I couldn't finish listening to this book. The reader was fine, but the writing was bland and insipid...
I gave up after 3 hours of this tedious book. Not one character that was interesting, TOO MANY long boring character development sketches. The plot plods along and if it ever develops into anything I will never find out...
The book is well researched and interesting(and somewhat tedious if you are not "into" Civil War history) . The narrators treatment of letters and papers from the period is a problem however. She adopts a schoolmarm tone that is both dismissive of and condescending to the people that wrote the documents. I found that irritating.
This book starts slow and grinds to deadly. What humor there is relies completely on malapropisms. After two hours with NO sign of plot appearing, I gave up.
This book is fascinating and worth listening to. Unfortunately, it places all the blame for Enron on Andrew Fastow and portrays Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling as poor innocent children. if you read other sources (for example, the October 2002 Forbes Article "Andrew Fastow, Fall Guy" By Dan Ackman) it is clear that the problem with Enron was endemic and not just one bad apple. If you can stand more of the detail of the financial transaction involved, Enron's demise is more credibly portrayed in "Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. Eichenwald gives too many venal and greedy people free passes to be wholely credible.
The main characters ( Hero, protagonists, villains and bystanders) are all flat 2 dimensional, uninteresting and ultimately boring.. The story line drags on and on and on and on after a fairly fast start. I gave up on this after about 2 hours because I couldn't find ANYONE to root for in the book or any reaon to slog through more boring build-up to who knows what. Don't bother...
A Wonderful dual biography! This book challenges the myths that have arisen surrounding both men.
After reading it, I had a better appreciation of both of these individuals and a better understanding of the times in which they (and I) lived. It also makes you reflect on the contibutions both real and imagined of both Howard Cosell and Muhammed Ali. It is very listenable and engaging throughout.
The narrator does a good job but after 30 minutes, I was bored with the plastic characters and slow pace of the book.
The music doesn't help but detracts from this. The Ichabod Crane character sounds like a first shot at acting by a schoolboy and the final encounter between Crane and the Horseman is frankly dull.
What absolute claptrap... The authors contention is so FAR from realistic as to be ludicrous. She cites instances where so-called Christians demand special treatment for their opinions and then are upset that the courts rightly point out Americas constitutional restrictions on establishing a state religion.
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