I read this book long ago, but to rean and hear it is even better. The narration to me made these adventurers trials and tribulations come to life. These were men of great courage and resolve with nary a dissenter in the ranks. Their positive attitude even in the most dire situation is an example to today's negative viewpoint on life. Many can learn and see how others conquer adversity in the one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Witness to Roswell is just that, they did their research and interviewed witnesses, and tried to interview many, who wouldn't talk. The big point the book makes is if this incident was just a weather balloon then why threaten witnesses with loss of pension, prison and even death. Clearly the government was trying to keep thing under wraps. It you are a skeptic then this book should change your mind or give you more understanding. The narration was perfect in my view as he sounded like a radio broadcaster of that era.
This was an informative book on the inside workings of Hitler from the 30's until Hitlers end as Linge lit the match after Hitlers suicide. It is not about war strategy or Hitlers global plans, but more about the top Nazi's interaction with Hitler and one another. He indicated that Hitler likely knew Hess planned to go to England, and likely consented. The meetings between Himmler and Hitler were only between them thus hiding the genocide from as many as possible. He provides details of Bormann, Goebbels, Speer, Himmler, Goring and Ava Braun.
This is a gem of a novel and in my opinion one of Dickens top 5 novels. For those who enjoy Dickens it has it has all the classic characters from a evil school master Mrs. Pipchin, to a underhanded business manager Mr. Carker who Dombey trusts. A maligned daughter Florence and a second wife Edith who stands up for herself. Although it is Dombey and Son it is more about the women who make up the main characters who stand up to Dombey, or aid him. I recommend this especially for women. The narration is also terrific by Timson. I would look for his work in the future.
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.
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