A pretty good overview of world history - at least as much as can be covered in a few hours. The author even mentions names he's skipping over at various points, which provides a nice resource to go off and do additional resource.
The narration is fine - I love Grover Garner's voice, when it comes to these sorts of narratives.
I can't say anything that hasn't been mentioned before. The book, and Cleese's performance, are wonderful. They shouldn't be missed.
I'd agree with the first reviewer - Hickam tells a good story. He isn't as technically proficient as some authors, but he really knows how to develop characters, and make them interesting. The book is more of a love story than I anticipated, but don't let that turn you away - while the romance seems forced, it doesn't detract from the main plot at all.
Bill Clinton is a much better speaker than writer, unfortunately. The book really has no artistic merit at all, that I could find. It's basically of the form "I did this then I did this then I did this then I did this then I did this...". The style was so irritating that I couldn't bear to continue listening after just an hour. Out of the literally thousands of print books that I've read, and the dozens of audio books, this is one of only 2 or 3 where I couldn't make myself go any farther.
The book starts out with some overly melodramatic writing - so much that I was tempted to abandon it. But I stuck with it, and either the writing got better, or I ceased to notice.
Once the action starts, the book is wonderful. It really makes you feel like you're 200 feet down with the divers, as the explore the wreck. Now I'm wishing that I purchased the unabridged version.
.... how many people have decided to take a trip to Australia, based on this book alone? It certainly made me want to go!
Bryson is doing what he does best - dry, usually understated humor, delivered in a style that can't be imitated.
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