I am more a fan or European history, but this was a fantastic book by Philbrick and perfect narrator George Guidall.This battle is not told in school, so books are the only real method to learn about the story. The author left the end of Custer up to evidence found by other survivors. Well read well written and I recommend for anyone interested in history, or war. Enjoy.
I believe this is one of Dickens best novels. I think Dickens is better heard than read as accents play such a large role in the interpretation. Wackford Squeers and Browdie are from Yorkshire and their accents play a big role in the character. Alex Jennings did an excellent job as narrator and I would seek him out in the future. If you are looking for a film to compliment the book then the 1977 mini series with Nigel Havers in the lead role is an excellent rendition of the book as it follow the book perfectly.
This book is ten years of terrorist information pack in a 384 page book, so it moves along quickly. I read Holy War Inc., so I thought I would give this a listen. Who doesn't like a good manhunt anyway. The author looks to lean left, which is ok as President Obama and CIA made a decision to go without seeing UBL at the compound. The author says the POTUS deserved the Noble Peace prize for his extraordinary efforts. Really (extraordinary)Bergin?
All in all a good book and praise to the Seals, CIA, and administration for the successful mission. The US government was not looking anywhere else for UBL at this time. They had no other leads at all after Tora Bora. No plan B, no other site. So it was all or nothing in Abbottabad.
Seldom do you see a person who becomes a celebrity through their heroic efforts, and doesn't want to be known or recognized for it. He essentially help create the kingdom of Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabian among others. He disliked the notoriety of being known as Lawrence of Arabia, and he didn't want to be paid for his book 7 Pillars of Wisdom, just to really break even. He died too young and too poor. How many men do you know of who changed the world and didn't want to be paid a fortune, achieve political gain, or even at least have a trophy wife. He didn't smoke or drink, mostly a vegetarian, and even though he portrayed depression and maybe PTSD he never complained, he just kept living and contributed to life mainly for others.
A brave man of integrity, courage, and exceptional intelligence. He had some strange habits and was eccentric, but all in all an exceptional man. The narration was terrific, and I would seek out the author and narrator again.
It is a good telling of the Okinawa conflict, but lacks drama. The narrator was clear and audible, but lacked drama of a major battle. Over 100,000 Japanese soldiers died in this battle and I believe that many or more civilians, but I didn't walk away feeling the major loss of life. The book does include Japanese events and soldiers accounts, but again if you lost so many in several weeks then where is the pain, shame and suffering? The American GI's were gung ho young soldiers. Most were "tail end Charlie's" who wanted to get into the war before it was over. A tribute to that generation who were very willing to defend their country and contribute their lives to the war. I don't see that in the current generation.
If you want to learn general knowledge of battle and terms and details of which I was not aware of then it is a good quick read. Such as the Yamata was the largest battleship in the Pacific, or the use of oka's with the kamikaze pilots.
I read most of the stories as a boy, and now have heard Volume 1 and 2. If you like Arthur Conan Doyle then you will love this version with the excellent narration by Griffin. It is tough for a man to speak for the woman, but there are not many female parts. That maybe the only negative in my view. Others provided the list that is included with this version, and there are lots of crimes and non-crimes to solve in volume 2.
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite audible books, and I have heard over 30 books so far. Each of these stories is about 50 minutes of less which is perfect for my commute. I listened to the same story twice as I try to solve the crime like Holmes. I am sure you will enjoy.
Other reviewers talk about the narration and I agree the dual narration is the key to this book as there are many female parts and a male only would hurt the story. There are several Esther Summerson narrations in the book and in my opinion can only be done with a female voice. This is a character driven novel galore with Tulkinghorn, Mr. Guppy, Skimpole, Mr Snagsby, Smallweed, I don't know nothing Jo, It is a classic like Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. I saw the two BBC TV series on Bleak House, but the 1985 follows the book more.
If you are a Dickens fan then this book will not disappoint. Bleak House was anything else but beak to me.
I got this abridged version as it was narrated by Le Carre. I liked the story as I am interested in spy novels, and I have read Le Carre in the past. The narration was difficult in parts as Le Carre spoke softly for Harry Pendel, and I had to turn up the volume to get it. Also it is difficult for a man to do a female voice and a spanish accent even more difficult, so the female parts were lost a bit in the narration.
If you are looking for a short spy caper then this would be a good one.
I didn't like the first one, which was Doyles first but after that this book was fantastic. I had to listen to each episode before stopping the car. This included the Sign of Four which I bought separately but it is included in the compete. I prefer this version of the Sign of Four. I read most of Conan Doyles-Sherlock Holmes when I was a teenager and became a great fan then. This was to me a very good narration and fantastic telling of Sir Arthurs work. I found myself trying to solve the mystery before Holmes but only got close on the last the Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Sgt. Windolph was a German Immigrant who left Germany to avoid another European conflict, and ends up in the army as their were no other jobs in the US. I had recently read "The Last Stand" which was excellent and this is a great addition as Windolph was with Benteen and Reno's groups. This is a great account of those days in June, and it adds others as the interview with Windolph is only part of this book. He even goes over the period as they went to see the remains of Custers last stand as there were no immigrant survivors in Custers battle.
The UCI refers to this book in part for stripping Armstrong of his titles. Sounds like Armstrong was a general and a great manager though. You would have to be to win 7 titles. I also feel Hamilton and Armstrong were right to dope as all others on the Tours were doping. It's not cheating as they were all using EOP, blood transfusions etc. It seems like Hamilton can't let Lance Armstrong or doping go as he refers to Lance constantly, but to me they are all guilty including Cantador, and other recent winners the past ten years. I had a problem with the narration although it is good and I do recommend the book, but there were too many pauses. Such as "then I crashed" (pause), or there was a knock at the door (pause). It does create drama, but there were too many and it irritated me after a while.
All in all though, if you like sports, biking, International intrigue then this is a great read.
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