Having read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series as a (male) teenager and remembering the excitement it provoked in me, I listened to Ship of the Line. I was not disappointed. The detail of life and combat aboard an 18th century warship and the complexities of seamanship are vivid and satisfyingly complex. I had forgotten that Hornblower used to get seasick upon setting sail after several weeks ashore. The political infighting and maneuvering for prestige among officers of the Royal Navy is especially interesting. This audiobook is nicely read by Christian Rodska.
Yes, of course. It's a great story written by a master of the genre. However, I didn't realize it is so long. Most of the story actually occurs after Edmond Dantès escapes from Chateau d'If and goes on to exact vengeance on the people who put him there. This is where the story becomes intricate and convoluted, sometimes to the point of boredom.
The most interesting was his escape from prison.
The least interesting is the long winded story of his vengeance.
He's a great narrator, no doubt. His special ability to use different voices is unparalleled. However, he sometimes unnecessarily drags out his emphases.
Dumas did write novels that followed up: Twenty Years After and the Vicount of Bragelonne. But I don't have the patience to read them.
I'm sure the long and convoluted narration is because this novel was published as a series of episodes over a long period of time. The question is: should it be read as a complete novel today or should it be broken down into two novels for the modern reader?
It was OK, but I was disappointed by the sophomoric dialogue and simplisitic characters. The plot, however, is very good.
Yes, if Al Lamanda improved his style and character development. I think he needs to take his readers more seriously.
Maybe, depending on the director. Actually, this book seems to have written with a movie script in mind.
Absolutely. It's a complex but tightly told story of misfortunes that beset a strip club owner getting on in years and surrounded by an interesting but definitely unsavory cast of characters.
Everything -- but everything -- happens in the space of week: low lifes, strip joint men and women, and crooked but elegant policemen converge in a complex and fascinating -- often hilarious but also bloody -- series of mishaps.
Manco Capac, the owner of several strip joints and clubs in LA, is a fascinating character, whom you come to sympathize with in spite of his very spotted history.
It made me laugh, although there are some gruesome scenes (which some people may not like)
If you enjoy books by the late Ellmore Leonard, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book
The author's extensive use of Napoleon's letters -- to his generals, wife and mistresses, friends and antagonists -- provides a close up view of an extremely complex and contradictory but formidable leader in a crucial period of change in European history.
The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans is similar in scope and the wide ranging use of materials.
I've gotten to like John Lee but he is an acquired taste. His pauses are sometimes disconcerting, but they are probably necessary in narrating Andrew Roberts' complex but interesting prose. I must say, though, that I never grew tired of listening to him over more than thirty hours!
Anyone interested in the period of the French Revolution would enjoy this book. Roberts pulls off a difficult feat: providing a close up view of Napoleon, the man, as well as a fascinating survey of the complex transitions affecting French society and European politics, from Britain to Italy, Austria, Germany and Russia.
I always enjoy stories about ancient Rome. This book was especially interesting because it's written from the perspective of a very young man who early on dreams of marching with the Roman army, a dream that keeps him going in the face of a father who hates his son. Learning about the actual development of a young soldier going through training and his first combat experiences was fascinating.
I would say his first battle.
Actually no, but that's not a problem. It's the kind of book that you want to keep going back to, expecting to hear more and more.
I will surely look for more books by R. W. Peake.
I have no idea. I've only listened to the audio edition, which I enjoyed very much.
There are many of these moments, as expected in a good thriller. The first scene stands out: Simon is an assassin working for the Hagannah preying on an ex-Nazi in San Francisco in 1952. Also, Simon's flashbacks to his harrowing experiences as a Jew in Nazi occupied Checoslovaquia are memorable.
I'm sorry to say his performance is a downside to this audio book. His rhythm is very slow, and although I'm sure he means it to be thoughtful, it turns out to be a bit exasperating.
I would have liked to, if I had had the time!
I'm looking forward to more books by Del Bourgo. He's an intelligent writer with a deep sense of history.
The far ranging historical drama covering the Depression, World War II and the post war bringing together fascinating characters from German concentration camps, oilmen and sinister capitalists from post-war Texas and Louisiana.
This is my first experience listening to Patton and I will certainly go back to him.
I'm certainly going to read more James Lee Burke novels.
Up to a point. It starts out really well but then gets bogged down in interminable details.
I've read other very good books by Kanon and had high expectations concerning Istanbul Passage. But it turned out to be a very disappointing experience. The plot is quite interesting, but the novel never really gets off the ground. I believe Kanon was aiming for a novel about a reflexive, postmodern, spy in post-war Istanbul. But it turned out to be too reflexive for my taste, with very slow and artificial dialogue and halting action.
Probably a book by William Lashner or Joseph Finder.
I think Scott Brick would have done a great job.
The problem that the plot hinges on is quite interesting: how to get an ex-Romanian fascist with a lot of knowledge on Russian intelligence out of Istanbul and into the hands of the CIA.
He could have equated the seriousness of the plot (Emperor Domitian scheming to bring about the downfall of Governor Agricola in Britannia) with a more adult and crafty main character.
Although there is rich description of ancient Londinium and an interesting political background to plot, the character himself is rather sophomoric and not very believable. Character development is very unsubtle: the female character very suddenly falls in love with the main character (after slapping him in the face).
Ray Porter could have refrained from sounding like a 21st century teenager.
I'm afraid I won't download any more of Stanley's books.
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