It's pretty hard to top "War and Peace." And I guess I'd have to say that the Tolstoy book is still my all time favorite. But after now listening to at least 100 audiobooks over the past few years, I would have to put The Forsyte Saga right at the top. Lovely writing. Beautiful creation of three generations of the Forsyte family. An arc of the story that is ultimately satisfying. I am now looking for other stories with a similar arc--i.e., multi-generational story telling. This was a magical listening experience for me. Stick with it, even though the opening segments may seem daunting in naming so many characters. The payoff is wonderful.
I am going to jump the gun here, because I have not yet listened to this, but I recommended it to Audible some time back, and I am thrilled that it is now available. I am writing this review early, because I want to encourage Audible listeners to purchase it immediately. This book and its sequel, "War and Remembrance," are stunning works of historical fiction. I very much hope Audible is preparing the sequel. Thank you, Audible, for listening to your customers!
The most powerful aspects of this "autobiography" are the excerpts from Dr. King's speeches. It is stunning to hear him speak to the very first meeting of the Montgomery bus boycott supporters (after first hearing how little time he had to prepare) and to also hear the voices of the crowd chiming in their approval. The text that stiches the speech excerpts together is considerably weaker, because that text was not written by Dr. King and lacks his eloquence. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into a great leader and an extraordinary time in American history.
War and Peace is a stunning novel (no surprise, given its reputation). There has been some criticism of the reader, but I thought that he did a spectacular job. This book was my trusty walking companion for more than a month. Don't get discouraged by all the Russian names at the beginning. By the time you are one-third through the book, you will feel that you really know the characters well, and you will be eager to learn what happens to them next.
This is a stunning book. I read it as a teenager, and I'm now in my 50s and going through it for the second time, this time in audio format. This is the first book I have heard read by Christopher Hurt and I will definitely look for more of his work. He does a magnificent job of using different voices for the different characters. I very much look forward to hearing him read "Atlas Shrugged," but I think I will take a brief break from Ayn Rand's work before plunging into that one.
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