Planning a trip to France for the first time. I've read a couple of books about the French revolution, but I felt that Dickens' portrayal of the rebels and aristocrats in this book really put the listener in the thick of what was going through everyone’s head shortly before and during the Reign of Terror. I had a much better understanding than with the other two books. If my brief Google research is correct, Dickens wrote this approx. 70 years after the revolution, and it seems very fresh with his telling. On the downside, the characters can be a bit dated (melodramatic) by today’s standards and I struggled for the first hour with the flowery language, but you get the hang of it. Didn’t keep me from sobbing at the end of this touching tale, LOL. I bet the version narrated by Frank Mueller is killer, but the price was right for this one, and the accents are probably more authentic with Simon Vance. Definitely recommend it.
So far, I've listened to Sol Stein (Stein on Writing),Thomas B. Sawyer (Fiction Writing Demystified) and this one. David Morrell is my favorite, although Stein covers more craft/style in my opinion. Morrell touches on a bit of everything with practicality, humor and humility. He's easy to relate to. Some of it is far beyond my current skill set or needs (things to watch out for in contracts, etc.), but it's good for future. This book never had a dull moment, and I downloaded the Kindle version as well, to make notes. Narrator was fantastic. As someone else said, it was easy to forget it wasn't being narrated by the author, so great was the narrator's enthusiasm.
I would consider this something of a sci-fi mystery. Kept me guessing, enjoyed it very much, despite the fact I'm not into sci-fi. Unique story line, I look forward to other books by Blake Crouch.
Well written and well acted. However, several times while listening to this book, I wished I'd never started it. There were some bizarre detours that I felt were a waste of time and left unresolved. I found some of it extremely depressing. I guess I should have anticipated that, considering the content, but I expected a little more of a hopeful ending...not good listening if you need an escape from daily life...
Listened to this as part of a self-imposed history crash course before a trip to Paris. Great book, ageless. I had no clue until about midway thru it (when it occurred to me there is no way these people were still alive to interview) that it was written in the 60s. Couple of downsides - it was extremely hard to follow some of the segments via audio due to all the many players, no map - and my total lack of knowledge around anything related to the military. Also, the narrator was great at character voices, but left a lot to be desired everywhere else. Still very worth it, especially the last of the 3 parts.
In my humble opinion, this is basically a college lecture on how to research and interpret folk tales, and written/verbal materials produced or perpetuated over time by peasants or everyday people. I listened for over 2 hours and couldn't take another minute, this will be the first refund I've requested since becoming a member a few years back. If you're a historical scholar, you'll most likely love it.
I listened to this book immediately following a S. Saylor book. While Saylor's book was VERY entertaining, there were several points in his tale when I said to myself "REALLY? Someone in ancient Rome would have these thought processes?". I'll save that commentary for the Saylor review, but my point is that I felt like Harris' characters were more believable in the context of the times and I enjoyed the descriptions of everyday life in Rome and the Roman Senate. Furthermore, he did an excellent job of building a plot and creating suspense.
I am a HUGE fan of Berendt's Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil. So, since I was planning a trip to Venice, I thought this would give me a background of modern Venice as seen from the eyes of an American. It did, and I've very glad I read it but I cannot rate it in the realm of his former work on Midnight. Let's face it, Berendt can get people to tell him things they'd never tell another stranger, that's one of his greatest gifts. But I didn't find I really cared about any of the characters. It may be because there were so many, he couldn't dig very deep on any of them. On the other hand, he refuses to comprise his work by creating fake characters that are a "compilation" of several people and I admire that he doesn't take that route, it would draw some events/interviews into question, as always happens with a compilation. Furthermore, if he had dug any deeper on these characters, the story would have had a much smaller scope, and I don't believe I would have walked away with quite the overview of Venice that I gained from the reading.
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