The author did a remarkable job of fairly presenting all sides of the story without inserting judgment. It was well read with careful attention to the accents and inflections that defined each individual character. A good lesson in history, understanding the limitations of medical science in that time, and appreciating the blessings of medical science, today.
The narration was good, historical facts mildly interesting, plot was weak. I noticed it was a series and downloaded all three. After listening to the first, I thought it was mediocre at best but couldn't imagine anyone publishing a series if it didn't have some appeal somewhere. I assumed book 2 would improve on book 1 and 3 would be the pinnacle that everyone seemed to be raving about. Book 2 was even worse, I could not stay awake. I never downloaded book 3 and am looking to return it.
What a delightful story! I didn't realize that the second part is actually the first version by another author. The rewrite is far better than the first. I was a little disappointed that the story of part one didn't actually continue in part two. And part two was anti-climatic as a result. The reader was excellent, giving life and personality to each character. Thank you for an entertaining listen.
I bought it because it was on sale and had high reviews. I returned it. It's Og Mandino in old English. What I did listen to could be summed up as, "The Golden Rule, save, tithe and serve." I'm sure the reader could be an excellent Shakespearean presenter, but I didn't see the point in trying to portray this message in the old English language of thee, thine, thou, etc.
Though the sexual passages were infrequent for a novel this length, they were still disgustingly graphic. The book would have been an excellent read/listen without them. The reader did a remarkable job but I can't imagine him reading, especially the detailed act of bestiality, without feeling disgusted, abused and his integrity compromised. I had to fast forward. The story was interesting, entertaining and credible. The good guys were likeable and the bad guys appropriately villainous. It was overall somewhat predictable. The author has obvious talent. If I could speak directly to him, I'd beg, "Write more, but with more morality, please."
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