A complete package, but this narrator is excellent! Obviously classically trained, he manages all voices most expertly. The story is good, and it must be remembered this is fiction. Die hard historians should look elsewhere.
The best narrator I have listened to so far. I will take notice of any other work he takes on.
Again, this is fiction. I love "true" Roman history as much as the next person, so I had to remind myself those times the story wandered from actual events.
This was an oddball read for me. While the underlying story was interesting enough, I found the author overly descriptive. I know that in some literary circles, "painting" a vivid picture via prose is considered the highest from of story telling, but as in with most things in life, moderation is the key.
As I've said, however, the underlying story was quite interesting and a little bit twisted when you think about it, but I won't give anything away here. Overall, it was a rather depressing tale, so I won't recommend this for anyone looking for a light uplifting read.
I really wish the rating scale had 1/2 stars. I feel bad about giving this only 3 stars, but I can't justify 4; 3.5 would be just right.
I was expecting a horror story, but this was actually a sci-fi novel. It started out quit well and the first half laid out the suspense in a well crafted way. The second half, however, started to get a bit predictable and moved into the sci-fi genre.
All told, however, it was entertaining. Get it if you're comfortable with a book ending up in a genre you didn't expect.
This was another splurge purchase when it popped up as a Daily Special. I'm glad I bought it. It's been many a decade since I read this book, and I forgot how good a story it is. Of course, it is a child's tale, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
What made this really special, however, was the narration. I loved it! I do think, however, that this narrator will either be loved or hated by the listener, so be forewarned!
If you'd like a trip down memory lane, pick this one up and give it a listen. You`ll be glad you did.
Wow, that was painful. While I enjoyed, to a certain extent, the foundation of the story, that of a parallel universe, the writing style was poor. A rough example of how the story was written:
"Hello" he said.
"Oh hi" she said
"You look good" he said
"Thank you" she said
"Your welcome" he said
"And you look good too" she said
Enough. Even writing that way is painful, but hopefully it illustrates the style you'll be subjected to should you pick this one up.
I was also a bit disappointed in Wil Wheaton's narration. I think I was expecting a bit more energy.
So, in summary, I would avoid this one...
What can I say about the Jack Reacher series? Well, to start, they are fairly entertaining. They spin a good story, so long as you are willing to overlook the machismo and the unbelievable coincidences.
I would hazard to guess that what draws people to these stories is the classic "underdog against the system" theme. Good old Jack is a drifter without a friend in the world, but he manages to come out on top time and again.
I know this sounds pretty negative, but I'll go back to my initial comment about it being entertaining. I had this running while doing dry walling and painting, and it was great for that role. I listened to a story that didn't require my rapt attention, but it entertained me while I worked. I guess this sums this novel up best.
I purchased this as one of those "it's a classic, so I guess I should read it" books. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised.
I can certainly see how this book will have stirred up anger within the religious communities, as the core of the story warns against religious extremism. It does so under the guise of a story set in the future where religious extremism has triumphed in the USA.
The story may be odd to follow to some. I thought it was masterfully crafted, and the ending leaves one thinking of the book long after it has been finished. This is, in my mind, a hallmark of great story.
Finally, a word about the performance. It was very well done. Claire Danes cadence and tone made the listening experience very pleasurable, and made me believe I was actually listening to the voice of the main character.
In summary, I highly recommend this story. It really is a classic.
I'll start by saying this was a dark novel. There isn't too much uplifting about the story, but it is likely a fairly accurate reflection of the time it is set in.
In my opinion, the book could have used a bit of trimming, especially in some of the more drawn out chapters dealing with multi-racial tensions, but that may just be me.
The real gem within this story is how higher and lower level politics cause carnage in the trenches. If only 20% of this story is close to accurate, then we, as a society, need to ensure that our armed forces have better leadership, and the political masters need to employ these forces only after very careful deliberations and for the absolute right reasons.
Read this even if only to educate yourself on this aspect.
I bought this one from the daily specials. I was pleasantly surprised with this story first published in the early 1950's (1953, I believe). I found it quite amusing to here ideas written down as "fiction" that have since come to fruition. The "radar oven" would be todays microwave.
All this aside, the underlying story and idea was very entertaining, if a bit depressing in the end. The narrator did a pretty solid job as well.
So, to sum up, I would recommend this, even if only from a nostalgia perspective.
Others have criticized book 2 in this series as not as good as the first. I disagree, and found the story a natural extension of the first. It is, however a fairly dark story, but entertaining and captivating nonetheless.
The story was very well done. Well researched, it is what I would consider as accurate as far as can be in a work of fiction. Be forewarned, however, that this also means that terminology and attitudes of that era are also presented the same way. For those with a thin skin, this could be somewhat shocking.
Although my favourite narrators tend to be Brits, Mr. Gardner is well matched to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed his pace, inflections, and interpretations of characters.
So, keeping things short, if you have any interest in the Civil War era, and perhaps a glimpse into how the US has evolved into what it is today with regards to politics, this series may be of interest to you while simultaneously providing a darned good story.
A very amazing story of a one very lucky man’s experiences through the entirety of WWII. This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in how the average German Soldier perceived the war. It’s also a great background piece for how the East / West divide opened up during this period.
Narration was sound, but a little uninspiring. It wasn’t difficult to listen to, but it could have had more inflection at times and been more dynamic.
A warning: an general interest in military issues is an asset, as the average readers eyes may glaze over in parts where units, places, and dates are brought up.
In summary, an very good piece of work.
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