a fantastic audio book, I had a hard time turning it off. The number of characters was manageable, they were very well developed. The plot was believable, no real twists and turns and the ending was unexpected, not totally, but it was not one that I had already fixed on. The narration was first rate.
I guess the only problem with writing under a pseudonym is that it is a bit harder for readers to find out about the book. I think this book would have made it to the best seller list under the Robert Galbraith name. Too bad some inconsiderate person leaked that the author was J K Rowling
Neil Irwin's history of the Financial Meltdown and the intervention of the central bankers in averting a economic catastrophe gives some great insight into the events of that period. Bernanke did not always get it right, but the decisions he and the others in the Federal Reserve made kept the economy from a complete collapse. This at a time when the politicians were capable of nothing but bluster and inaction (oh, forgot that is still the case). The interactions and interdependencies of the global economy really come to the forefront.
It provides great insight into background and personalities of the key players.
Walter Dixon's narration was first rate.
This is a must-listen-to book for anyone interested in current affairs, economics or the state of the world economy. I had a hard time turning off my Ipod.
This was my first Dan Brown audiobook and it was great. The plot was a bit unbelievable at times, but that was a minor point. It was a riveting story, the narration was great and kept me wanting to listen to more of the novel. My only regret was that the book did not come out in 2012 before I went to Italy. The details about Florence and Venice were better than anything I had read in any guide book. It makes me want to go back and visit all over again.
I had been a devote le Carre reader for years, but have to admit after Smiley's retirement I was a bit dissappointed with the new characters and themes. Luckily, I saw a prepublication installment of A Delicate Truth in Harper's. The plot was intiguing and slightly reminiscent of the earlier novels. I am very glad I decided to download the books. The story only got better and better. Le Carre's narration was masterful and kept me riveted to the book. I finished it in two days. Definitely recommend and look forward to the next book.
Listening to Jeremy Irons narrate was the highlight of this story. I have read print versions of other Cuelho books and have had a bit of a problem following the story. The audio version held my attention from beginning to end.
Definitely. The narration was like being at a live performance of a play.
Clarity and imagination. The story is set in Jerusalem in 1099, just before the Crusaders put the city to the sword (one of the worst massacres in history). I put my IPOD in a player and just sat back and listened to the story. I could close my eyes and imagine a dusty square in 11th Century Jerusalem filled with frightened people listening to the old Coptic. This performance was a pleasure.
Ludlow did his homework in researching the characters in this, the second trilogy of the de Hauteville family. The story-line is great and the narration is continually excellent and my only problem is that I finish the novel too, too quickly. It is hard to turn off the IPOD. Can't wait for Book 3!
I've always been a fan of Cornwell's medieval novels and this is the first one that I have had the pleasure of enjoying as an audiobook. The story is great and Jack Hawkin's narration is first class. Can't wait for the next installment.
For fans of Charlton Heston's movie "55 Days at Peking", this is the history that inspired the movie. I knew something of the history of the Boxer Rebellion and the Allied efforts to relieve the besieged legations. Fleming's book gives great detail of the intrigue in the Chinese Imperial Court, the dithering of the Allied ministers and the bravery of the soldiers and residents of the foreign legations. Shaw-Parker's narration was a bit dry at times, but good overall.
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