McMillan's scholarship is deep, her analyses incisive, her personal portraits illuminating and often humorous. My gripe is with the narration, which, to this American listener's ear, is plodding and "vedy sediously" pretentious, barely tolerable even with the iPod cranked up to warp speed. I'd recommend instead McMillan's lecture series on the same topic, available from audible.com, which is of course in her own, very delightful, voice.
Highly recommended. McCullough's beautiful voice complements his authoritative scholarship. History buffs will enjoy the several "what-if" scenarios he paints. Excerpts from correspondence, of generals, foot soldiers, and civilians -- both rebel and royalist -- give the narrative a lively immmediacy and touching poignancy.
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