I would have put things more in chronological order.
I believe he started with a wrong premise. Truly 1775 was important leading up to 1776, but so was 1774, and 1773, etc. He is trying to prove a point that isn't an issue. As a result he continually uses events from many years before 1776 and from different socialogical angles.
To me, history is always interesting in itself. However, so much of it is left up to the interpreter. When it comes to figuring out what part of 1775 was religion the main motivator, or economic factors, etc. the conclusions are solely in the hand of the story teller.
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.
Creative - Action - Good
In doing the Master and Commander series, I thought Tull was very tedious, dull, and boring. I thought Simon Vance was far better. Needless to say I was disappointed that I couldn't find this book narrated by someone else. However, Tull did a very commendable job with this one. Apart from the few times when he was difficult to understand, this was a good narration.
L'Amour actually threw in some real twists in this book. Even a key 'bad guy' was drilled by someone other than the star.
Singer did a good job in maintaining the different Characters with clear differences in his voice and presentation. He made the book more enjoyable.
As with some earlier L'Amour books (like The Walking Drum) he would get bogged down in too much details about things that the average reader would know nothing about, and really doesn't care about. There are times when it seems like he is just trying to let you know that he knew a lot. But even with that, this is a good read.
For any friends who love westerns, this is another quality job by L'amour. His style is still somewhat different, since it is a continuation of another's 'Hopalong' series, but still a great read.
I would compare this favorably with any of the 4 Hopalong books he wrote.
As is normally the case with LAmour, this is a very entertaining book.
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