It might be 50 years old, but William Shirer's book is just as gripping and just as important today as ever. It is amazingly well researched and the perspective of someone that was a close and personal observer to much of the Nazi period.
Yes, it is long. At 57 plus hours, my wife reckons I've listened to Grover Gardner more than I've listened to her in 15 years of marriage. But Mr Gardner stays claim and steady throughout and never gets upset at my "what?" His narration is absolutely first class. One can't imagine a better combination than Shirer and Gardner.
I really enjoyed t his book. I wasn't madly keen about the issue or Navy Seals. It just came up as recommended and I bought it. I couldn't stop listening (despite obviously knowing how it is going to end).
My passing interest turned to deep respect for the Seals and what these guys do.
Nothing quite like it. It's non fiction but as suspenseful as Day of the Jackal.
never heard him before. He was excellent.
Every student should have to listen to this - and they'd enjoy it. Churchill writes wonderfully but I think he dictated so this is perfect for an audio book. His turn of phrase is just brilliant. He gives respect where he could have condemned and his analysis is just excellent.
I normally don't like narration that is imitating the author. But Christian Rodska is just right for this role and he doesn't overdo the imitation but does it just enough "Winston" to work. His timing is wonderful.
There is a lot to learn from this, more than half a century after it was written.
I think Manhunt was a brilliant book and I couldn't put it down. This feels like the publisher wanted a follow-up book no matter what. The comparisons between Lincoln and Davies are mildly interesting and the history is thorough. But there is nothing of the excitement and action of Manhunt.
I thought I heard a yawn from the narrator a couple of times.
It is really just a very very long account of what happened after Lincoln's death. The detail of the funeral and procession is drawn out and long; filling in the pages for the sake of filling them in. There seems little purpose and it feels like the author was getting paid by the word for some chapters.
I liked the book. But it is overly long for one year of Lincoln's life and the author stuck to the year closely. Considering he gave the Gettysburg about a month before the year began and was dead a couple of months after the end, perhaps 1864 could have been stretched a bit.
The narration is irritating though. It is fascinating that Lincoln was actually a tenor and with a Southern accent but Mel Foster's imitation when quoting Lincoln grates like fingernails on a chalkboard. It would have sufficed once or twice but to carry it through the book is plain annoying.
To hear the story from the Japanese side, though told with great respect, was really worthwhile. This is a mix of memoir and personal experience as well as history. The narration is very good as well.
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