Stuckler and Basu hit it out of the park with this work! The book provided me with a terrific explanation of stimulus vs. austerity economics, and examples of how these different approaches have affected citizens in different countries. This book should be a required read for every US Senate and House member, and all US voters. A+
This story was interesting from the first chapter through the end of the book, and I was never really sure where the twists and turns would lead. One of those crazy, believable novels that oozes historical accuracy, Cabinet of Curiosities will transport you to a completely different world and back again !! Great fun !!
before I finished the first "book". I thouroughly enjoyed Dan Brown's previous three novels, and had trouble putting them down. This story is not based on history, with the exception references to objects and cities that exist. Too much of a reality stretch for me, and I found the narrator's female characterizations a turn off. Different strokes, so while I was disappointed, another listener could find it enjoyable; I simply did not.
Really enjoyed this current time-frame detective murder case. The twists and turns were devilishly realistic, and true to the chaos of real life. Stephen Hogan was like a breath of fresh air, as he provided the ideal dialogue with just the right accent - he nailed all the characters as different people in the story, but never over the top. Highly recommend this book !!!
I can't say I didn't enjoy the book, but I was hoping for a little more in depth new information, as opposed to the company line of the single assassin, non-conspiracy story. The delivery is totally O'Reilly, firm and abrupt, in some ways, a throwback to Walter Winchell's style. Of course, there was quite a bit of "new" gossip concerning the personal lives of JFK, Jackie, Robert, and their government as well as personal contacts. Overall, OK, and I"m sure most readers will enjoy this book to some degree.
Years ago I discovered Robert Ludlum's works about Jason Bourne in paperback, and literally devoured them one at a time, enjoying every word. Times have changed, and today, I find myself listening to most all of my "reading". Maybe I was expecting too much, but after not enjoying the movie (not much of a surprise), I am unable to listen to this book past the first half of the first file. The reader drones on and on with little emotion, pretty much following the ersatz storyline, whatever that is, featuring characters that are confusing to say the least. (I restarted the book three times to get an idea of who was who) Pretty much a bust compared to the Jack Reacher series... This book reminds me of listening to a lecture on a subject of no interest. However, you may find that it fits YOUR taste...
The only book that has come close to this one for me was WASHINGTON RULES. Between these two books, all the events, inter-relationships, and political tom-foolery of our government begins to make complete sense. You may not like what you hear, but you will come away a bit more educated.
Have listened to most of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series books, and this is the first one that almost put me to sleep. Like a movie that should have ended sixty minutes ago, this story runs on and on aimlessly for hours. I am two hours from the finish, and am moving on to another book. I don't even care about whodunit. Might have enjoyed white noise better. Reacher's repeated trysts with the sherriff were an example of this books style...once is good, twice is OK, three, four, and more distill the novelty, and eventually, you are able to write the scene yourself. Don't waste a credit on this one...
than a book. The reader is a perfect match for this wonderful story woven by Ken Follett. I felt as if I knew the characters intimately, and my wife and I compared notes as we listened independently, enjoying every aspect of this epic story of 12th Century England and France. Even though this is one of the most lengthy audible books we have purchased, it was difficult to "put the book down", and the story continued to hold our interest right up to the final words. A genuine treat!
Unless you are immune to over-characterization, be warned the reader does tend to get carried away with verbalization and overly emphasized commentary. The story line is interesting and detailed, but the reader made listening uncomfortable for us both.
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