Great, great book, but Mr. Forsythe puts so much detail into every line that it is difficult to follow the book and watch the road at the same time! I found myself backtracking over and over again to re-listen to what had just been read. The story is great, but all its detail calls for much more attention tha one can give while also paying attention to the road.
Trying to condense the whole history of a nation in 24 half hour sessions is quite the challenge. Realistically, spending more time on a lesser number of years (say a couple of centuries or so!) would have been better. Essentially, everything is glossed over because of time constraints and you don't take away as much as you could. That said, the presentation is quite good and narrator/professor delivering the lectures does a very good job. While I found this audiobook interesting, I really wouldn't overly recommend it to anyone.
Very, very good.
John LeCarre is a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading his books very much. Regrettably, the reader in this instance had too much of a monotone voice for me. It proved very difficult to listen to the book. A better reading and this book would have received a much higher rating from me.
What a great, great book. Larry McMurtry is simply an outstanding storyteller. Lee Horsely's performance as the reader on this audiobook should be the standard against which others are judged. This is 56 hours of pure listening joy and entertainment.
Though science interests me, I find books -- even the ones that try to explain things "simply" -- fall short of their goal. This is another case of a topic that grabbed my attention, but the writing and narrative were less than understandable. I listen to most audiobooks while driving. This one certainly doesn't lend itself to that. You have to listen closely, then replay parts, then listen, then replay. In then end, it is just a disappointment.
The book is 700-plus pages. I find it easier to listen to longer books than read them. It may be because the earplugs mask out other distractions. Regrdless this is an excellent book. I read the first in the series as well. Caro is very detail oriented and paints pictures along the way to keep your interest from waning.
Obviously, the others in his series on President Johnson.
Great performer. Even when discussing "dry" subjects he made them interesting.
The one thing this book made me do was drive around the block once or twice on many occasions when listening in the car - waiting for a break in the narrative which made sense.
Great book. Great reader/performer. Unbelievably interesting, no mater what your political leanings.
One thing's for sure, you won't get caught up in the story. It is entertaining enough to have playing in the background while you are driving, but the best part is the performance and not the book.
Science was never my forte, and this book proves it. The subject matter is very interesting, but I found that I needed to continually backtrack to understand the message. This book would be far easier to understand if I read the words, instead of trying to understand the content while driving. The readers, too, were the authors, and their voices and presentation just aren't professional enough.
This is one of those books where it would have been better if someone other than the writer had been the reader. Very interesting topic and observations, though.
The author offers some good insight into why and how
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