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A wonderful morality play of a thriller of a story. in the traditional tone you would expect of a classical tale much like Indiana Jones, where the telling of the tale is very melodious, almost prose. The story can be quite quick, and quickly twisting as the main plot begins to reach a crecendo. The conclusion also requires the reader to twist their presumptions of the entire story...again very much like an Indiana Jones or Sherlock Holmes type story. My first Chesterton read...and I think well worth it.
I listened to this text over the course of several months, listening to a download(about 8hours) at a time. Overall it is very detailed, well documented, and not as opinion laden as I have found many other recent historical texts. The author uses the works of those who were there as much as possible and presents the human, not just the historical saint we have all come to know through lore. Ron presents this human side in such a way that you come to appreciate exactly what he dealt with daily to bring the USA as country into reality.
The second installment in Adams story of Authur Dent makes for a great time. Not too long and the twists are fun even for someone who has read the series many times before. Only Adams in traditional English style can make a joke out of verb tenses in the context of time travel. The story he tells is solid enough that fantastic special effects would not be needed for a visual presentaion.
Just when you thought you knew SA Pendergast and his wife, this literary duo adds more twists to the SA's adult life than a modern polititian. This story fills in some backstory of SA Pendergasts character. Sir A.C. Doyle would be pleased with this level of logical deduction.
Overall the Authors concept and detail is great for depecting mankind after several centuries in space, post non-human contact. The struggle of the earth base civilization in staking it's claim to exist. Good premise, good plot, bad delivery though. The Narrator is OK, but some of the detail is a bit taxing on an audiobook. The chapters are presented like millitary log entries, which can become a bit annoying chapter after chapter, plus about a third of the book is repeated explanations of tools, places, characters, or tactics. These repeating items may be subscripts in the printed version (I hope they are at least). In the audio version the amount repeated within the individual book, and from the first book of this series almost becomes an insult to the reader/listener.
The over all writing was bit campy. The story is a bit of historyical fiction blended with the trendy consiracy theories of the time. A fun ride even though it seems to be of the growing trend of authors/reporters being the central characters to Life, the Universe, and Everything...yeah, Douglas Adams did that too, though his writing was much better.
This is a short but very rich collection of tales from Ray Bradbury. Unlike may authors today the feel you need to sell books by the pound the create depth of story, each of the short stories making up this book has depth and complexity not found in tomes 1/4 its length from most modern authors. The performance is not top shelf but the stories make up for that shortage.
This is a great story from a unique perspective...that of a dog. This is a story about a dog and his man...and racing too. I have listened to this book three times now...it is that good.
For those that enjoy a great set of stories letting us all know what we are missing...this is it. The author ties together real life situations into a thread showing how much opertunity we are missing...right in our own back yard. A great inspirational text.
I read the book before heading to the movie, and well, they were both at parellel paths of a soul through different lives in the span of centuries. The movie seemed to smooth out the over all winding path the book leads you though. Though I did enjoy the ending of the book being left out of the movie. The writing is a bit deep and complex for any but experienced readers.
The book and movie match quite well, and I am glad the movie only discussed the ending. Though I am not pleased with the whole ending quarter with entire tale explanation thing. I like the tale, as just that a tale. The writing was top notch, and the narration was in the top tier too. Fun book, but like quite a few others, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had not finished.
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