I have read several of Stephen Ambrose books and I would say this is the worst. There was no drama, I only listened on to hear some great tale. They flew they dropped their bombs and some returned, that sums it up. It was nice to hear about the Tuskeegee airman supplying bomber support, but all in all this was dry.
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.
I only knew a little of the Admiral Captain Morgan, but Morgan was the right man to manage the unruly pirates, or privateers as they thought of themselves. They even had positive names for there ships, Endeavor, and Satisfaction. The pirates had all the advantages, surprise, sanctioned by England, and they got all the loot. While the Spanish were inexperienced and underpaid.
If you like history, and to get a true version of pirates (not Hollywoods) then this is a great book for you. I read it quickly, and I will seek out the narrator in the future.
Not sure why the title is Dreams of his father, as I am sure any mother would wish great success for their child. President Obama showed love for his mother, and his grandparents as they really raised him. His father abandoned the family, and Obama saw him for the first the at age ten. He had a tough time in Indonesia as well. It looks to me the influence of Frank Davis who is a communist. Is Obama a communist? Not sure we know the real Obama just yet. He is certainly an leftist idealogue
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 like Forsyth very much and found this to be very good. I preferred the Jackal and Odessa File more, but I was not disappointed
Very informative, but could have been more informative. Yet for an 8 hour read or short book it tells a lot about post WW I central Europe. It must have been an extremely difficult time for Germans, Austrians and Hungarians. If this situation occurrs again in Europe or the US, which as we know history repeats then the duration and outcome will be much more dramatic. The daily massive inflation, hunger and unemployment these people endured, I feel a similar situation in the US would incurr civil unrest the world has never seen. Revolutionary like.....Russia? or Fascism?
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