So says Private Bartle in the 'Yellow Birds'. This book in concert with the novel 'Matterhorn' and the movie 'The Hurt Locker' have assisted me in having a little insight into the devastating impact that war has on the ordinary men and women not only the active participants but those at home. To some degree, in this age of instant news and our own short term attention span, sometimes wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan do not register as wars. As the protagonist refers to Iraq as 'our little pest of a war'. We need to focus our attention and support on these brave men and women. 'The Yellow Birds' is a terrific book, well read and a real punch in the gut. Two thumbs up !!!!!
What an absolutely beautiful coming-of-age story. Told with intelligence, integrity, humour and straight forward emotion. Mr. Extence represents a teenage 'hero' so accurately from what I remember from my own experiences and those of my two sons. The emotional commitment that the novel ultimately demands is extremely rewarding, for me it was a little reminiscent of 'The Fault in Our Stars' another do not miss novel. The narration is spot on. Thank you Mr Extence for a wonderful few hours that I most assuredly will visit again !
Yes Monsters are real. Not in a 'Monsters Inc.' way but in a diabolical way. If you like the plots catastrophic, gore in streams, heavy duty weaponry and your humour plentiful and dark then the Monster Hunter series is for you. I wish I could give the series a 4.5 it is that much fun! Oliver Wyman is a genius. I cannot add up how many voices, human or not, that he does in the books but they are all distinctive and many times down right scary. Start with Monster Hunter International and settle in for hours of fun but keep your lights on at night and maybe during the day as well.
I read this novel quite some time ago. After a challenging first 45 minutes, the story goes from one wonderful adventure after another. From Britain to Europe to Turkey and Asia and on and on. Fabulous characters, battles, love... one challenge after another in the main characters life experience and all this based on a true story. I just did not want this book to end. My wife, sister and members of her family all agreed ... brilliant !!! Stuart Langton is also awesome. O. K. I have just convinced myself to read it again.
I have read the first three books now in this series and have enjoyed all three. If you like Roman history, intrigue, battles, relationships then go ahead and get into the series. If you like historical accuracy then pass on the EMPEROR novels. There is plenty of literary license on the part of Conn Iggulden but what the heck this is 'fiction' not history. I've enjoyed the development of Gaius and Marcus and the twists and turns that their lives have taken and intend of listening to the last novel before moving on. The debate on the performance of Paul Blake is tiresome. Yes he does pronounce the names of many of the characters differently from common usage and that of his predecessor and yes it is 'Gauling' but his overall narration is fine.
A beautiful story told with interconnected vignettes.Each of us has a tale which when looked at closely can be influenced or is influenced by our relationships with others.There are tragedies and love stories, passions and selfishness, decisions and outcomes. Is what we see the reality or an illusion. Khaled Hosseini is without question a leading light in literature today and the narration makes it a deeply moving novel. Do not miss.
I came to this story because I wished to hear another narration by Simon Vance and I was not disappointed either by Simon Vance or the beautifully descriptive prose on offer from Mr Kay. The sights, smells and sounds of the Tang Dynasty of China envelope you as the story of political intrigue, love, respect, power and family is told in this wonderful novel. We in the West tend to minimize the ancients of the East and this story serves to transport us to China and the civilization that had values that would serve us well by reappearing in our society; family, respect and tradition to name a few. Time well spent.
With no organized police force someone has to step and find the citizens who commit the dastardly deed. Alight, fun read with a look into Roman day to day life. Ruth Downie does enough with her characters to keep you listening. Simon Vance is one of my three favourite male narrators ( Humphrey Bower and Scott Brick are the others ) and he doesn't disappoint with excellent representations of the varied male characters from different backgrounds and the many wonderful female 'persona'... Worth the credit for light entertainment but too bad that the first two books of the series are not available on Audible.
It is very obvious from the outset that this novel was written to serve as the set up for the series. As such, It was for me o.k. but as a standalone novel it left me unfulfilled but it had enough good characters and unusual characters that I will listen to the next installment. Humphrey Bower is outstanding as always. I know that it is his job but his ability to do so many characters is truly astounding, you are left with the impression that the narration is done by a cast.
Where 'The Power of One' looked at the maturation of one boy in the oppressed state of South Africa, "Tandia' brings the ugliness of Apartheid to the reader like a punch in the gut! Bryce Courtenay tells a beautiful story and develops his characters slowly and in great detail. He makes you smile, elicits tremendous empathy, laugh and makes you cringe at the details of life in a separated S. Africa. A wonderful follow up presented so spot on by the inimitable Humphrey Bower.
To me there is no better combination than the late Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower. Bryce Courtenay tells stories that combine life lessons with fabulous characters, beautiful prose with the expression of his love of the countries that have served to be the setting of his own life. Every time I read one of his novels I wanted more. Many times he gave us more but still he could have kept them coming. Humphrey Bower is simply the best. His command of the various accents dovetail beautifully with his understanding of the emotions presented by Mr Courtenay. I am thankful that I still have about a half dozen novels by this awesome combination to listen to in the coming months.
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