This is the only book of about 25 that I have listened to from Audible that I was not able to finish. I enjoyed the subject and support Gordon-Read's agenda. But why does she have to preach little sermons after every little fact? What redundancy? What a berating she gives to the past players of history? Seeing as someone as great as Jefferson had fallen into sick attitudes about another race, I doubt that this author, if living in the same time and under the same circumstances, would have done any differently. Anyway, while listening, I felt like a teenager who is relentlessly being scolded by a parent for something they have not done. It was really unbearable. The narrator has a whiney voice that lines up with the berating author. I wanted the facts, not her overdone opinions. As a result I could not finish the book and am sorry for that.
I choose a historical novel for it's history in a living setting. I have read many such books - fabulous ones. This cannot be called historical. The entire tone of the books is modern through and through with some historical events and some period details. Having a modern feminist thinker protagonist in medieval europe didn't sit well. I became increasingly irritated with the lack of historical value and the anachronistic writing so that I could not finish beyond 1/4th of the book. I am sorry to have wasted the money and time.
The narrator did a fine job.
This is an excellent historical novel. Wouk blends characterization with historical account skillfully and naturally. I have purchased War and Remembrance and am ready to begin listening to this sequel. Narration is smooth and easy to listen to. Thank you for making such books available.
This book is so very different from what I am used to, it is not really down my line. But it was narrated with excellence making one sense the personality of each character. The author developed good characterization, with some but not too much philosophizing. Rather down to earth and a bit violent. A bit too violent, but then the author excuses himself by having the characters in the book express astonishment. All in all, it was interesting and informative as well as pleasurable.
Reading the Bible is nothing new for me, however listening to it is a different experience. Before buying this audio version I listened to numerous narrators and this is the one I find the most pleasant. There are no
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