Canyon Country, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
A good/great writer has a story to tell and though some parts may slow down, they will not be rushed with the story; Mr. Courenay is that type of writer. I enjoyed the details of what the 1800 England and Australia was like. The hardships and violence of everyday working people made me happy to have police to protect us now. His main character is a true person of history, though not a likeable person. I am looking forward to listening to the next part of the trilogy.
It is in the upper part of my list. I have been a teaching company listener for years with over 50 series of lectures. I knew very little of China and now have scratched the surface
The Opium Wars compared Britain to a current drug cartel using violence to control the movement of drugs. It is such an interesting and awful mark on the west.
I learned a lot about Buddhism and the other religions of China, which I knew next to nothing about
No, it is so good and rich I tried to listen to no more than two lectures at a sitting.
I loved the development of the three main characters. The readers were also excellent.
The emotional conflict each character has with his/her family and the time in which they live
Eli is so interesting. In some ways he is such a cowboy with an individual code of honor that the reader may not agree with. At one point he remembers seeing a 9 year old American Indian and says he is worth 1,000 men of his current time.
All three were very good, probably great
Family is who you love and who you despise
I'd you are a lover of the Lonesome Dove Books I believe you will be very happy with this book
I love the truth and relationship between the family members. For the main character to have the nickname of a monkey is just the beginning of the joy, not fun, buy heartfelt joy of reading this book. The narator did a fantastic job and made the book even more enjoyable. I remember as a kid hearing of the wars in Africa between the ruling whites and the majority blacks, but this book gives you a feeling of life in that world.
I love the Mom. She is both as trong character and so fragile psychologically. I love that she tries to make a family of artist during the trying time of war
This book would not be nearly as interest without Biance. I found that her reading made the book for me. Out of my hundreds of audio books I have listened to she is probably the finest reader I have heard.
Yes. I could not stop. I listened to it while driving to work, at the gym or even sitting in my driveway before going in for the night. I could not put it down.
I had not listened to Ms. Fuller works before but now have all her audible works on my wish list which I will buy each month. She is like great candy and I will pace myself to enjoy her over the longest time possible. I strogly suggest this work.
Gus and Cal come alive in this book. One learns what drives them internally when they grow up. The ways that they care for each other, though neither ever says a word about their committment to each other.
I grew to like the Spanish Captain very much. How one hates him so much at the beginning and comes to empathize with him by the end of their journey. He knows that he is in a bad situation that will not turn out well for him and that he will be misunderstood. But his honor and pride of the obediance of the orders has him carry on even though he knows the results will be unfair to him
Mr. Patton did a great job and made it a joy to listen to this book.
The inter actions between Gus and Cal often made me smile. The fruitlessness of the entire plan and the destruction of so many people made me sad.
One gets a feel of the abilities of the Camanches. I contacted the Texas ranger historical site after this book. He confirmed that the Camanches were probably the finest mounted calvary on the planet at the time.
I thinkwe can all relate to the main character who is in love with a person who does not feel the same. There is very little suppernatural about his book but I believe it is one of Mr. King's best novels (I have read/heard every novel he has written). I brought it everywhere I went and was sad that it was over.
I liked the young boy and his candor about his situation. The extra site was also fun to find what insites he may have.
I liked the owner of the park. It was interesting to hear the extra language of Carney people and terms that they use.
the summer I grew up
This is the third time I have read this book and still could not put it down. One loves to hate the main bad guy; but also the ability to bring in battles with the French. I also rally liked the bringing in the rocket brigade and how they worked against troops.
Mr. Corwell's ability to describe a battle scene and the chaos is awesome.
Though it was small part of the story, when Sharpe gives the English officer (who thought he knew it all about battle) the true reality I just smiled and enjoyed it.
Davidson is one of the finest of Sharpe's readers. This book seems to have more action than a traditional Sharpe book which was exciting.
I did love the general Nann. He is supportive and a curmudgeon at the same time. One gets the sence that if more officers were like him England could have ruled the world.
It would be helpful to have read the first book to introduce Hixwell.
The writing style of the Victorian years vs. today makes it tough to keep interested in. I think if the same story was updated by an exciting type author that would be great.
He did a good job with the material he had to work with
Because of the English Victorian writing it seems like the reader is a bit ahead of the start waiting for it to catch up. The writing takes so long to get to the point.
It iS exciting to realize that this author and authors like him built the English empire and gave boys the inspiration to go to foreign lands of the empire.
When I was looking at he books I just finished it took me a while to remember what the book was about. I love a hero, like Jack Reacher, but was not over impressed with the overall story. There were some real exciting parts though.
I do think I would get another book from the same author. He was a good writer and I think he will improve with age. I did enjoy the movie and was hoping for the same type excitement, but I didn't feel like I got that. Also, I was interested with the idea of Jack Reacher being always looking out for chances to do good. He was not like that in this book.
He was competent but not great
I would see another Reacher movie.
Flashman is an historical Forrest Gump. He is everywhere the English were during the 1800's. What makes Flashman even more unique is the books are written in first person and Flashman is the antitheses of a hero. He is cowardly, lying, adulterous and hysterical. I find myself laughing out loud and also going to Google to look up a character from history or a battle that Flashman is involved in.
The Flashman Books are a cross between the Sharpe stories and Forrest Gump. When you read a bunch of these books you find Flashman in Afghanistan, India, American West and South. The other really cool thing is that you meet many of the greatest characters in Western History in his books.
Flashman is surrounded by brave men in a last stand being assailed by Afghan fighters. The battle looks hopeless. Flashman is cowering while trying to surrender and give up the colors.
If moved means laughed then many
It is up in the air. I do not normally listen to non fiction. This book did grab my interest once I got past that the book was a historical narative of the years in LA in the police force.
It is a well written and well documented book that does not leave gaps in the telling of the LA police forces fight to keep the Mafia out of its City.
Easy to listen to. He is very clear in his reading.
Initially I was unhappy as it claims to be the basis of the Movie. As with Band of Brothers by by Ambrose as opposed to the HBO series it is not very much alike. Once I started to listen though, the book did catch me and I was not able to stop listening to it. Have truly enjoyed it. If you are interested in early Police history, LA or the Mafia this is a good book for you.
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