I am an incredible dork when comes to history. Unfortunately, I was never a big fan of history class. The reason was this: I have always been of the mind that history is a story - of people and places and experiences - but the people who write history books are not storytellers. Allan W Eckert is a masterful storyteller. As it tells you in the beginning of the this audiobook, he spent most of a decade tracking down and sifting through historical records, and specifically people's diaries, to weave together the stories and people he brings once more to life in this remarkable book. And it's all real. The people, their names, their lives, their stories. All real. I kept having to remind myself of that as I was listening/reading this book. It is a novel. It reads like a novel. But everything in it is historical fact. It is a beautiful amalgamation of history and literature. If you love history, biographies, or historical fiction (my personal favorite) you will LOVE this book! It is a must read for you! Happy Listening -Whitney
I love Dickens -he's one of my favorite classic authors- and I love this work, but unfortunately I don't think Paul Adams does a very good job narrating. He's loud and somewhat monotone, and the the words begin to stream together until it's difficult to even understand what he's saying. It's sounds almost as though he doesn't understand what he's reading. I got another version, narrated by one Martin Jarvis, and enjoyed it much more. Happy Listening! -Whitney
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