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I thought the book did a wonderful job mixing the stories of the men in the planes with the political and strategic parts of the book. This made for a well rounded story which really gave the listener a full picture of the war.
The descriptions of what took place inside the planes in the skies over Europe are absolutely riveting.
I thought that the narrator did a wonderful job. Often times the narrators for history books can be dry and, to be frank, rather dull. Mr. Dean did a magnificent job. The book flows very well and so it really felt like I was listening to someone describe the events rather than reading from a book.
I would give this book two different reviews depending on the listener. If you are a prepper, survivalist, or think the government is coming to take you guns away from you, this is the book for you. My wife asked me what the book was about. I told her it was "prepper porn". In all honesty though, if you are interested in surviving the collapse, listen to this with a pen and paper handy as it is really more of a how-to manual than a novel. The author is the king of the information dump wherein you get pages of explicitly detailed information about weapon systems, etc. Often at the expense of the story. If you are not interested in the above, then avoid this book unless you want to gain insight into people who are interested in such things.
That said, the narrator does a really, really good job. I probably would have turned it off along about hour number three had it not been for that. Instead, I listened to the whole thing. I can't say that it is a well written novel, but neither can I say that it is a bad novel. I think the author accomplished his purpose and I rather doubt that this was intended for the general public to enjoy.
I've listened to this book three times. I'm a boxing fan, of course, but Liebling is a gifted wordsmith. The prose he used to write the articles that make up this book is some of the best ever written in the English language. The narrator does an outstanding job too. I would not recommend this to someone who is not a boxing and/or sports fan though as much of it would not interest them. However, it is a must for the casual or devoted fan of the sweet science of bruising!
The authors went out of their way to put together a true look at college football; from tutors working with athletes, janitors, athletic directors, coaches, boosters, and the players themselves. I've been a lifelong football fan and so I am familiar with some of the scandals that are mentioned but they fill in the gaps left in the media coverage. The narrator does a wonderful job and the book never feels tedious. I find myself sometimes staying in my car longer so that I can finish a chapter before I go inside work or home. Not many audio books can get me to do that.
This was a really good book. My wife and I both listened to it. The narrator is top notch and the story is great as well. As a lifelong football fan, I already knew the outcome of the Jets' season, but I still found myself on the edge of my seat during the dramatic moments of the games. My favorite part was when the author got to call the defense during a preseason game and they got a pick six! Though I am a die hard member of Who Dat Nation ever since birth, I do like Rex Ryan and it was cool to get a peak at how he works. (Especially since we now have his twin brother as our Defense Coordinator in New Orleans!) I recommend this to any football fan. I don't know if it would really interest a non-fan, but certainly for the casual or full enthusiast, this book is a must!
This is a very good overview of major battles in world history. The professor's delivery is excellent. He does a good job in the first lecture at explaining his rationale for choosing the battles that he did. The lectures on the battles themselves are a perfect blend of background information, the battle, and the aftermath. I am a military history buff, so this course is right up my alley! That said, I think that anyone interested in world history would benefit from listening to it. Do it today. You won't be sorry.
As the great-great-great-grandson of immigrants who came to America during "The Great Hunger", I've always had a healthy interest in this tragic period in Irish History. This book did not disappoint. As a community college history professor, I have to admit that when I listen to non-fiction books, I hate the ones that are heavy handed with facts, figures, and dates. I prefer those with a broader narrative that weaves the "meat" of the story in with the stories of individuals. This book does not disappoint in that regard. I have to say that I listened to it once just for the story and then again for specific details. It is easy to get lost in, for sure.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in this period of Irish History. I particularly recommend it to Irish-Americans, Irish-Canadians, or Irish-Australians who's families fled Ireland during this era. It will bring you closer to your ancestors and you will get a better understanding of exactly what transpired during those tragic years.
Modern day arguments over whether or not the "Famine" was an act of genocide or not certainly have their place. However, by focusing entirely on that we lose sight of what is really important. These were human beings who endured tremendous hardships and were forced out of a land they loved. Indeed, they arrived on distant shores an unwanted people, certainly in America, but through it all they endured and then they thrived. As we approach St. Patrick's Day, let those of us who are lucky enough to be descended from these brave men and women never forget the struggles that our families went through to make for us the life that we enjoy today.
I thought this was a very good listen. Though the plot was a little bit predictable, the author did an excellent job with this book. The pacing was very fast. Listening to it sucks you in and you almost feel exhausted by the end of the book....but not in a bad way. This genre is outside of what I normally listen to and I did so with trepidation. My fears proved to be unfounded. This was a very good listening experience. I'd have no problem suggesting it to others.
I thought the book was very well written and also very well narrated. Listening to non-fiction audiobooks can be tricky at times because a good narrator can make a dull book better, but the opposite is also true. I thought this book did a good job blending the narration with the text. Overall I think this book gave a good overview of the Gettysburg Campaign. There really isn't a whole lot of "new" material out there on the battle, so writing a campaign study normally consists of rehashing a lot of previously heard stories. However, the author made this book seem fresh and offered some new analysis and conclusions. The narrator did a good job as well and made the listening experience a good one.
Julie was my favorite character. The first part of the book seemed to flow a lot better when "she" was narrating.
The different accents were great. She went from Scottish to English (with an American one thrown in as well!)
The plot seemed a little bit predictable, but the narration and story line were still very good and even though part of me knew how it was going to end, I still found myself listening intently.
Absolutely. The pacing of the narrative was very good. Writing a book about World War 2 is a difficult undertaking due to the sheer scope of the project. I think this one did an outstanding job in giving the reader (okay, listener) a good overview of the war.
The use of frequent quotations by participants in the events described made the book feel more human.
This may sound strange, but when I listen to a World War 2 book, I prefer the reader to have an English accent for some reason. Mr. Cosham did a wonderful job with the narration.
By allowing the participants of these events to speak for themselves, the book provoked a range of emotion from laughter to tears.
I recommend this to anyone interested in the Second World War be they a newcomer to the subject or a veteran reader. I have a BA and an MA in History and I teach at a local community college. I've spend a large portion of my life reading and studying World War 2. I would rank this book among some of the best that I have ever come across. Max Hastings is one of the best WW2 historians out there.
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