I thought it might just be me so I went to Amazon to see other reviews and sure enough there were other people who got very, very, VERY tired of the puns and cutesie writing style. It could be the cutesy style in a newspaper column is appropriate, but sometimes I thought I was going to have to pull over while listening in the car to take care of my gag reflex.
Not if he writes like this.
It is not the characters it is the puns and condescending style of the writing.
The author should have known more about US history and geography before writing this book. He got a wrong general for the Union at Gettysburg and the wrong direction of Niagara Falls. And, with a topic as huge as New York City over 350 years, he shouldn't have tried to do it in one book. This would have allowed him to have more character development.
Don't think so. I will listen to other Rutherfurd books. I liked his books on Russia and Paris.
Correct pronunciation and good pacing.
Don't know. Couldn't finish the book due to egregious errors.
While I am not a extreme railroad fan, I am very interested in its history especially in the United States, but the writing and editing was amateurish. The writer seemed to have a thesaurus at one side and a list of cliches on the other. He used a number of unnecessary words such as "opined." He uses "opined a modern day hobo" or "opined a writer" or "opined a youthful railroad fan." He uses "reported" 28 times. He uses "said one" five times which doesn't mean anything. "Said one engineer" or "said one resident" as if he took a survey and determined that only person had that thought or he was in a group and only one spoke up. Referring to WWI as "the Great War" five times added nothing to the book as well "lad" nine times or "residents" 66 times.
If this If it had been any other subject, I would not have gotten past the first few minutes of this book. The narrator seemed to think that he was reading for a commercial with way too much emphasis on the end of sentences or short passages. And, then when he pronounced "te-LEG-grapher" "te-LOG-grapher" repeatedly I was ready to scream.
Just about anybody
None, but I would have edited the book to get rid of the cliches and verboseness.
The space for the review of the book is hugely too long. I thought there was nothing below it.
I grew up in the fifties and sixties so I followed the 67 war as it happened. This book covered it well and was well written.
I could feel the tension, fear, and wariness as it happened in the story.
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