The Great Siege - Malta 1565 is an awesome book - well written. I had no idea of the leadership, courage and determination that the defenders displayed during siege. The ruthlessness of the combatants was a reflection of the understanding of both sides that this was an all or nothing endeavor. No quarter was given or expected. Before reading this I did not appreciate the ramifications of the outcome - Europe undoubtedly would look a lot different had the siege succeeded. Simon Vance is one of the Aces of the Audion Book narrators and he does a wonderful job in this book. If you enjoy European History I highly recommend this book
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett with Eric Meyers as the narrator is fantastic. It has all of the elements of a great detective novel – extremely interesting story, lots of plot twists and complex characters. In many ways I see this as the forerunner of modern day detective novels and even in some ways a predecessor to modern day adventure movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and National Treasure. It is much more realistic though than those movies in sense that this artifact is both plausible and elusive. The character development too is amazing. All of the characters, including Sam Spade are flawed in some aspect and the story really leverages off of their shortcomings to tie everything together into an exceptional book.
The book was written long ago but the story transcends the years. The narrator, Eric Meyers, was outstanding. If you enjoy detective novels you will not be disappointed, I would highly recommend this book.
I was very excited to see that many of Ray Chandler's books were now available with Ray Porter as the narrator. Ray Porter is one of the aces among narrators and Ray Chandler a pioneer among detective novelists - would seem to be a slam dunk for an audio book but it really turned out to be only mediocre. I think the way Chandler writes didn't sync well with the way Porter reads, which made it one of those books that was difficult to follow. I found myself perpetually re-listening to a part trying to figure out what had just happened.
Over the years I think the Harry Bosch series has been my favorite detective novel series. I think though that the series probably peaked a few years back and has slowly been in decline - after finishing "the burning room" I wish he would simply retire the character before ruining the series. Surprisingly, the Bosch of the most recent books no longer has a lot of depth. Connelly seemed to have been at his best with the Bosch series when he wrote "City of Bones" and on through "the Narrows". I would rate all of those books during that stretch of time to be five stars. The storylines and the things going on in his life outside of the case made them all very easy listens. Always found his music interests to be interesting and most of those books seemed to have parts in the book that were very humorous.
This book, like the prior one, is simply a cop out. The character isn't really interesting or likeable anymore. In my opinion the most recent books in the series are mediocre. I think Connelly is looking for a way to focus on Haller but Bosch is his cash cow.
The problem with the series is Bosch has got to be in his mid sixties at this point. The LAPD ought to give him "freeway therapy" and let him move on.
Like most of the other reviewers I agree that the narration in this one is lame. I am not sure though that even Len Cariou could have made this one more than just average, simply not a lot to work with.
If you are a Bosch fan then I am sure you will want to get the book regardless. If you are new to the series don't start with this one.
While I was looking for a new book I stumbled across this one and I remembered seeing the old movie, so I took a chance - and I am glad I did. I cannot say enough about how excellent both the story and the narration were - I was completely absorbed from the first sentence all the way through to the end. Set sometime in the 20th century, a lot of the content seemed quaint, yet nevertheless intense. The length of the book was just right for this story - about 6 hours. If you enjoy Sci-Fi you will not be disappointed. Following the book there is a discussion with the narrator that is very interesting as well - he is the son of the director of the first movie.
I came across a recommendation for the “The magic of thinking big” while reading the “4 hour workweek”. The first thing that struck me was the narrator – he seemed very enthusiastic, but also seemed to be older. The more I listened though the narration really seemed to be the perfect complement to the content of the book. There is a great deal of really good information in the book and it is delivered in such a quaint way that it is almost like listening to someone you trust giving advice. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, found the information to be very informative. I would say the content is more focused on motivational and somewhat less focused on entrepreneurial content. Dr Schwartz passed away nearly 30 years ago, and yet the messages he conveys are as relevant today as they were then. I would highly recommend this book.
I picked up the Great Commanders primarily because the title seemed to cover such a diverse group of Military Leaders, many of whom I knew little about. The book was very enjoyable and one that I would recommend for World History buffs. The author treated each of the Commanders in a very even handed manner - noting good and bad character traits that they appeared to exhibit. Of particular interest to me was what seemed to be the motivating factor for each of the Commanders that are detailed in the book - some were fighting simply for glory, some for their very survival, and some for an ideal or a particular vision that they held. The book was enjoyable and one that I would recommend, but I will say that the content is high level and not incredibly detailed. If you are looking for detailed information of the individual commanders themselves then I would probably recommend reading biographies in lieu of this one. The narration was enthusiastic and for the most part above average.
I stumbled onto this one as I was searching for books narrated by Frank Muller, one of my favorite narrators. What I found was a wonderful yarn about a humble, but determined Engineer that is singularly focused on doing the right thing, even at the peril of himself and his family. If you are looking for mystery, suspense, or jaw dropping plot twists then I would say that this isn’t the book for you. However, if you are looking for an excellent human interest story with likeable characters then I would highly recommend this one. I had never heard of Nevil Shute before reading this book but I found this book to be so enjoyable that I plan to try another one of his. The narration was exceptional.
There were portions of this book that were scary, but the vast majority of it wasn't. This book reminded me of the adage "hours and hours and hours of total boredom interrupted every now and then with a few moments of stark terror". After listening to it I wished I had skipped many sections as they seemed to be a total waste of time. This Audio book would probably lend itself more to an abridged version, if one existed. Narration was above average. If you like Stephen King Books you probably wouldn't be too disappointed in this one, but be prepared - it is an extremely long book that develops very, very slowly. I was very underwhelmed by the book.
While there is actually very little in this book about the conversion of Europe, it is nevertheless an interesting portrait of Constantine. The book focuses on Constantine's conversion and his subsequent push towards making Christianity the formal religion of the Empire. The book has a few sections that get a little dry when it focuses on the schisms and sects that began to emerge within Christianity is it grew within the Empire. Most of the focus in this book is actually on North Africa and the near east.
Constantine, and the actions that he took had huge impacts that can be felt to this day. His decision to make Constantinople a Capitol for the Eastern Provinces I believe created a divide in Europe that can still be seen. Western Europe and the religion that evolved there is to this day very different from the Orthodox Christianity that exists in Easter Europe. And the fact that the Roman Empire, and later Europe became the bastion of Christianity was certainly impacted by the actions of Constantine. The book points out many flaws and strengths that he seemed to have, certainly he was no Saint but he was markedly different from previous Emperors.
Charlton Griffin is one of the premier narrators for audio books and does an outstanding job in this one. I would recommend this book if you enjoy Roman History, it is however very slow in some parts, particularly those focused on the various infighting among the sects.
I had read this book years ago and forgot how intense it really was. There is no slow build up, this one is a thrill ride for the entire book. And in the end, you are left wondering. I found myself looking forward to my commute to hear more. Really, it is one of Dean Koontz' best books, along with "Lightning" and "the Watchers". The narration takes some getting used to, it was almost annoying at the beginning but ended up decent. If you are a fan of Dean Koontz then I would say this is one you will really enjoy.
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