My curiousity in learning more about the character of the man I had only ever known of as a great confederate general is solved. I am literally in awe of the man's integrity and character in accepting Civil War defeat and then striving to do what he can to help heal a nation and bring order to where there was strife. I enjoyed the book for telling about Lee's life following his surrender at Appomatex until his death five years later in Lexington, VA.
I didn't find the story all that interesting. I didn't stay with the story until to very end. Had to give up on it and move onto another book.
I found it personally amazing at how I found the book enjoyable. I am an engineer and numbers and science come easy for me to understand, so maybe that has something to do with it. I had just finished reading "Einstein" so my mind was insync with the story of this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of how early thinkers went about proving their theories of the cosmos and heavens. I learned that my falling into a "black hole" would not involved my being compressed to death but rather it would involve my being pulled apart or disassembled atom by atom (or was it molecule by molecule). I have been enriched by this piece of knowledge and will find some way to use it in future conversations with my friends. I recommend the book.
Nothing about the story line interested me. The story seemed to go nowhere.
Manhunt is an excellent book; the best that I have read from audible so far. I was raised and had worked in the Washington DC area and lived Charles County Maryland where all of the action and events took place. I knew the story of Lincoln's assassination and Booth's escape from what I had been taught in school and seen in many TV presentations over the years, but there were many things I had never known that I found interesting to know. I had always believed Booth died in a barn fire; he did not. I had always thought Booth died in Maryland following getting his broken leg set by Dr. Mudd in Charles County; he did not. Relearning about Secretary of War Stanton's taking charge following Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, makes me recall a similar attempt by Secretary of State Haig to take charge following President Reagan's attempted assassination. I had always believed Dr. Mudd had spent many years sentenced to Devil Island for his participation in the Lincoln assassination; he did not. Richard Thomas gives a marvelously read narration delivered, I felt, in such a masterful way as to be more of an audio performance. He is very good.
Although much is said about whether the story is a true memoir or not, I still loved the story and the way it was presented, written or read.
I learned what I believe to be is a lot about Islam that I didn't know. But the narration was poorly produced. I could often tell where splices were made in the narration and there were background noises at times. At three points in the narration, I found a sentence was repeated. The book was sufficient to satisfy my current curiosity of what Islam is all about.
I could write a long descriptive accolade about this book because I really liked it a lot. I was worried that I would tire of a long 13-hour reading but I was duly surprised. The narration was marvelous with just the right voice inflections to hold me to the story. The story line was artfully written and kept it my interest through to its end. I highly recommend the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing book this for the meticulous and analytical way it discussed the events in the authors life. I was sort of bored with the early part of the book but I guess this early part of the book laid a foundation for the later part of the book. For as it got to the Challenger investigation, I really listened in. Being an engineer myself, I was delightfully stuck by the way Mr. Fyneman laid out his part in the Challenger investigation and the step by step order in which he presented them. I enjoyed the way the order of his thought was presented during what was an engineering evaluation of the Challenger tragedy. This made the book really interesting to me.
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