Alison Weir has that rare gift of making the convoluted and confusing seem clear and straightforward. She also brings various of the key personalities to life, reminding us that in this violent era,, it was as much people's foibles as glorious leadership, that forged countries.
There's not much about on the Tudors and English Civil War - this covers both: Brings us up to date with historical thinking; tells the story of each monarch, and I was left feeling invigorated, engaged, and edified!
A really fascinating view of all the relevant events leading up to the start of the horrors of trench warfare. There are so many people, and the events so complicated, that her ability to make it comprehensible is very impressive.
It depends what it was about. He narrates really very well indeed.
He has this weird approach, generally, which seems to leap from "myths can't be taken literally because they're only myths" to fairly detailed extrapolation of the social behaviour of the day from the said myths.
When he, an ex-Royal Marine, got the date of the WW1 Gallipoli campaign wrong!
There've been loads of movies using the Greek myth stories.
Generally great, but a bit weirdly obsessed with gender issues.
I thought that it was going to be about a Roman Legion at the end of empire. It was about a guy who'd apparently been in a legion.
The characters are a bit thin, it's not in the least bit evocative of extraordinary times.
Martin Shaw can make an 'Items for sale' listing sound interesting.
The book was a really good idea - there is space for another version.
Engaging unproved idea
Hitler was a forgettable little old man, rather in everyone's way.
The most interesting was the scene, and reasoning, behind the idea that the top Nazis fled, rather than die in the bunker.
It's well established that the SS robbed billions of dollars from almost anything that wasn't nailed down, and much that was. This was done, we're told, after they realised that they were going to lose. So why was there no escape route for Hitler? It always seemed a bit weird. Despotic leaders tend not to be the suicidal type.
This book is merely a story of the creation of the escape route, the escape, and the life in S. America. There's no evidence provided beyond claims of conversations with people who claimed to have overheard things. I might be doing them an injustice to some extent as this is, after all, an audiobook, and I didn't look at the bibliography, if there is one.
There are checkable claims (the report from the Russian officer tasked with finding the body, for example).
I enjoyed listening to it. I usually enjoy these sorts of
... but then I read it when it came out - I found it in a friends house.
It's a grim view of the 'future', but it has the feel of UK in the 1970s.
It's the style of sci-fi that I prefer, lacking wizzo tech, and lacking wizzo social stuff: Just a premise, and see where you go.
I'm a great fan of what-ifs, so I bought this without even reading the reviews!
Most of the stories are not 'what-ifs' as I understand the genre, i.e. the change in the past, in most of these stories, have no effect on the future. When you listen to them, it's a bit odd, you're left thinking 'er, so what?'.
Personally, I didn't find any of of them evocative enough to make up for the lack of plot interest.
My most recent 'what-if' is SS-GB, which I did enjoy!
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