It has taken me years to get around to this book. I actually quite enjoyed it although at 41 hours Mr Follett has made it twice as long as it needed to be. Many of the themes were repetitious and similar life stories seemed to apply to quite a few of the characters. I have always liked John Lee as a narrator. He saved the book for me.
I read and listen to quite a lot of books. I usually don't write reviews. I feel compelled to do so here, This book is fantastic. The narration is superb, The book is only short but the story and the writing are memorable. I don't always like Ian McEwan. He can be pretentious and put out stuff that relies on reputation. This is different. This will help cement his reputation. There will have to be a special book out there if this one is headed off at Booker Prize time!!
Although it is over 20 years ago that Barry Unsworth wrote Sacred Hunger this is the belated sequel to it. To get full pleasure from this book you really need to have read/listened to Sacred Hunger. However this book develops into a great story in its own right. New characters are introduced and new story lines are developed. The narration by David Rintoul is superb. The only slightly disappointing aspect is the rather abrupt ending. Perhaps Barry U is just setting us up for a third in the series ...!!!! I hope so.
This book takes a while to get in to but if you persevere you will be rewarded with remarkable writing,great narration and a wonderful story. I nearly gave up after 3 or 4 hours listening but I am delighted now that I didn't. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
This book is magnificent. The writing of Karl Malantes and the narration by Jeff Harding combine to make this a very special experience. From the beginning to the end it is as if the listener is an adjunct member of Bravo Company in the jungles of Vietnam. The fear,the squalour,the bravery and the comradeship are all there. No punches are pulled.Whether it deals with battle, commanding officers or race relations the story and presentation is realistic and unrelenting.Of the many dozens of Audible books I have listened to this one is amongst the very best.
A very average book. I thought it was repetitive and dull. Previous books are far better.
I really enjoyed the narration of this book by Michael Jayston. I had previously downloaded the same book from Audible read by a different narrator. I couldn't finish it due to my thorough dislike of that narrators reading style. I knew there was a wonderful book hiding in there waiting to be revealed and the narration of Jayston was the revelation. I will now look forward to listening to the large number of the other Le Carre books he also narrates.
I have listened to dozens of books on Audible and this is one of the very best.If you have an interest in WWII you will thoroughly enjoy this book. While the emphasis is on Europe the Pacific War is well covered. Christian Rodska is a perfect reader for this. The battles, the horrors,the personalities and the politics are all comprehensively dealt with. A totally engrossing book that I am sure you will appreciate as much as I did.
I have already listened to all of the volumes of" The History of the English Speaking Peoples ". That was wonderful but this is better. Quite extraordinary wr
iting and wonderful narrator. I am thoroughly looking forward to the other 3 books.
I thoroughly enjoed " The Secret River " by the same author. I was disappointed by this book. Descriptively it was fine but in the end the story line is weak. I am sure someone of Kate Grenville's ability can do a lot better than this.
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