I generally grab a book on tape for long driving trips
to make the time slide by...historical books rarely fit
the bill for long all night drives.
McCoullough's book and narration proved the exception, I
had a great time with the nearly 12 hours. He weaves 1st
hand accounts deftly into a compelling story of the
desperation of the 1st year of the revolutionary war.
I must confess an interest in history, but even those not
disposed to historical accounts will find his artful use
of the characters own words to paint rich character portraits
enjoyable. He has a keen eye for understated humor which
I found particularly enjoyable.
I have nearly 300 Audible titles in my library, and this one somehow got lost in the mix for over a year. When I finally spotted it, I couldn't for the life of me understand why I had made the purchase. The author's prologue at the beginning had me scratching my head as to how I could have made such a colossal mistake with a credit (in retrospect it would have worked better at the end...at least for me). Fifteen minutes into the book however, the author and the narrator had me hooked on one of my favorite audible rides of all time.
The richness of his characters, enhanced by the talent of the narrator in giving voice to each, and Conroy's ability to describe people and things in ways that border on profound, had me rewinding the story time and again to listen and marvel (this has not happened in any other Audible book). I reflected to my wife as I completed this book, that Conroy had likely spoiled me, that I would not be as satisfied with any future Audible title because it simply wouldn't match the writing style.
The author's experiences provide a depth of understanding of the time and place, and his descriptions of Charleston had me ready to make a detour. I would highly recommend you start this when you've got a really long trip or time to dedicate to the listen, because I simply did not want to stop.
My first experience with this combination was Tin Roof Blowdown, which remains my absolute favorite audio book of all time (out of 100+). I have never been disappointed with this combo and this book is no exception. I love the writing style of Burke, and Patton is amazing. These books can keep me awake on any drive and have me pumping gas in a hurry to get back to them.
Will Patton and Burke make the best combination of all the 100+ audiobooks I have experienced. Although not in the same class as Tin Roof Blowdown, it still kept me awake through a cross country drive
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