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.
Mr. Patton (the reader) does a wonderful job on this book. The range of all the different voices he creates makes you think a whole ensemble is reading. As far as the story, it is good, not great. I enjoy James Lee Burke's books quite a lot, but this one seems to have a lot of extra words and descriptions which add nothing to the story.
This is really a very interesting book about the development of everyday life tools we take for granted (light, clean water, sound recordings, etc). The stories for each major area are extremely interesting and the narrator does an excellent job of getting the message across. If there is ever a volume two to this series I will definitely get it!
Philip Kerr just knows how to tell a story. Interesting characters, interesting plot, interesting ending.
Philip Kerr knows how to tell a story, period. The fact that they are set in Germany during WW2 adds to their mystery. Having traveled the country quite a number of times, it is interesting to "revisit" many places. The narrator, too, does a very good job of pronouncing the German names, locations, etc, as they should be heard. I normally like to alternate between listening to a fiction, then a non-fiction book. Lately, though, I keep on listening to another Bernie Gunther novel. The whole series is very interesting and entertaining.
Too bad David McCullough didn't write the history textbooks used in our nation's schools. If he did, our nation's children, as well as adults, would have a lot greater appreciation for the subject! This is just an extremely interesting bit of history told in a way that makes you want to read and listen to more from Mr. McCullough.
Just a very good book and great narration. It is a very entertaining story. The writer does an excellent job of painting a picture as he tells the story.
Mr. Kerr can really write a great story - time and time again. I have listened to several "Bernie Gunther" novels and each one is exceptional.
Learning how previous holders of the office have counseled others; that, despite their political differences, they each uniquely understand the burdens of the man holding the office and support him pretty much without fail.
You won't get bored listening to or reading this book.
Plot had many surprising twists. Having traveled personally to many of the areas mentioned, you can tell the writer does his homework.
Mr. Lee is a very good reader, except he sometimes mispronounces German words for locations, people's names, etc. As long as you are setting your books in German locales, you should use German - and not Americanized - pronunciations.
Philip Kerr is a darned good mystery writer. John Lee is a very good reader (just needs to work on his pronunciations of German words)!
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.
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