I applaud the author for his brave stance in presenting history as it was, without diluting any unpleasantness for the sake of political correctness. In today's American era of tolerance, with everyone tripping over each other to extend acceptance, it is surprising and liberating to have an author embrace and relay the mindset of an era to the degree that can be found in this volume. Let's face it folks: this nation was founded by God fearing people. And, this first volume of the Basic History of the United States unflinchingly presents the history exactly as it occurred, without any pandering or posturing to those who are opposed to telling it like it is. Our nation's forefathers were Christian, and certainly God fearing and, like it or not, this nation was built upon Christian beliefs and values.
Regardless of whether we love it or hate it, or are indifferent to it, the truth is the truth. And like any excellent historical account, this book presents the truth. It is ridiculous and counterproductive to condemn the writer for his political and religious stance when he is writing a historical, verifiable account. I dare say the same would not have been done had Muhammad, the Dali Lami or even Sun Tzu been the author or the subject matter.
The contrast between the morals of America's people then and now is as striking as it is troubling. We have truly lost our way.
Furthermore, the benefit of the book's information should far outweigh any assault on anyone's sensibilities, liberal or otherwise. Should be required reading.
Ohhh, I do hate to do this. It really does pain me anytime I have to give a not so stellar review. But, if one agrees to give reviews, one must review all honestly. And, after all, it is my own opinion and may not be true for others. So, here goes:
I have always held conflicting views of the American Indians and the American story. I do not call them Native Americans because I do not believe them to be any more "native" than am I, whose earliest ancestors set forth from Germany and Switzerland, Because the earliest Indians probably came from Asia, they are immigrants as well, albeit much earlier. Anyway, I set out to learn as much as I could about them. I thought a good place to start (from an audio point of view) would be a history of North American Indians and that is why I chose this book. And, from the first three chapters, I think I was right. Unfortunately, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen and almost impossible to finish. I have started -- and stopped -- listening to this book three times. I will now get the book in print.
Some people do not mind their narration experience. Others do, and I am one of them. I have to "feel" the story and some voices make it hard to do so. Subjective, I know.
Finally, Step 1 of the review process on Audible makes it necessary to rate Overall, Performance and Story before one can move on. I gave Overall and Story four stars, which is may or may not be fair because I did not get far enough along to judge either.
Though this book was not loaded with tons of "facts" about the expedition, I'm not sure it was supposed to. It was more a case of someone reading a diary, of sorts, and then filling in the blank spaces so we (the "reader") would have some idea of its context. It could be tiresome. However, now I know something of the expedition and am doubly amazed that anyone made it out alive. If you're on the fence about the Providence of God, this ought to fix ya.'
One cannot finish this book without somehow feeling that Dr. Grandin would make a fun friend. She is so real, unapologetic, and you get the feeling that she would answer honestly if asked, "does this dress make me look fat?" Seriously though, this book and Dr. Grandin's mind is fascinating.
Not always the case, the narration of this particular book is excellent, almost like tepid water. You know it's there and it's doing you good, you just forget about it. That's what narration ought to be.
This book was such fun. The narration, done by the author, was such that you could almost see Zippy, well, zipping about. She sounds adorable and the book was very enjoyable to me.
They say that still waters run deep and I believe that Zip is an example of this -- she thinks and feels deeply. I loved it.
I especially enjoyed this book because it gives such insight into a life that we cannot even imagine. The Bible shows us that polygamy never ends well. Case in point.
Very well written. I wish Ms. Wall and the little family she's built all the luck in the world. God bless.
Fun to listen to. She does a good job. I'd really like to see her write something of real substance. I don't mean her biography lacks substance -- it's just that she has such writing talent that she could do some real good in the world.
She is the kind of person you'd want to be a friend of yours, a pal.
If one could see my Audible.com library, one would never believe I would purchase Stori Telling. But I really like her. I think she's a sweet woman, and a good person, who loves her family. And, I think she did a good job giving the good with the bad.
This was fun to listen to.
As so many other reviewers have said and as any true audiobook enthusiast (i.e. commuter) knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have turned off many a truly good book because the narrator was just too grating. But in this case, it is our great good fortune that the author of this book is also perfectly suited to reading it.
Having recently learned that my ancestors were great American Patriots and Revolutionary War Soldiers, I wanted to learn, and learn I did through this fascinating account.
Thank you, thank you, Mr. McCullough. I was only too sorry to hear you sign off. God bless.
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