What a great ride. Great characters, great story, believable in a Tarantino-without-the-ultra-violence kinda way. Well worth a credit, and one of my favorite stories from 2012.
I've been to the Mutter museum and it is fantastically wonderfully, odd, creepy and 100% American. After listening to this book, I have an entirely different context, and I want to go back to the museum tomorrow.
This is "lost history." We know the big stuff that happened, but this book is a wonderful example of the day-to-day lives of people, and of a city that wears its history on its sleeve.
This was good. Wow. Scary as hell, and so well done. I usually don't go in for this sort of thing, but wow, wow, wow. This really messed with my head.
But, this was generally unlistenable after a while. Wonderful world building, but oh my lord was the dialogue horrible. The word, "Son", does not end a sentence, and if it does, it certainly does not need to do it repeatedly, son. It drove me to distraction, son. It really needed to be caught in editing, or somewhere.
months later - I'm still thinking about this book. One of the best on Audible.
but this just motivated me to stop listening. Too many long stretches of just boring content. Sorry, didn't work for me as an audiobook
If you're a movie fan, Reg E. Cathey sounds like a dead ringer for Eric Roberts in Pope of Greenwich Village. This is an amazing story, with a perfect marriage of author and narrator. What a great ride.
Looking forward to the next in this series, it can't possibly be a one-shot book. It's too good.
First off, major kudos to Jeff Gurner who has a thousand voices, and was absolutely riveting as a narrator. Amazing. Second, what a story. The best parts of Clancy and Crichton, with none of their extra baggage. Highly highly recommended.
I've been a history buff my whole life, and this really provided new insights into the run up to WWII. Unbelievably engrossing, and well narrated.
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