I was not a Hemingway fan, but wanted to listen to one of his books. I chose this one because it was medium in length (compared to others). It is one of the audio books that you find yourself listening to any time you can. It's a terrific story, extremely well narrated and the story is not so obvious that you know what's about to happen next. This was so well done I decided to get For whom the bell tolls to continue exploring Hemingway. You will enjoy this book.
The story itself and the narrator
When Lee's Army surrendered, I cheered! I was so sad by the part when Grant learns about the death of Lincoln. Recently saw the movie Lincoln, tied back to Grant's autobiography nicely.
Simply, "US Grant"
It's long, no doubt. It never got boring to me and it's amazing to listen to Grant writing in the first person about things that happened 150 years ago.
Yes, great survival lessons embedded in the story.
One second after. A reviewer of that book suggested this one instead. Thanks!
character voices and pronunciations.
If you read this book and were told it was written ion 2012/2013, you would not flinch. In fact it was written n the 1950's, yet it was not dated in its story. Great points about use of cash, material items and finally food as the ultimate currency. Likely true throughout time.
The honesty expressed about what really happens at GS and how the culture changed as the economy got worse was brutally clear.
When he sat down at his desk to collect his things and leave. It must have been a powerful moment for him and yet he never seemed to waiver in his conviction.
As the narrator he was able to use voice inflection and his personal tone to bring the story to life. I have known several South Africans but his accent on some words was really funny.
As a former management intern I appreciated the struggle to get a full-time position and also the cutthroat behavior of many Ivy League candidates.
It should be mandatory reading for CEOs and interns alike of those who wish to maintain a culture that is somewhat "old fashioned" in the way that it treats its customers. Here I mean "old fashioned" in a positive context. One where the client is not ever a muppet, lol!
this is too much work.
really, am I in 6th grade?
Didn't hear any national security secrets but the lawyer said do not shoot him if unarmed and he doesn't fight. He was unarmed and didn't fight but yet was killed. He deserved death for all he did but the author never addressed the discrepancy.
Follet is such a great writer. This book is wonderful and educational. I love the narrator he is terrific! If you liked pillars of the earth and enjoy US history this is for you.
Churchill does it again in book 2. I'd like to hear a German's, view but he seems to present a fairly balanced account, giving praise where appropriate and acknowledging failures, as well. I never really thought much about Churchill before reading these books, but I am now infatuated with him. He's one of the top 10 people in history I wish I could meet. His strategy and tactics with the Battle of Britain may have saved the country and democracy for the world.
I found this by accident and boy am I glad I did. This is such a deep and well written book. The narrator is terrific. Churchill goes into all the backdealing and intrigue that led up to what he called the Unnecessary War. I will get the other books next.
This could be the best book of the three. Action packed, wonderful ending, and exciting action. I am curious how the movie will compare. Really great series!
This book is a "tweener" as it has to bridge 1 and 3 and does so well. The author is so good at character development and consistently keeps characters in their "character." This book is definitely worth listening to as a follow-up to book 1, but it is not quite as good. Listen to it anyway!
This book is really a pro-Britain history of how they did everything. Americans are credited with little and even the French get credit for winning our revolution, "the French victory at Yorktown." The narrator was the GEICO gecko. It's OK, a 3 of 5 but did not hold up to my expectations.
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