Of all the books I have listened to, this is average. But I would like to think that I have listened to some rather good books over the years.
I loved the entwining of food into history. The book touched on many of my favorite reading topics, history, culture, politics, science and economics. It tied in many diciplines rather well.
Consistent and unobtrusive.
Leave out all the first chapters on primates and prehumans, It is all speculation and not based in sufficient scientific proof.
I would only recommend this if this was a specific interest to the reader. Even as a poli sci minor graduate, I found this book contained way too much depth.
Yes, skip a chapter now and then.
confused muddled excess
The back story of the making of Easy Rider.
I found the narrator's heavy gruff voice and accent a bit off putting.
I love movies, directors and the stories behind the 115 minutes of entertainment we see on the silver screen. I grew up watching many of these movies in the theaters and remember them dearly. In this light, I enjoyed the book.
However, I found the overall style of writing a bit confusing. Chapter story line were so intermingled at times, with so many characters, that I was at times confused who was who and what movie they were talking about.
lastly, if everything was true, in terms of personal life choices, by the real life persons in the book, it is amazing anything was every produced and that many of them are still alive. What a hard way to live; careless sex, drugs, alcohol, and back stabbing vengeance should have taken a greater toll.
familiar Patton history
the various points used to show that Patton had a target on his back due to his loud voice, casuing problems for both the USA and USSR.
Details leading up to the accident and the accident itself were insightful.
Patton: Love him or hate him, he was our hero.
I found the book a light easy to read (listen) history of the end of WWII. Many chapters in the book seemed to be pulled right out of movies on similar topics. Some stories seemed to be included, not so much for moving the story along, but to make connections with the reader and other media they had previously seen. Some of the stories of Hitler's bunker, Rommel, Bastogne and the concentration camps, while interesting, were only mildly connected to the story
This was my first listen to a course serries on Audible. I was unsure what to expect. The author/professor's depth of knowledge and ability to provide details and nuanced meaning of the historical events were invigorating to the topic.
I am a fan of Barbara Tuchman and this narration seemed similar to me.
great insight into China is today and how they got there. Much ground work is covered to establish what makes the Chinese tick. Wonderful insights.
I good clear assessment of who they are, where they wre, and how they got to where they wanted to go.
For me, the dicussion about their work in the mid 80's was memorable. It was the time when I started to tune them out, the book helped explain how it all happened.
I really enjoyed hearing about the various records and songs. I often paused the book to relisten to an old album or song to tie it well with the book.
Ann's complete honesty about weight, drugs and relationships along the way was quite moving. She was open and frank and honest. Very refreshing to find someone willing to be so open. As I 37 year fan I appreciate the trust she shared with me, the reader.
I loved the book and read through it quite quickly (for me). I found the way that some rather dark areas of the history were shared honestly and reflectively. When certain details came out that could hav ebeen exploited, I found their approach rather clear, frank and honest. This was no gossip rag biography.
The main story idea of a gorup of people trapped from the rest of the world under a dome was interesting. I especially found the idea that when consequences were removed (no outsider could affect a person's bad decisions or misdeeds) what people would be willing to do or not do.
I have read over 20 books by mr. King over the years. I am a huge fan of the Dark Tower and the Stand. I will read his books again.
James "Big Jim" Rennie , I really found the breathing and pacing of his voice to work well with this character.
Yes, I laughed at a few points, no tears though.
I have to say that I was impressed with how much disdain the author must have for Chrisitians. The hate and vitriol seemed to be pervasive throughout the story. While I have read over 20 books by King, it was most evident to me in this story. It was not a simple side bar to the story to have one Chrisitian kook in the story, it was throughout the story. It had seemed to me that there was an axe to grind or that somehow Stephen King had been greatly crossed or offended by the whole religion (regardless of the sect or denomination).
The Chrisitan bashing was so great in the beginning that I almost stopped reading the story. I stuck with it and did finsih the book, even though the bashind was incessant.
Lastly, I found the moral conclusion to the story too contrived and childlike. Too Twilight Zone like. A bit too simple for me.
Somewhat well spent. I got the feel in the book that the author was a bit over zealous in his effort to try to be balanced in presenting the two combantants as morally equally corrupt. I often would hear additional negative adjectives tied to the armies of the west and less often with the turks. Almost as though he often over compensated.
The lead up to the battle of Vienna itself was a bit drier than the rest of the book. I considered stopping about 2 hours in. But I held out and enjoyed the rest of the book.
Fine even reading, was not a distraction or a highlight.
ultimately, it was not time wasted. Just not the overwhelming success I have had with other reads (Try Barbara Tuckman!).
Sure, time well spent for the content. But it will be much better when I get to listen to it while doing the actuall walking tour in DC. From my point of view, the fact that it is a walking tour book was not clear.
Having said that, I look forward to listening again in DC, following the map and walking the tour.
Sure, tons of content in a short burst.
It is a walking tour, I listened while driving in Europe and had regretted not knowing that it would help to actually see what he was describing.
I found the narrative from Philbrick quite an wonderful book to read (listen). I felt that in this book I was able to very quickly delve into the history, life and lore of the Nantucket Whaling community. The story is quickly told and apparently well documented. So far I have read two books by Philbrick (this one and Mayflower), both have been very good reads and I will mostly likely get a 3rd soon. This was one of those books that I ended up sitting in the car, having arrived at my destination, just to listen to a few more minutes of this riveting tale.
My only complaint is with the recording. It is choppy at places, the pitch of the narrator changes from high to higher at many places in the recoring. May be the lowest quality of more than 100 books I have listened to. Note - it was sill listenable, just the worse I have ever heard.
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