Somerset, Kentucky, United States | Member Since 2011
For any American History buff, it is a must, A superb description of Marbury v Madison, the issues surrounding the same, and the personages involved. John Marshall towers in early American history, and I hardly knew him at at all. Long enough to learn something from, but short enough not to bog down, Well read. Get it.
Material better suited for a short novelette than a 12 hour listen. I was nowhere near as enthralled as other reviewers.
I have been practicing general medicine for over 30 years, and am now involved in the daily education of housestaff and medical students. This book is so well done that it will become part of my teaching curriculum about how to think and speak about terminal illness.
Sometimes we forget why the classics are the classics. I am grateful for Audible, which encourages me to go back and revisit something that I might not have otherwise done. Spacek's performance is magnificent. Take the time to listen. This story is timeless.
The story is Crichton like without the excellence of Crichton. But the narrator's interpretation of the protagonistic demon's voice is so chilling that I stayed engaged.
Fearsome, and thought provoking, but meandering and unfocused at times. It did, again reveal, just how thin the veneer of civilization truly is, and could be.
Though a bit slow and tedious at times, this is a necessary book ,one that summarizes well the slow, then quickening, then ever more rapid development of the technology that has made instantaneous availability of communication and information something we now all take for granted. I feel that I have a better feel for how all of this miracle occurred. God forbid, now that we are all so dependent, that the lights should ever go out. I feel that for many, it has made the real computer, the human brain, for many, much weaker.
How does this guy do this? I have been reading and listening to these novels for 40 years, some of them for the 2nd time, and remain about their power to enthrall and entertain...Bram Stoker would think so too, I think.
How men continue to be so cruel to other men(and women and children) for no good reason at all remains a mystery to me. Indeed, the veneer of civilization is thin.
I chose to listen to this book to teach me more about Lawrence himself, and to understand better this part of World War I. I am sorry to say that I did not know just how much I didn't know about either. Although the book is excessively long, and probably too detailed, it does what what the author set out to do in my mind...first to paint Lawrence as an extremely bright, iconoclastic human; full of pure intent, but unable to change history as much as he would have liked; and to point out the incredible folly of the Great War, and the mess it left the Middle East in, a mess which is still problematic to this very day.
Dickens best, about unrequited love, deep friendship, and the importance of integrity. Irony abounds, as it always does. Enjoy.
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