Bainbridge Island, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
I read this in print shortly after it came out and have re-read it in print at least once since. When I saw it on Audible, I just had to give it a listen hands and eye free to soak it in again and follow along with topo maps of the positions and terrain.
Excellent narration - as I imagine Appleman would have approved.
I'd say this is strictly for those intensely interested in the subject as it is steeped in details and backstory. I feel Appleman objectively presents the issues well to more than allow the reader to interpret themselves what went wrong as a lot just is not known or may never be. But plenty of dots to connect.
If I went back in time, I would have told Faith and MacClean to occupy and hold hill 1221 (as the Marine Lt. they were replacing intimated) with firm connectivity between the schoolhouse to the south and the inlet, but no further north of the inlet until the reinforcements arrived....which of course, they never did.
Certainly, because I had the time to.
The foundations of a successful comedian/actor's career....the hard work, persistence and luck involved.
I got a bit bogged down in some of the details prior to his breakthrough as I did not know many of the other persons he worked with as I live in North America.
Brydon's delivery was...well, Brydon and being a relatively new fan of his work I enjoyed getting to know him better through him.
I concur with all the glowing reviews of this audio book....the whole series.
Undoubtedly, Simon Vance's, always sterling several other audio books I have, is totally in the zone with this one.
The author's description of the mostly banal, prosaic events and interactions of the multitude of characters over the span of years, decades is quietly yet deeply fascinating.
Though weeks since finishing the final volume, I frequently listen again to various chapters. Powell puts highly descriptive words and phrases to elemental human events that I can so much identify but never the depth nor capacity of nuance to articulate.
I've read all of Jan Morris' Pax Britannica's volumes. They are all good. I got this audible version since it's been a few years and I would enjoy hearing it read to me....but I did not realize I had picked the abridged version.
However, should the would-be reader not have been exposed to this series and is a bit of an anglophile, then by all means try it.
Superbly written memoir of combat and British army life in Burma and I do love this narrator's style that fits this so well. (he does a great narration of Orwell too)
Gives a pretty good back story to each of the "six presidents" with enough filled in details to satisfy this history buff. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's delivery as I found it choppy and slightly reminiscent Bob and Ray's routine of "slow-talkers-of-America" but faster.
I knew very little about this war. I do remember seeing it constantly referenced in the news as a child in late fifties and sixties. Being an amateur historian I eventually knew more than just the basics but until I read this book - whoa! Utterly fascinating and extremely well researched.
The reader is wonderful and greatly leverages all aspects of this well written history.
credit time had come and this time I learned my lesson by wasting money instead of a credit on something like this....if you can relate to that then you are a real deal audible.com book warrior. Not too well put together and I found the stories pretty lame. Meh -ditto.
Brings to life the fascinating history of this time and place like no other I have read and its astounding connection to the present circumstance. Wonderfully narrated too.
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