A book that will entertain not only those who are fans of the great game of golf but of American history in the early 20th century.
To say this book is a fabulous read and while rated it 5 stars across the board, it still does not seem to give it due credit. I truly felt as if I were taken back in time and was drawn into story that chronicled the amazing life of Bobby Jones and the early history of golf in America.
Truly an amazing read and Grover Gardner does an phenomenal job as always in bringing the story to life. You will not be disappointed.
It took me a while to catch on to the flow of the book and the writers style but once I got there this book turned into a fun little romp.
Quite a few reviews have compared it to Hitchhikers and I would agree they are not too far off base there. Some of the premises and side information bits in the book are very much like Hitchhikers but this book has a few more adult themes and action in it so watch that for the younger crowd.
Not really a spoiler since this is near the beginning of the book, but any story that starts with explaining how smell is the primary language of an alien species and then weaves in human farts......I'll stop right there and let you figure out the rest.
If you have enjoyed the Langdon series so far this is a nice addition to the series. It does not have the enjoyment or thrill of the first two but I think this was because while the story is good, the template has become a bit too similar.
The history and lore of Dante is rich and deep and as usual with a Langdon series book I found myself stopping and firing up Google to learn more about what I just read. For me this is part of the enjoyment of why I like the Langdon series and for me is a good template. While some fiction and interpretation is always present there is enough factual information weaved into the story to make things enjoyable.
This is a science book and while written to appeal to a mass audience, even with my science background I had to stop and think about some of the conclusions and facts proposed during the read. In a good way though. It made me think and try to recollect my chemistry and physics courses from old.
The book is broken down into sections around a handful of elements usually related in various fashions and this reads quite well. If you are a science geek you will most definitely like this book. Enjoy
Not to give too much away, suffice it to say this story is probably going to expose some interesting facts about US and international history and politics surrounding WWI not often heard in the US history books.
The book is pretty fast paced and there are many, many characters to follow and keep track of in this tale of espionage and intrigue. I had to stop and replay more than a few times when my attention strayed.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Cliche, but oh so appropriate for this tale.
Considering the international upheaval caused by the German nation in WWI and WWII, the brilliance of this nations scientists, acting in many cases above and beyond the politics, is amazing.
I was enthralled at the science and human accomplishments achieved despite the events going on around them. We owe so much.
This was a decent action thriller with some nice twists and turns that keeps one listening and the pages (so to speak) turning. I found the science and engineering intriguing and believable. While listening I would find myself researching some of the principles and facts to verify and understand them better.
Character development was fairly deep and was a major part of the book as it lends to the plots and action of the book.
Scott Bricks narration is unique if you have not listened to a book narrated by him before. His intonation is very particular and could turn some people off. Listen to the sample to see if you fall into this category.
This book did not have near as much action in it as the first one but was still a good read if you are invested in the series. You learn more about the different races, their history and how it affects the interaction of the races that was left a little lacking from the first novel.
Nick Sullivan's narration, as the first, was top notch.
I enjoyed the scholarly view of some of my favorite works by Prof. Drout. I had not listened to a scholar book of this nature before and did not know what to expect but he delivered quite nicely. He takes us from early mythology up through Tolkien and into the modern age of fantasy writers and stories. I only wish it had been a little longer and with a bit more detail in spots.
That being said I do plan on reading Drout's Science Fiction companion to this book, From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature.
Prof Drout was a bit hard to listen to in the beginning but once I caught on to his cadence it made things a bit easier to follow. Listen to the example, some people might be put off just a bit by this.
I can't say enough about how I quickly and absolutely I was drawn into this book. I was a little skeptical of a documentary book of this size but those doubts were quickly dissipated.
The amount of reference material that William Shirer must have gone through to finish this book is mind boggling. I was completely captivated by the story and the level of detail. I've tried to watch a few documentaries after having listened to this book and cannot finish them. They pale in comparison compared to the level of information this book delivers.
I thought Grover Gardner did a very good job with the narration and really helped make the plots, subplots, and stories come alive.
If you are looking for more than your average documentary about one of the largest pivotal events in the 20th century this book is for you. You will find yourself being reminded many times that, "Truth is stranger than fiction"
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