Where Master and Commander was riveting at times, Post Captain slides to more of a soap opera ramble that often becomes very tedious. Had the first book in the Aubrey/Martin series been like this one, I wouldn't have bought the second.
This is a book for those who deal with the psychology of people who have problems which are far form ordinary. Some of his conclusions will be argued about by psychologist for a long time.
For the most part, the book was boring and tedious. It just did not appeal to my interest.
Basically, the book had a good plot, with a number of subplots to give a greater understanding of the characters.
This was the first time that I listened to Ralph Cosham, and thought his performance to be good.
I am one who believes a story can be good without foul language. This is one of those, that would have been so much better without it. It was a few chapters into the book before one of the characters (I believe it was one of the police) who first used the foulest of language, and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary, especially since the plot was moving along so well without it.
It almost seemed that the author added the bad language, to impress a certain clientele, rather than to add to the story. Unfortunate.
No one would think this story would be possible in real life, if it was in the fiction section. Unimaginable, that anyone could survive the kind of horrors experienced by these prisoners of war. A great book on courage, patriotism, and patriotism.
Edward Herrmann, my favorite narrator, again does a masterful job on this book. He is the best I have heard on reading non-fiction books.
Hillandbrand chose a great subject of American heroism, and did a thorough job with it. She made the story come alive.
After listening to both the Master and Commander series and the Sharpe series, it was refreshing to hear one by an author who did see the need for excessive cursing to get his story across. This is a good start to the series, and am looking forward to more of the same.
Most of the story simply describes in detail the sexual relationship of the two main characters, followed by their misunderstandings of each other. The book is dull and slow moving.
Since this was my first time to listen to one of her books, (and I did so because it was on sale) I doubt I would listen to another.
It would be hard to detract from such a tedious book. The narrator's challenge would have been to have a greater variety in showing some kind of enthusiasm, in making the characters live to the listener.
This is a great book for teaching American History and capitalism's principles. It is made even more enjoyable because it includes Rush, a man we know, and is read by him. Obviously, this would be the one man who would read it according to the way the author was thinking when he wrote it.
In a couple of sections, there were certain questions asked of one of the characters about what he had learned, and with each one, the answer was clear in my mind before the response.
I believe this book would rank in the top 25 of the audiobooks I have listened to. It is classic L'amour with a few twists.
D'arcy did a very commendable job at making the characters come to life. He did a good job with the entire presentation.
Being a fan of L'Amour, and having listened most of his books, I am a little prejudiced. This is another good book of his. The common trait in all of his books is that his hero, is uncommonly good at fighting, and are rugged with a sense of right and wrong. He carries the hero here to such an extraordinary height experiences, knowledge, and famous acquaintances, you wonder how any man could have attained all of that at such a young age. But the story is still good.
It seems like Cornwell's works get progressively more vulgar and blasphemous. The Religious slurs and filthy language may be part of most soldiers' lives, but all of it does not have to be expressed. I found it very distracting from the story. The story would be improved greatly by just toning it down.
Debatable. There were some new challenges for Sharpe that were unique (like finding the draining by the cellar of a building to escape. But the abundance of the vulgarity, almost had me turning it off for good, and saying good-bye to Mr. Sharpe.
I could not recommend this book to a friend, in light of the increased cursing and blasphemies of Christ in the book. It seems each book in the series thus far has a goal of getting worse in language than the previous one. This was totally unnecessary. The story line itself was good, and the narration was excellent, but the enjoyment was totally abated by the worse language.
Great Western Adventure
Petkoff did a masterful job with his performance. He nailed each of the characters, and kept the book flowing and the characters easy to follow.
I have listened to all four of L'Amour's "Hopalong" books, and enjoyed them greatly. I know L'Amour was not real proud of them, even denying writing them up to his death. But these are good classic western books.
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