I dowloaded and lsitened to this Napoleon book, and the one by Fischer also available on Audible. I am new to Napoleon, and if you are too, I recommend starting with this book by Johnson first, and the one by Fischer afterwards. Johnson's short book sets the stage for the modern reader and is read is a gripping manner by John Lee. Fischer's book provides sought after detail but loses the novice Napoleon reader because it assumes some familiarity with the outlines of his career.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and rated it five stars, but I see that the only two other people to rate it so far have only given it two stars. I think the difference may lay in expectations. This isn't light summer reading - it expects the reader to be well educated and well traveled - at least in the mind's eye - with a nodding acquaintance with the beaches of Europe, classical history - and an anglophile. I'm an American anglophile classicist living in continental Europe - so I ticked all the boxes and this book was just my cup of tea. If you know where Scheveningen is, what class of ancient Romans lived on the Bay of Naples, who had his summer residence in Brighton, which famous poet swam across the Dardanelles, have friends with a beach house in New England (or wish you did), and enjoy reading books where rivers "debauch" into the ocean instead of flowing into it - this book is for you. My pro-tip: skip the first chapter about the geology of beaches - the information is outdated and wrong, and the author clearly didn't enjoy writing that chapter. There is a night and day difference between the first chapter and the rest of the book.
This translation of the Aeneid stands head and shoulders above anything else I have seen in English. It's exciting, to the point, and very very nuanced. The narrator is a fantastic choice too. His voice creates a world and moves you along through it. I put on my earphones just intending to to listen to a few minutes of the beginning the night I downloaded this, and I was pulled in for four hours of adventure before I could finally force myself to click "stop".
This is the Blackstone Audio version of the novel. I found that the Recorded Books version, also available here on audible.com, was the narrator I preferred. Both are good, it is simply a matter of taste.
The author of this lecture series speaks quickly and with energy. Her style of delivery pulls you in and carries you along. I've heard five lecture series (two at audible and three from another company) and this was the best in terms of "narration".
I've downloaded and listen to all the Greek mythology available on Audible - and this book is the best, absolutely top notch. It presents Odysseus' life and bronze age ancient Greece in vivid and gripping detail, understandable to people new to the topic, and a filled with details for the connoisseur.
Although the mystery the children tackle in this story is at a young adult level, vivid descriptions and details make this enjoyable for adults with an interest in Roman history too. Even if your interest goes beyond beyond the amateur and you are well read in Roman history, I think you'll find listening to this story enjoyable - I did.
While technically polished and well written with a good narrator (the author himself I believe), the novel seems to be a fairly by-the-numbers adventure more suitable for the screen than between the pages of a book. The characters, situations, and resolutions were unfortunately predictable. I did not feel richer for the time I spent listening to this book.
I enjoyed the longer length of the Greek myths as retold by the author, the longest telling I have found in audio so far and his inventive details. The author's preface however (the first fifteen minutes of the audio book)is atrocious and nothing like the rest of the book, either in style, content, or narrator. Don't let it scare you off.
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