For fans of LeCarre's Smiley character, The Secret Pilgrim will be a great trip down memory lane. I read all of the Smiley novels, however, I don't remember this one. So when I saw it on the Audible list I quickly downloaded it. I was not disappointed at all. The story was classic LeCarre and Jayston's narration was phenomenal - it was as though Smiley was sitting in the room with you. A great audio experience.
When I first saw this listing on Audible, my mind went back to the Seinfeld episode where Elaine works for a publishing agency and during a conversation with a "famous" author tells him that Tolstoy originally wanted to call War and Peace - "War, What is it good for?" to which she adds "Absolutely Nothing"
I did not know what to really expect but this turned out to be a great sociological treatise and an insightful history into the results of war and warfare. His concepts of "productive" and "unproductive" war are interesting, but given that he is looking at events in hindsight, it appears man has stumbled into a success of sorts.
Overall, this is a very thought provoking book, a little long at times, but very enjoyable. The narration was excellent and really enhanced the audio experience. I am not familiar with any of his other works but will have to check them out.
Although this book would not be my first choice for a download, I am really glad I did. It was extremely hard to stop listening (finished in less than two days). The situations and their descriptions were eerily realistic and the multiple narrations only added to the experience. I can't recommend this book enough.
I did not know what to expect when I selected this book, but I am glad I did. Navai gives us a glimpse of life into modern day Teheran and it is an ugly picture indeed. Decades ago, Eric Hoffer wrote the "True Believer" an examination of extreme regimes and how they are born and survive - if Hoffer were alive to update the book, modern Iran would easily fit in with little revision.
Not all of Navai's characters are helpless pawns or innocent victims, but all suffer at the hands of the regime. The story reinforces my distrust of organized religion.
Lisle's narration is flawless and contributes greatly with a five star rating. I finished the book in two days and found it impossible to put down.
Having recently finished a Viking trilogy, I was greatly looking forward to a new series to replace it. Immediately upon starting the book, I knew it was not to be. I normally, do not write bad reviews, but in this case I was so disappointed I decided to review it. The Vikings were a hardy people and also very rough characters. The characters in this novel are the best behaved, cultured marauders in history. This is a 9th Century story told in 21st century script - not very believable.
The narration is pitiful, bordering on boring. I was hard pressed to finish the book
I was tempted to download the second installment at the same time I downloaded the first - glad I did not waste a credit.
Since this is the centenary anniversary, there is no shortage of books about the First World War. At first I had concerns about the book, the reviews were great, but it was just a very long book. However, I had a hard time turning off my Ipod. The character development was priceless, the story line kept my attention throughout and the narration was faultless. The ending was sad but considering the subject (participants in WWI) not unexpected - it was a very sad war.
I always enjoy a good historical novel and this first installment of Peake's book about Caesar's 10th Legion really fit the bill. I had a hard time turning it off and can't wait for the next audiobook.
I was very happy to see the second installment of the Cormorant Strike series and it did not disappoint in the least. The character development was fantastic and easy to follow and again the narration was superb. The ending was really a surprise and after thinking about the clues, it instantly made sense.
I am really looking forward to the third installment (rumor has it, it is half finished).
I had seen an interview of the authors by Charlie Rose and the book really piqued my interest, so I was very happy to seen it offered by Audible. The authors lay out how western governments developed through their various iterations across three and a half revolutions, and then look at development of government/society in the developing world. With one exception, the highlight the strengths, weaknesses and dysfunctions effecting all and hence the need for a Fourth Revolution.
In the U.S., their predictions and analysis appear to be right on the mark. However, given the lack of intestinal fortitude displayed by American politicians, the authors' call for action will probably go the way of Bowles-Simpson.
I was surprised to see a novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore and remembered how much I had enjoyed his history of Jerusalem. The plot is as twisted as anything Kafka could have written. What starts as a adolescent tragedy, percolates and mutates into a plot to overthrow the state. This audio was hard to turn off and I finished it in less than two days. This is a great book to listen to - Prebble's narration is superb and after a while the listeners can almost picture themselves in the Lubyanka.
I noticed the novel in a bookstore and was happy to see it featured on Audible and happier still once I started listening. Mr Phelan is a wonderful storyteller. One could almost picture themself walking along the canal in Ballyrannel. The character development is solid. Paul Nugent's narration is fantastic.
Hope that some of Tom Phelan's other books make their way to Audible.
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