Although I am not an expert on the plight of veterans I do follow the news and the impact of the service on their lives. As a result, I do not feel I learned a lot. Having said that I will never think of the phrase "Thank you for your service" in the same light again.
David Finkel is a skilled writer. I would have enjoyed more information about where we were headed to keep things in context.
This is my first Arthur Bishop narration. He is excellent. Not among the best but really good.
No, I don't think a follow up book is needed. The press does a good job of covering this issue.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Before listening to this audiobook I knew only the broad outline of the Dreyfus Affair. The twists and turns are amazing and exciting. It is sometimes hard to believe this all really happened. Robert Harris's writing is superb and thoroughly researched. The book has a lot of detail which added to my enjoyment. While listening I felt I was actually in France.
I enjoyed learning about an important chapter of French history and the intrigue of the story. The ending is amazing and left me wanting more, despite the length of the audiobook. I had a hard time taking breaks.
This is the first time I have listened one of David Rintoul's performances but it won't be my last. He is an amazing narrator -- among the best I have heard. His intonation and pronunciation are perfect.
High Intrigue in France
I have read some negative reviews here and I must say I don't agree. I recommend this audiobook highly.
I would only recommend this to a friend well grounded in physics.
I would have explained the significance of Einstein's accomplishments in simpler terms.
It was good but uninspired. i had no trouble following his narration but it did not draw me in.
No, what's here is already too technical in my opinion.
I enjoyed learning about Einstein's human side but I think there are better books for this.
I learned about the science and finance of sport and gained a new appreciation.
Probably not. He got more technical than I wanted. I am a casual reader on this topic.
I can't name anyone but someone who can imitate people much better than David Epstein. I also felt Epstein spoke to quickly.
No, way too technical.
Epstein is brilliant. I think he needs to consider who his audience is more than he did. Or maybe I am just not his audience. I am not sure but it is one or the other.
The narration and the dry sense of humor of the author.
The humor and learning about English royalty.
This is pretty much par for the course, which I think is quite good. The books are fun and a nice diversion.
Royalty moonlights as detective.
I listen to a Royal Spyness Mystery to relax and to laugh. I am always sorry when they end.
I liked Secretary Gates's description of internal deliberations with the Bush and Obama Administrations. However, he was very reserved about his assessments of the various Generals and Admirals with whom he worked. It sounded scripted. He is candid about his assessments of Harry Ried and Joe Biden. There wasn't much on overall US military strategy worldwide. I appreciate that Secretary Gates cares about US troops but he didn't need to say it thirty or more times.
This is my first book by Robert Gates.
The narration was very good but a little stilted. The interview between the producer and Gates really sounded scripted. The questions posed were easy ones. I did not get much from that interview that wasn't in the book.
I don't think this would be a good movie or TV series. It is a personal memoir.
I am glad I listened to it but wish Gates had edited his work more. I was also glad when it was over.
Although I learned about the Aleppo Codex I really didn't learn what happened to it. Along the way the author discusses his dead ends at great length. To me this is like reading a mystery without finding out who committed the crime. If I had to do it over again I would not listen to it.
The author feels the need to recount almost all his efforts. My interest is limited to those that bore fruit.
The author makes a strong argument that the official Israeli story of what happened to the missing pages of the Aleppo Codex is not the full story. Beyond that there is nothing but supposition.
A follow-up book is warranted only if significant new information comes to light.
I felt the narration was quite good.
I wanted to learn more about Twitter and I accomplished that. There is less to know than I imagined. I heard a lot about internal rivalries that weren't very interesting to me.
Just how small and vulnerable Twitter really was and maybe still is. The pettiness between the founders seemed childish and uninteresting.
Daniel May has a good deep voice and his inflections were just right.
I would say marginally so. The book isn't nearly as interesting as the inside story of Amazon, Apple or Google.
The book made me think less of Twitter as a company and I expect to now spend less time on Twitter.
To me the whole story seemed contrived and unrealistic. I felt as though this was mystery by the numbers. This wasn't my cup of tea but someone else might like it.
No, I like mysteries but this one just wasn't for me. I did learn things about Japanese culture, which I appreciate.
The narrator has a nice voice but to me came across as flat and uninspired. Competent work though.
I felt all the characters lacked depth. Rather than cut a character I would like to have seen the main characters developed more fully -- what motivates them at a deep level?
I learned a lot about the history of the State of Israel and where the country is now from someone in his late 50s who has witnessed a lot and researched many aspects of Israel he did not personally experience.
Although Mr. Shavit candidly discusses Israel's shortcomings it is clear throughout the book that he loves Israel and wants it succeed - as do I. Although I understand Israel better than I did before I listened to the audiobook, the path forward for Israel remains foggy and hard to see. This is not the fault of the author, but it does in my opinion argue for a shorter, more tightly written book. Some of the book sounds like stream of consciousness.
The narrator has an accent similar to the accent of the author. I feel the accent made the audiobook harder to enjoy. I know the author is Israeli and don't need to reminded of that with every word narrated.
The book is too long to listen to all in one setting. The book is also in my opinion significantly longer than necessary. The book would have benefited from a good editor. For example, the discussion about the Tel Aviv night club is much longer than necessary. Yes, there is a lesson there but the club is one venue in a city with many night spots.
I am glad I listened to the book. It combines a love of Israel along with a rare and candid overview of the country's weaknesses.
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