Growing up outside of Atlanta and going to college in Northwest Georgia, of course I had heard about the Great Locomotive Chase and had even seen the General on school field trips to Kennesaw, but I knew very little about the chase itself and, as I found out, what I did know was largely false or inflated by myth. This was a very thorough and entertaining story about a very small chapter in Civil War history. Russell Bonds's research was meticulous and Bronson Pinchot's narration was gripping. I have to take a moment here to apologize to Mr. Pinchot because, while I knew I wasn't going to be listening to Balki or Serge narrate this book, I was a good 10 minutes in before I realized "Hey, this is actually Bronson Pinchot!" He did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and finding the subtle humor in some of the text with timely pregnant pauses and more ironic moments pointed out with conspiratorial undertones.
As I said before, I knew very little of this story even though it happened practically right in my backyard in Georgia. As the story unfolded and the General plowed up through NW Georgia I could imagine my own drives up I-75 and thinking about all the landmarks that the General was passing and my own experiences going through that countryside. After the chase was over, I also felt the Union soldiers' pain as they were held prisoner and their anguish at losing their friends and not knowing what was going to happen to them next. Bonds' description of the Yankees eventual escape was so engrossing, I continued to listen to the book even once I got home as I do almost all of my audio book listening in the car going to and from work.
In the early part of the book, Bonds points out significant landmarks in Atlanta and Marietta which pertain to the Great Locomotive Chase. I plan to buy a copy of this book so that I have it handy on my next trip home to Atlanta so I can visit these landmarks and hopefully pick up a little bit more knowledge of this intriguing moment of Civil War history.
I thought John Grisham did an exceptional job with this "sequel" to "A Time to Kill". I listened to both books back to back because I had not read the first book in a few years and wanted to reacquaint myself with the characters. I might have been better served to re-read all the Ford County novels because Grisham brought nearly everyone back in some capacity except Carl Lee Hailey (though we do get an update on the family). This was a great story from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns and an emotionally gripping ending. Michael Beck had another stellar performance. He really has become the voice of Ford County for me. He captures many of the nuances of the Southern dialect and does an exceptional job of bringing each character their own unique qualities especially Harry Rex. I would highly recommend "Sycamore Row" to Grisham fans and newcomers alike and hope we can catch up with Jake and the gang circa 1990 soon!
Not only is the subject matter interesting and compelling, the artistry of the storytelling makes this one of the great books/audiobooks in Non-Fiction today. I could not recommend this book with any more adamant praise. Purchase it today!
It took me about 5 references to Suze Orman as SOOZE instead of Suzy, before the mispronunciation began to grate on my nerves. I am surprised that this was wasn't caught before publishing. Sadly, Ms. Orman's name does happen to come up in a book about personal finance. However, it was a great story and written well, so I would definitely recommend the written version.
I really enjoy when characters expand their beyond just their TV roles. Neal Patrick Harris did a great job portraying Barney Stinson in this book, as he has done for years on "How I Met Your Mother".
I would have to physically look at the book before doing another one of these. It was just a listing of all the plays in "The Playbook' and it got repetitive after a while.
Barney Stinson of course! NPH never broke character either, which I really enjoyed.
I usually listen in 45 minute blocks during my commute and rarely listen to audiobooks outside the car.
Again, I wish I had a chance to glance at the physical book before buying the audiobook. It was an entertaining book and NPH did a great job, but the repetitiveness of the listing of the plays got stale near the end.
Absolutely. It was a well told story that game incredible insight into the 2008 Presidential Election. This is definitely one of those times when the movie doesn't do the book justice.
The opening of the book when Hillary loses Iowa and the utter shock in the Clinton camp. That really set the stage for the rest of the book.
Boutsikaris is the Rolls Royce of audiobook narrators. My wife had purchased the audiobook and was listening to it first. I walked in and said that was Dennis Boutsikaris doing the narration and it would be a good listen. She was shocked that I knew the narrator after only listening to a couple of sentences. I'm an audiobook veteran and I've never been disappointed with a Dennis Boutsikaris performance. He tells a great story and knows exactly the mood of the story and does a great job relating it.
Very much so. It was a very informative story and I thought I knew all the back stories but I found out I knew basically nothing.
If you've only seen the HBO movie Game Change, you owe it to yourself to read the entire book. Sarah Palin's story is only about 15-20% of the whole book and there is so much more to learn.
Absolutely. In fact, I have never actually READ the Aubrey/Maturin series, but I have listened to it three times. I joined Audible.com because they had the series as read by Patrick Tull. He does such an incredible job bringing the books and the characters to life! If you watch the movie, you can almost tell that Russell Crowe had to have listened to the Patrick Tull performance because his delivery of Jack Aubrey is very similar to that of Tull's. This is, without a doubt, my favorite book series of all time and I'm thankful Audible had them.
Stephen Maturin. He is always unflappable and his sense of humor is insanely dry. It is great to watch his character develop over the series and, even though he has been at sea for many years, nothing nautical ever seems to stick and he continues to need to be hauled into the Surprize like a sack of wheat. His relationship with Diana Villers is one of the great on-again, off-again romances ever.
The taking of the Cacafuego by the Sophie. Patrick Tull truly brings the battle to life.
There already is a film, but I would have to say:
Listen to Master and Commander. If you don't fall in love with the series immediately, then you should stick to reading non-fiction.
I first listened to this audiobook as a curiosity and it quickly became one of my favorite John Grisham books. It is a great story and it surprised me when I learned the audiobook time was less than 7 hours. It seems longer because it is such a good story.
The retelling of Rick Dockery's epic collapse in the AFC Championship Game and Dockery clandestine attack of the newspaper reporter on American soil.
Welch does what I most enjoy, he acts out each character giving them their own personality and distinctiveness. He just doesn't do an Italian accent for an Italian character...he gives them some depth. I appreciate that. He even does a good job making the female characters seem credibly feminine.
The final play of the championship game where Dockery got his clock cleaned. You just knew that might be the end for Dockery.
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