Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008
In the non fiction category, this is one of the best
Cassidy is a lucid writer explaining the many very complicated economic issues over the last 20 years; these culminated in the market crash of 2008, and he does a great job reviewing the background economics and how the conventional thinkers failed to see what was happening. He does this in a straightforward style easy for non economists like me to understand. This is very important stuff for all the rest of us to understand. Great job!
Clear voice, well paced
This book enlightened me; I anticipate buying the print version to
have as a reference for future disasters
This is a well rendered fictional account of a very important episode in European history depicting the pervasive anti-semitism of the late 19th century and the antiquated leadership style of the French army of that era. It is also a great view of the society and culture of "The Proud Tower" of Europe, as Tuchman has described the era. On the down side, the plot was full of somewhat confusing subterfuge with multiple characters that were a bit of a struggle to keep straight in an audio format. this is a minor criticism.
The Dreyfus affair was an important episode in modern French history. It exposed the latent anti-semitism in France which was to become more apparent later in the 20th century and the pathetic leadership of the senior French military of the time. It also exposed the pervasive French mistrust and paranoia of Germany which in part set the stage for the run up to WWI. This book renders all this digestible in a great fictional format. David Rintoul's narration is excellent and his French accent est parfait!
in the top 20%
Ben--tenacious, humble, and brilliant working class survivor.
Berman has excellent control of the different voices and rotates smoothly between them. His narration is a pleasure.
I loved the blend of tight WWII suspense with the Jewish plight at the hands of the Nazis and the contemporary legal machinations. This is reminiscent of an historical John Grisham at his best.
Yes--if they were interested in the culture of the 60's and 70's and the roll of this music in our cultural history
Joe Hurley was fantastic, but Johnny Depp was uninspiring
Fascinating view of a very brilliant man and artist beset by self destructive tendencies but able to have a productive career in spite of his destructive lifestyle. The context of how the famous songs (Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash, etc.) came about was fascinating. He is brilliant but very self-absorbed.
The writing, the sense of place
Gascoigne--cheerful, independent, insightful, interesting past
Walter Moody--the trial scenes were fabulous
This book is a complex and brilliantly conceived story with many layers about a remote place and time. The narration is pitch-perfect as Meadows rotates seamlessly between indigenous Maori accents, Irish, Scotch, and English accents. The story is told in a non linear fashion with multiple loops back to the original themes making it easier to grasp. The writing is spectacular. This is a unique piece with throwbacks to a Jane Austen style but with a rare and exquisite layering of plot lines. It takes some time to get through it but it's worth it.
Yes because of the great narration. Andrews and Lamia are great and give a dimension to the book I would not have picked up reading it.
Rose--complex, sad, trapped, and trying her best in awful situations.
This is an intense and well developed story about people most of us would never know or want to know. The characters however are well developed and accessible and beautifully portrayed by the narrators. The story was complex but not so much that it wasn't an enjoyable listen.
No. The story wasn't good enough.
Swaggering tough guy
This is a rambling and fragmented story with what seems like frequent digressions into NativeAmerican life and customs which do not necessarily add to the plot. I considered bailing at least twice but soldiered on but looked forward to finishing it and moving on. The language is frequently flowery and embellished as you might see in an old western page turner or romance novel. It was off-putting. I liked Frazier's other books (Cold Mountain and Nightwoods) but found this weak in comparison.
This was an insightful first hand look into what being a hostage is all about: terror, pain, abuse, misunderstandings, economic hardship, ignorance, cruelty. It is also about foolish decision making and its consequences on the part of the author and her companion.It will be a long time before Somalia develops a tourist industry.
Overall good and complex story line with a view towards a part of WWII that I had little understanding of: Hungarian jews and the eastern front. Characters are well developed and deep.
He is an adequate reader but does a very poor job with French. His Hungarian sounded authentic but I am not Hungarian to know for sure.
Development in the first half of the novel took too long to unfold for my taste. The novel's considerable strength is in the 2nd half so the long 1st half dragged a bit for me.
Yes--An informative well-researched and accessible (for non historians) review of Islam past and present
Humor and irony are present in his cadence, timing, and emphasis.
This is a brilliant and balanced elucidation of Islamic history in an accessible and easy to comprehend style with copious connections to European history that most of us understand a little better.
This book was predictable from the moment it started. It was clear that the protagonist was going to crash and suffer and ultimately survive and get his girl. I tired of the repetitive violence which I thought could have benefited from some judicious editing. I also personally was put off by (but could understand) his being born again. The story was interesting but shallow. That is not to underestimate what the man went through nor his strength.
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