The enjoyable history is made irritating by the narrator's pronunciation. While a number of the rivers around Richmond do have Indian names - every single one is mispronounced. This may be understandable, but to pronounce an army "corps" as "corpse", Jubal Early as "Jew-ball" and to read "coup de grace" as "cup dee grass" is simply ignorant.
Clifford Dowdey gives the traditional "Lost Cause" interpretation of the Civil War which dominated history books for a century after the War. Everything Lee and Jackson do is correct and moral, everything Johnston and Longstreet do is wrong and evil. But,once you accept where he is coming from, there is quite a bit of useful information here. It's also a refreshing look at McClellan, as the victim Little Mac saw himself.
I found myself cringing at his pronunciation! Is English a second language for him?
Witin the above limitations.
No - I think I said it all.
There are some funny stories here - and I think a different narrator would have brought this off better. Joly goes out of his way to inform the listener constantly that he only likes places if other tourists haven't "discovered" them yet, which gets a bit tiresome. Also anything to do with the USA, unless its in an eastern city that reminds him or Europe, is coarse, loud, fat and rude. Even when he's in other countries he seems to slip in an American visitor just to remind us how terrible THE US is.
I am a students of history - Presidential assassinations intrigue me and a good thriller helps make a long ride go quicker. On a recent trip to Florida from Virginia I downloaded The Jefferson Key expected to be thoroughly entertained. However, this is one of the most contrived novels I have ever experienced. Each time there was an apparent resolution of a problem a - not simply unexpected - but totally unrealistic event would occur. Someone once wrote that fiction is more difficult to write than non-fiction, since works of fiction need to make sense. This book does not.
I cannot listen to this. The narrator sounds like an elementary school student reading aloud for the first time from a lesson he had never seen before. This may be a fine book, but in this format will never be appreciated. Can I get my money back?
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