Harry Bosch with Len Cariou narrating is probably my favorite series of audio books. Alarm bells started going off when I noticed that there was a new narrator for Black Box – but I began to listen with an open mind. One thing I liked about the Cariou reads was that Cariou seemed to be aging with the Bosch character in his reads. I am sure the narrator, Michael McConnohie, in other audio book genres would be OK but it simply did not work for this. Sadly, the Bosch image I kept conjuring up in this book was more like Barnaby Jones – a far cry from the Harry Bosch of the past. None of the funny situations worked in this book – it was like someone with no talent for telling jokes simply restating a joke in a monotone fashion. The actual story was decent, it was simply too difficult to get past the lame narration. I wondered why they made the change and did a search on Amazon and found that Cariou actually is the narrator for this book but only on a pre-loaded digital audio player – shame on Connelly for leaving his audience in a lurch and putting out an inferior product. I think that is a cop out. Audible – please work to have the Cariou rendition made available to all of the loyal listeners.
From the beginning of the Plantagenet Dynasty thru the end of the reign of Richard, the history of the Plantagenet’s is simply riveting. These leaders, though called Kings of England, were actually French Norman until well into the 14th Century. The marriage alliances, the intrigues, the betrayals, the pure brutality, the military campaigns, the plagues and ultimately the advances towards modern day governing all contribute to make this a fascinating book. The Kings and leaders were certainly not gentle people, yet many of actions they took played a significant role in how England, and ultimately Europe developed into what it is today. I guess I thought there was more National identity during these times than there actually seemed to be – the spheres of influence were in actuality more aligned with ruling families than nationalistic. Most of the coastal areas of modern day France were frequently under the rule of the Plantagenet Kings, until nearly the 15th century. Through each ensuing reign, you can see small advances in curbing the ultimate power of the Kings to the point of removing later Kings Edward II and Richard II. And while the Kings power was slowly being curtailed, the power of the legislative part of Government slowly grew – from the inception of the Magna Carta during King John’s reign until the removal of King Richard II. If you enjoy History of the middle Ages you will enjoy this book. Well worth the credit.
Regardless of what one think's of Bill O'Reilly, this is a fascinating book. The only negative thing aspect for me was that it did start a little slow, bogging down in detailing some of the final battles/skirmishes of the Civil War, but once the book began detailing the personalities involved in the plot it became fascinating. O'Reilly is a polished narrator from his time on the Factor, and he is very gifted in making strong arguments. I don't agree with all of the perspectives that were presented in the book, but there were truly a lot of strange coincidences for it to have been solely the work of the conspirators that were ultimately found guilty. Equally strange were some of the post war incidents that involved so many of the people closely involved with the investigation. I would certainly recommend this book as it is immensely entertaining. Judge for yourself what parts that you deem plausible and which seem conjecture.
The Gods of Guilt may be the best book of the series so far. Very riveting story, well read by Peter Giles. It is clear Connelly envisions Mickey Haller to be Harry Bosch’s alter ego. While on opposite ends of the legal process, and with perspectives from both of those extremes, both view their jobs as missions for justice, neither character will not stop in their pursuit of what they perceive to be justice and both seem haunted by their shortcomings as a result of it. While he is not as likeable as Connelly’s other main character, this series has developed into one that I look forward to reading each new installment in the series. If you have enjoyed any of the other Lincoln Lawyer books then you will enjoy this one. As I am a commuter listener, the story was a little difficult to follow at the beginning but quickly picked up to finish with a bang. The ending was very satisfying.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, not being a huge fan of O’Reilly, but I must admit the book captured my attention right off the bat and kept my interest throughout the entire book. I listen to audio books as I commute and this was one of those books that I could not wait to get back to at the end of the day. While I would not agree with many of his assertions in the book, I would say the book is incredibly interesting and in many ways very informative. He narrates the book in the same manner that he does his talking points memo from the factor and it works for this book. He does an incredible job in my opinion of presenting an idea of what life must have been like in that region at that time. The end of the book was especially poignant and thought provoking – I did not realize that all of the Apostles except John were gruesomely martyred as they preached the Gospel following the Crucifixion of Jesus. I plan to try one of his other books.
If you enjoy Roman History then you will love this book. Gibbon goes into excruciating detail to describe slow decline of the empire and the monumental steps toward the eventual fall.
There is a span of time before Diocletian that almost no Emperor was able to remain in power, or alive for that matter, for more than a year or two after assuming the purple.
It was very interesting to see the slow loss of impact that the city of Rome itself had on the empire. Several of the Emperors rarely if ever, even visited Rome. And I was amazed at how many non Italian born Roman Emperors that there were. With the emergence of Constantinople, Rome continued to slide somewhat into irrelevance.
The impact of Religion, particularly of the role of Christianity is discussed in great detail.
Even with the eventual fall of the empire, Europe, both Western and Eastern, to this day retains some striking resemblances to the Roman Empire.
Charlton Griffon is one of the premier narrators of audio books and he performs magnificently in this lengthy and detailed book.
Well worth the credit
I rely heavily on customer reviews when using my credits and when I saw this Stephen King offering with such stellar reviews I figured it was a can't miss selection. The story is decent, borderline mediocre. Really this one is closer to the short stories King has done like "the body", which they used for the Movie "Stand By Me". I think if you are looking for a thriller you will be sadly disappointed. Big name authors sometimes get a pass on the reviews and I think that is the case here. I am a big Stephen King fan, loved 11-22-63, but this one was almost boring. Narration was average. The primary storyline is simply about a young man coming of age. A subplot about a serial killer makes up a very small portion of the book and ties to a ghost make up an even smaller and almost unrelated aspect of the story.
The Cuckoo's Calling is one of the best detective books that I have read in several years. The writing is clever; the main characters are likeable, complex and yet flawed. The chemistry between the primary characters is outstanding – the story itself is funny, suspenseful and interesting. Rowling shows that she can master a completely different genre from the Harry Potter series. This is the first listen that I have for Robert Glenister but I must say his narration was first rate. There were a fairly large number of characters in the book and Mr Glenister was able to give each a distinct vocalization. It just all came together nicely to make a great book that I would strongly recommend, well worth the credit. Hopefully this is the beginning of a series and future offerings will bring back the main characters and also the narrator.
I enjoy historical novels and this one is decent. The main drawback is the pace is really slow and drawn out, and I personally had trouble identifying with any of the characters. Narrator - Simon Vance is exceptional. I much preferred the Robert Harris Novels of Ancient Rome or the Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliffe.
I found the book to be interesting for the most part, although the final hour was borderline tedious. The book goes into great lengths to describe Mr Cayce's life and the events that played a role in his becoming a very sought after counselor. The narration is extremely slow paced, to the point of becoming boring in some parts. He obviously was a well read man that sadly was not blessed with educational opportunities and it makes you wonder if his readings were simply a way of attaining stature, respect or importance. As a young man he simply wanted to become a Preacher but did not have the ability to get the necessary education to do so. Still, like many of the modern day counterparts such as John Edward or the long island medium, there are some uncanny instances of his seemingly being able to have knowledge of information that most people would not have. The book doesn't seem to convince the reader of anything, it just states details about many instances where he was sought after and was perceived to be capable of extraordinary insights into health issues of his clients. He probably was ahead of his time in recognizing diet and exercise as being huge factors in peoples health. His greatest triumph and legacy may actually be that he was able to provide for his family in extremely challenging economic times, especially for a very poor and uneducated person. Both of his sons were able to complete their college educations in a time when that would have been difficult for most people.
The content is inspiring, however a lot of it seems to be a regurgitation of the Awaken the Giant Within. The primary difference is the format of this offering is more along the lines of a daily devotional. Anyone looking for a motivational book will not be greatly disappointed, I just think the Awaken the Giant Within was much more in-depth in inspiring people to take positive action. Robbin's is an excellent narrator.
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