Medford, MA, United States | Member Since 2007
Rich folks suck.
Hochschild "Burying the Chains" is about the struggle to end slavery in the nineteenth century. One can't understand the two world wars without understanding that less than a century earlier, three-quarters of the world's population lived in some form of slavery, serfdom or indentured servitude.
Rich folks suck.
OK...not *all* rich folks suck. First book I've read about this era and this war that recognizes class consciousness. It's a great book to read for "Downton Abbey" fans...which I am.
Time listening was not particularly well spent. There are lots of better books to listen to...and it's LONG.
His performance is the primary reason I finished the bloated story.
No...but he wrote one anyway. I began listening to it...and dumped it after a couple hours...I found myself rooting for the plague in his sequel...
My suggestion is to read Bernard Cornwell's stories that are set in the same historical time period and place...much better written and the performances are quite good.
If Ken Follett was a better writer and story teller.
I read the first part of this "epic" story which was ok because it was read by the GREAT John Lee...I chose not to plow through this one...Even with Lee's great rendering...it is soporific...wouldn't have cared if all the characters died of plague after the first couple of listening hours.
I'd recommend it anyone who has enjoyed reading "Wolf Hall" or enjoyed listening to Simon Slater's rendering of Part 1. It seems about half as long.
The character of Thomas Cromwell...brilliant and badass...
The dialogue has an additional dimension...and the story requires a superior reader...which Vance is...as was Simon Slater in Wolf Hall.
Yes...a number of laughs at the wit of Mantel's channeling of Cromwell.
I don't know why Simon Slater wasn't chosen to read...since his rendering of Wolf Hall was one of the greatest performances I've heard but Vance does a very good job of it...and the Cromwell voice choices he makes echo Slater's in the earlier book. Hilary Mantel is a superb writer...a witty and brilliant vision of how things may have been in a very mean and ruthless time period. I enjoyed seeing the fall of several of Cromwell's (and Woolsley's) enemies.
Yes...this was third time reading and first listening. Great story...a novella...and fresh every time.
The breathless narrative by a first person storyteller.
The opening scene. Story told in first person brings you right into the forest watching the other characters in medieval England. Economically told. Cinematic.
A short novel that manages to have you engaged with several characters as they dance on the edge of danger's cliff while unraveling a mystery.
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