This book turned out to be so much better than I thought. Not only is it well-written, well-researched, and fair, but its well-narrated as an audiobook. I was interested in the subject matter, but after the first part, this book opens up into a history of Mussolini, Hitler, and Fascism in Europe. This, I found an added bonus and enjoyed learning about.
I've listened to this audiobook literally 50 times since I first bought it. The story, itself, is already amazing but they did a superb job on the audio. This book will show you what its like to be a real man instead of someone with a faux hawk who walks around a mall text-messaging and trying to hook up with cougar moms all day. Every boy should be forced to read this at age 21 and when he's done, should be punched in the face.
I'm not going to ruin your journey into this book by telling you everything about it. It is better to venture in, the way that I did, by knowing nothing more than the author's name and the bird on the cover. This novel succeeded on so many levels for me. Having grown up in the DC area punk scene, I was impressed with the authenticity of certain indie and punk rock references in the book. One would not expect such from an Oprah book. To me, the writing here is absolutely flawless. It took a few hours for me to really get interested, but then the book just blossomed for me. Also, this is absolutely the best narration of any book ever. I would estimate that I'll probably read this book at least ten or more times in my lifetime. It was that well-wrriten.
I almost didn't buy this because the sample on here sounded a little shoddy. However, I am glad I bought it and would say the actual audio is superb. I enjoyed the narrator and the content of this book stunned me at every turn. It is a great book for anyone who has struggled through depression and asked themselves, 'is the answer to my problems in a pill, or in channeling my pain into something more powerful and meaningful'? It is for anyone who likes Lincoln and to learn about History. One of the best audio's I've ever listened to. I'm buying 5 in print editions for friends this Christmas.
First off, the narrator is amazing. Especially for the subject matter of this book. Secondly, I enjoyed that the beginning of this book details a brief history of how man first started to hunt and gather and form tribes. I thought it was a good book and the only detractors were when the author paused to argue that some people believe differently than the view he was expressing. I understand this for the scholary who he probably felt would test his work, but for the layman reader I just wanted to hear the account straight-up, with no intrusion. Still a good book. Very detailed.
When you see 'Volume 1,' the first thing you ask yourself, am I really going to go the distance with this book and surrender how many 48+ hours it will take to complete all volumes? I've had hit or miss experiences with other civil war books and was pulled right into this one. For me, this is the one to have. Narration is perfect. Someone on here gave it a 1 star and said its from a northern point of view. I felt it was impartial. I give it 5 stars because I learned very much and the narration was top notch.
Oprah said to like this, so some people are going to like it already before they open the book. I am giving it three stars, because it has a very personal feel to the narration. I am not going to say this is a bad book, only that it was not for me. A few hours into it, I had to ask myself really why was I going to waste another few hours learning about an actor that will be forgotten in 20 years instead of reading about someone who made a bigger impact on history. Nothing against Portier, but two or three hours into it that's why I gave up. Almost anyone can sit back and tell you about their life, but I felt there were better stories out there. that's all. This is not a bad book.
I don't think that many people I know would like this book, however it appeals to me as I attempt to tackle as much of the civil war understanding as I can. This book put me into the mindset of the men in action and shows the strategies they forged and the times they feared and hated the yankees. Their hope... such as when Stonewall constantly sent money back home for his wife to buy confederate bonds. This was a great way for me to learn enough about Stonewall to attempt other civil war books. I felt the narration was very good.
There's always a caveat to audiobooks or books like this. They will enrich your knowledge so much, but are so voluminous that you must commit weeks or months to completing them. I did not know much about Alexander Hamilton before reading this, other than a vague sense that he was one of those white dudes who founded the country. This audio book blew me away with knowledge about all the struggles he and George and others went through to get this country started on the right foot and keep it there as long as they lived. Truly remarkable. I feel like if every American read this, maybe we wouldn't squabble so much over petty things and understand truly what a remarkable country this is and how tumultuous was its birth.
Started into this very intrigued, but started to lose interest because I thought it was going to etch forward about WWII and contrast against stock movement every twenty minutes for the entire book. In the beginning it felt that way, but then went into overdrive with WWII information and was more sparing with the stock info. I went into the book wanting to know about the markets, but the WWII info was so gripping I wanted to know more about that. The book delivered and I was very pleased with how it was all put together. I am glad there was much more WWII than stock market info because otherwise you'd feel like the facts were there just to prove the initial thesis- that markets gauge people's sentiment, hope, and lack of hope during a war.
Audible doesn't carry Grapes of Wrath at this point, but this book is a lesser-known, not as epic story of depression-era people living on a farm in Georgia. I thought the narration was great and it makes for a great short book. It lacked the seriousness of grapes of wrath, but was enjoyable not as a deep life-changing novel. I liked it.
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