Ruther Glen, VA, United States | Member Since 2006
Not by Amity Shlaes. Terence Aselford was adequate.
The material he had to work with was poor.
I found it a right wing look at an historical but justly ignored figure in our national canopy. It had no redeeming qualities I could discern. I even remained listening until the end. It went off a cliff and never really recovered.
Whose idea was it to include the reading of credits at the conclusion of the book? That was a disastrous decision on top of a sad and sorry tale. This would have been okay but she thanked everyone imaginable for this and for that. What a waste of time!
I loved the remarkable way that the late Jerzy Kosinski tackled compiling a book that could have been much longer into such a short and brief package. He apparently got some advice that I recall from an old English teacher in my past: Write more like Hemmingway and less like Faulkner.
A good comparison that comes to mind for me is the late Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five". Both writers in both books had a knack for tackling difficult subjects within a framework that each created which allowed them to be simple, brief, and direct. Their product emerges strongly and requires deep and thoughtful consideration from the reader/listener.
Hoffman's performance of this narration is excellent and he is deserving of praise. I have not heard other narrations from Dustin Hoffman and therefore cannot compare this with other performances.
Yes it was, and I did! Gratefully!
I want to thank my friend David from college. He introduced me to this writer then, and I remain appreciative.
Exciting, Adventurous, and Awesome!
In danger of freezing to death after a treacherous thousand mile sea journey from Elephant Island to a dangerous South Georgia Island, Captain Shackleton convinces his two companions to join him in another deadly risk: sliding down an icy arête at break-neck speed to survive yet another life challenge and get one significant step closer to rescue of his expedition. This book is filled with memorable moments like this.
Mr. Prebble did an outstanding job of presenting this remarkable story. His enthusiastic and theatrical performance was outstanding and lyrical. I normally find male British narration to be weary and feminine. His performance, on the other hand, was manly, thought-provoking, and proud. I am so impressed!
The courage with which the young castaway on The Endurance handled his gangrene infection and the eventual inevitable amputation of his foot. This was a remarkable, tragic, yet interesting event that touched al his mates.
I am seldom so impressed by a book and it's presentation. This is a book you must buy and enjoy! It is a remarkable and extraordinary tale of adventure and courage in the face of deadly adversity. I strongly recommend it.
The writer did not simply confine his story to the influenza outbreak alone. Instead he made an effort to capture the time, and an outstanding effort it was.
That the writer went to exceptional detail in describing the impact of the outbreak on the members of the Woodrow Wilson administration during the Versailles Peace Talks. This was very interesting to me.
It was outstanding.
The description of the impact of the outbreak on local and city governments. How the outbreak was dealt with at the local level was an extraordinary tale.
Listen to his book. Well performed and extremely well researched and written.
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