John Barry's treatment of the epidemic couched in the context of the historical setting is great. The development of the characters, the wealth of research, the US (and some world) medical science history and the political environment all combined to make the actions and choices during this pandemic take on a significance they would otherwise lack.
I particularly enjoyed the analysis and thought process employed to evaluate individuals' and governments' choices and actions along with their impact on the lives of millions world wide and the possible implications for current and future generations. It begs the questions of the reader "what would I have done in that situation?"; "What should I be doing now?"
The balance between the education and the story worked well for me. It would be great to have other subjects in history treated in the same fashion. For me, it is always better to view the events of history with more education and context in which to frame them.
The story was extremely well written. I found myself laughing out loud and having to explain to my wife what it was I was listening to at the time. The relationship between the main characters was well done and explored the range of human emotion as well as common and not so common situations that we may find in our own lives. However the graphic description of their personal intimacy was way over done and over the top. I used the click wheel on my iPod to get past it, but it was not a necessary component of the story and really ruined the book for me. I wish Audible had a rating system in place that would warn about this kind of content. The narration was exceptional and really added a lot to the story.
I enjoyed both the story and the narration. Lots of characters in the book and some needed a little more development, but the main characters were well done. Transitions could have used a little more time to get worked out. Some seemed rushed and because less than congruent. However, the whole is fun and a pretty quick read. I am looking forward to the other two books in the series.
David McCulough's research, analysis and writing style are all very much to my liking. I enjoyed everything about this book, but the narrator’s lapses in concentration. His voice was very , but I thought at times it was John Adams himself come back from the dead, but only just. I estimate that the pauses and heavy breathing took up almost two hours of the book. For the first few times, I thought my iPod had run out of battery. It seemed as though they kept the tape rolling while he found his place or took a break. It would have been a much better experience if they simply edited out these pieces or non-pieces. I give the book a 5, but with the narration I can only rate the audio a 3.
Wow, what a bore. the whole book could have been summarized into anout 35 minutes and it would have been a much better book. This was meaner through the lives of patty the wholely unintersting.
This book again proves that even an interesting and significant subject can be treated so poorly that you just scratch your head after sloggin through it.
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