Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2014
Yes, as its' one of the single greatest novels ever written. The story captivates from beginning to end, brings a variety of timely social issues to the table and tells a great story around the discussion of those issues.
Chip's arrival at the home for Christmas, which seemed predictable but at the same time the author gave no clue that it would actually happen ... or Alfred's dementia induced talking feces..
His voice actually bothered me at first, or at least for the first few minutes of the listen. As you get involved with the characters of the novel what at first listen seems like the voice of an elderly man becomes capable of giving each character a completely distinct voice, and ultimately ends up in a great listening experience.
Neither, but there were numerous moments when Gary and Chip were placed into situations I, like many men, had experienced in real life.
Among historical fiction it's top 20%. I would have enjoyed a little more focus on some of the great battles The Marshall was involved in and less on his love life, but I was aware that the author would shy away from battles in lieu of the love story wherever possible. Ms. Chadwick spins a heroic real life figure into the limelight he deserves (with or without the battle scenes) and she is due immense credit for a great story.
It really has to be William Marshall doesn't it?
No. It did have a couple of dry spots. But not so much as to take away from the overall quality of the novel.
If you are a fan of English historical fiction, read it. Even if you're like me and the other reviews scare you off due to the focus on personal relationships as opposed to military history, read it. It's worth it.
Though I think some of the history is questionable, I enjoyed the story. My problem was with the flow and character development, of which there was very little. The novel moves from one front to the next and from the perspective of one character to another without much transition, making it difficult to follow at times.
It also seemed as if major characters in the novel were virtually unknown to the reader at times.
Thomas of Hookton becomes a Knight. I loved the Grail Quest series and, if possible, this novel topped those. I initially read this before the Grail Quest novels (I honestly wasn't aware they existed) and immediately devoured the other three novels and then read this again to understand all that I missed the first go around.
The author has written numerous books similar to 1356, though I consider this among the top two or three of his novels, and with one exception, the best of his non-Sharpe novels (the exception being The Pagan Lord).
The battle scene at the end, which does a great job of bringing a medieval battle to life in the mind's eye of the reader.
Anyone who enjoys novels that don't draw in the reader, have somewhat confusing story lines and at times just .. droned on without a point. And some of that is typical for Franzen, but he generally ties it all in together at some point. Not here.
I have listened to every novel by Franzen and this is the only exception to a man I consider one of the greatest two or three living authors.
None stick out, but this wasn't the fault of the reader. I think she did a great job with the characters and subject matter.
Scenes weren't the problem, so none. I finished the novel and, at the end, asked myself why. What was the point? I'm somewhat surprised Franzen's publisher re-released this rubbish, though I suppose it got me to
It creates the character of Richard Sharpe of course. Gives a little more detail on how he was able to rise from the ranks and gives a great background to the Napoleonic Conflict to describe the various British / East India Company battles in India (though, much like the American conflicts with Native Americans, there isn't much glory in the British "invasion" of India, nor does Mr. Cornwell place any.)
It compares well with any of the Sharpe novels. As it was written chronologically after many of the Napoleonic Sharpe novels, the author does a wonderful job of going back and explaining the background of many of the Sharpe characters and story lines.
Again that would have to be Richard Sharpe, for fairly obvious reasons.
As I didn't start on the Sharpe novels until last year, it raised my anticipation level for the remaining Sharpe novels (which, with one exception, I devoured in about a months time).
Of the four Starbuck books I enjoyed Bull Run the best, though at times I wasn't sure if I was reading about Mr. Starbuck or Richard Sharpe (not that it matters). Among Mr. Cornwell's novels this one probably ranks somewhere in the middle.
The novel hooks you immediately. Unlike many of Cornwell's other series, the Starbuck Chronicles all take place within a two or so year window, so there doesn't have to be time at the beginning taken with laying the foundation of what has happened to the primary characters between novels. Further, the detail taken in describing the Battle of Sharpsburg is tremendous. Just a great novel.
It was good enough. He gave the various characters distinct voices, though I considered some of the southern accents a bit over drawn. He certainly didn't hurt the novel.
Yes, it drove me crazy when I learned there wasn't a fifth book in the series to start on. The ending of this novel leaves so many open story lines, none of which are resolved.
Yes, largely because I've listened to most of the author's books on more than one occasion. While fiction, it's very fact intensive and listening a second time tends to provide more insight into the story.
As with all of the author's novels since "To the Last Man," at least a portion of the story is told from the perspective of someone serving on the front line. This, to me, makes these novels stronger even than his father's "Killer Angels" and the two follow ups written by Jeff. People that haven't served in war have no idea what the average soldier goes through on a daily basis while serving the front lines, so the perspective provided by Mr. Shaara is both real, fascinating and frightening all at once.
I believe, but can't be certain, that he has read many of Mr. Shaara's novels. If I am correct they are all outstanding jobs.
The front line infantrymen.
It's an outstanding story, with great character development and an ability to at least explain both sides of several social issues dealt with in a rational and well thought out manner (though the author's actual stance on any such issue is never left to the imagination).
Any of Franzen's other novels. It's what he does.
His ability to show the proper emotion at the proper times.
Well no, but only because it was over 20 hours.
If you liked "The Corrections" give this one a try.
Great story with an excellent reader. DeLillo takes a simple concept (in the path taken by the Bobby Thompson home run ball) and twists into an incredibly detailed and interesting story about the many lives the ball affected in the subsequent years.
It engaged me from the beginning. DeLillo is a great author and knows what it takes to write a captivating story with many hidden meanings that I'm sure will be debated for years to come.
Not one particular moment. The way the author creates an intersection of each characters life is captivating on its' own.
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