I read "Wicked" over the holiday and was excited to listen to "Son of a Witch." The story isn't as strong but enjoyable...however the intrepretation by the author is absolutely awful! Many of the characters' voices were flat with pauses between...each...word. Think of the worst audition on American Idol and you have some idea of the 13+ hours of agony that must be endured to get through this book. Buy the book and read it yourself, you will enjoy it more. I am begging the publisher never let's Mr. McQuire read another long novel again.
I'm a history buff. This book gives a masterful history of the US Senate from the before the Civil War to the years of Lyndon Johnson's work there. At first, I felt annoyed at the length of the overview, then if occurred to me that Mr. Caro was giving the history of a very dysfunctional organization. It showed how Lyndon Johnson slipped into power, using this staggering dysfunction. It was all very interesting.
There isn't really ONE moment. The book illustrates Johnson's breathtaking ruthlessness as a politician.OK, one moment. After WWII 75% of the American people wanted civil rights for blacks in the South. The source for this statistic wasn't cited in the book but there might be a bibliography in the paper book, that sites the source. 75%... and the southern democrats blocked it, wouldn't let it happen, and Lyndon Johnson was one of them. To me, he was not only ruthless, but his action was evil.
Mr. Gardner has a pleasing tenor voice. I enjoy listening to his narration.
No, I like absorbing information and stewing in it before going onto the next section. This book is very well researched.
If you like history and biography, this book is very well done and very interesting. I've had it for over a year and hadn't gotten around to listening to it. I'm sorry it took me so long.
Playing the angles.
John Russell was leaving a brothel after picking up some papers, when a huge nazi entered the alley. Very tense stuff.
His reading shows the integrity and courage of the hero
His honesty with his son, while they were visiting England. He explains what he is doing, who he is helping and why. He trusts the relationship with his son, enough to tell him the truth. He told his loved ones the truth, and, in this book it was OK.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The comings and goings of these characters was ridiculous. I did want to see what happened next so followed to the end. A young man might enjoy this. Maybe I'm just the wrong audience.
It was appropriate to the rest of the story.
They are professional performers and I always enjoy readers who really know what they are doing. It was good choice to have a man and a woman working on this project. I wish more books were read this way.
If someone looks like they need help, as opposed to a handout, I step up and do what I can.
The characters were completely drawn. Their motives are understandable and sympathetic.
When Nell went to the house where Elisa lived as a girl and met a woman who was a girl when Elisa lived there.
There were so many. It took a long time to get to the garden, after all it had been forgotten. It was a place all three women felt a connection to.
Eliza, because she was the most tragic. Nell and her granddaughter both knew love in each other.
I'm glad I got this book and will look for more of Kate Morton's books.
Amanda Lee, the narrator has a lovely voice with gentle accents appropriate to the place and people who are speaking.
New information on the spies against the third reich (I won't capitalize the name of such an evil empire). It shows that the nazi's didn't have much imagination, except in how to torture and kill unarmed people.
I read what a previous reviewer said about all his accents. I like John Lee as a reader and didn't mind. It could have been tiresome but I just decided to get over it, so I could enjoy the story.
Yes. I also ran out to my local book store to look at the pictures of the characters.
If you are interested in WWII history, this is a must read. I enjoy reading while knitting and feel so productive.
It shows that, by talking and listening to God, a person can go from deep anguish to understanding and peace.
Animated, Heartfelt, Sincere
It made me think, really hard.
It takes time to get to the part where the main character spends time with God and he needs to show his anger and despair so the conversations are meaningful. Go to Guideposts to read the real story of the author. It gives perspective to the one he wrote.
I've listened to 4 of 5 sections of this audio book. Peter Matthisen is a gifted writer and the narrator does an excellent job. The thing is, the main character is such an evil, despicable character that I can't find the energy to care enough to finish the book. What I will do is go listen to the last chapter and not put myself through the rest.
This story about a mid-level Polish spy was engaging and full of intrigue and romance.
The narrator did a good job.
If you have been merely reading this story you are missing out on the added dimension of Divana Porter's wonderful narration. I think of Diana Gabaldon and Divana Porter as partners in the telling of this story and series. I'm only partway through this book but feel like I'm in the company of dear friends.
This is a war story. There are graphic descriptions of cruelty to animals and graphic descriptions of torture. You have been warned.
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