I must admit, my exposure to Civil War histories has been somewhat sparse. However, I noticed this title and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed in the least. Groom's history provides some wonderful personal insights from civilians and soldiers present at this tragic battle and the depth of loss experienced by all sides. I was intrigued by the personal backstabbing by senior Union officers toward Grant and Sherman. It is no wonder that the first few years of the war were so difficult for the Union with the likes of McClelland and Halleck in positions of command. Likewise, Groom's portrayal of A.S. Johnson is equally fascinating. Shiloh and, for that matter, the outcome of the Civil War would probably been much different if Johnson had not died so early in the battle.
This is a first rate history and Eric Dove's narration is superb. I looked forward to listening to the 10+ hours of the book and will probably search out additional works by Winston Groom
I tend to shy away from 20+ hour books, but after reading the reviews of "The Religion", I decided to give it a try and I was not disappointed. I had previously read a history of the 1565 invasion of Malta and so, was familiar with the subject matter. The author's attention to detail is uncanny, the character development simple and easy to keep up with. For those who enjoy a good historical novel, this is one to sit back and enjoy. Yes, it could have been a bit shorter, but not by enough to make a difference. The narration was great. Highly recommend
I seldom read or listen to biographies, but I decided to make an exception when I first heard about Robert Gates' book. Forget what you heard about this being a hatchet job of President Obama. What would the 4th Establishment do if it could not sensationalize a story.
I have always admired Secretary Gates and the balanced reporting in his book only enhanced my opinion of him. His portrayal of the key military, civilian and political actors is first rate and is in line with other sources. His criticism of Congress, in my opinion, does not go far enough, when will the political theatre end?
The Gates book comes at a critical time. His final chapters, in part, criticize the American penchant to use force and consider the consequences later. His warning is timely, considering continuing calls for US involvement in the Syrian civil war and other troubled world areas.
The narration is first rate. My only criticism about the audio version is the short number of breaks. Most segments are over an hour long.
It is a hard book to stop listening to and although it clocks in at over 25 hours, I listened to the complete book in less than a week.
I had noticed this novel in the local bookstore and was intrigued by the jacket synopsis. Great character and plot development. The ending is somewhat surprising - a mix of disappointment, betrayal, rebirth and redemption. The narration was exceptional. Look forward to future novels.
I read one of Indridason's quite a while ago and found the plot to be very farfetched. Luckily, when I selected Black Skies for download, I did not remember the previous novel. The characters in this novel are well developed and all very believeable. Having visited Iceland for an extended period, I could picture many of the places the author uses. Guidall's narration was first rate. I look forward to checking out the novels in this series.
I had been listening to audiobooks about England before and after the Norman Conquest and decided to include Macbeth since the timeframe overlaps. This is not just another rendition of a Shakespearean classic. It stays true to the Great Bard's version but humanizes the character in a way the reader does not expect and holds your interests until the final seconds of the book. Alan Cumming's narration is flawless. A definite must for fans of Shakespeare and historical novels.
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.
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