The story was gripping. I couldn't stop listening.
Simon Vance is a great narrator. Sounds almost identical to Richard Matthews.
The story has many cryable moments. I'm easily moved, true, but there were so many authentic connections between Lawrence Anthony and the animals that I cried. Not only his connection to the matriach nana, but the bull elephant that came with the original herd.
I couldn't recommend this more highly. Apart from the entertainment it connects you emotionally to the plight of wild animals in Africa. If we don't get involved our children will inherit a world without elephants and rhinos. We can't let that happen.
It gave a real sense of what went on behind the scenes and even in the minds (thanks to their letters) of many of the players at the time.
She was able to capture the 'maleness' of the characters, and create appropriate tones to match the context within which each historical character spoke. At times it felt like I was watching a TV mini-series about actual events.
Not the first time. Having to listen to all of the stories behind each 'rival' was tedious at the first listen because I wanted to get to the great man immediately, but months later, coming back to the story I could appreciate the relevance and role each story played in the greater story about Lincoln's political and human genius.
Can't say. I listen to audio because I can
Steve Jobs himself was very compelling. It's amazing how manipulative and destructive he was to people around him. The guy lacked the empathy gene and was focussed entirely on getting what he wanted. Lucky for us, what he wanted was to build great products.
The ending where Jobs gets to say his piece.
I was quite disappointed that the book did not include his actual passing. Given how close he was to going at the end, it's a pity that they didn't hold off to include one final chapter. An updated edition is warranted to include his last days, the impact on his family, friends and the world.Great book and very well researched and written.
This man's life was truly amazing and the book is so well written (and read) that I was always engaged. The survival at sea was a story by itself, but then to learn of what he experienced after ... well that was unbelievable. The treatment of his transformation with Billy Graham was well handled I thought. For a second I was concerned that the author might have been intending to proselytize but it was handled in the same matter of fact, but hugely engaging way she handled all significant details of the protagonist's life.
The only other audio book I enjoyed so much was Memoirs of a Geisha.
Very disappointing for me. Felt dated. Had difficulty engaging with the main character, perhaps because he is a precocious child.
Would not recommend it.
Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the English accent and humor; while getting a history/science lesson at the same time. Hard facts with interesting and amusing trivia that had me laughing out loud at some parts. Much of it due to the way the stuff is read.
Alas, it is not that way in it's entirety and there were some segments that I zoned out in boredom. Overall though, it's perhaps the best audio book I've listened to.
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