This was my first audio book encounter with this portion of our American history.
I found the story somewhat hard to follow, and the narrators accent a bit of a distraction. Even so, I think it was a good purchase and I will recommend this title to friends interested in early politics of the U.S.
Gory and dark. Highly rated not because it is enjoyable, but rather for the storyline and strong feelings it invokes.
This is a true "coming of age" book, with the Civil War and all its brutality as a backdrop.
The narrator does an above average job.
It took me awhile to get through this book. I was not expecting a "who's who" of early California political players, but that's what this selection is.
All in all, a fairly interesting listen. Definitely well researched.
The reader did a decent job, as good as historical accounts can be read.
This was the first audio book that would actually keep my 11 y.o. daughter interested.
The story follows a young girl as she works through a myriad of adversity to find out more about her late parents, of who she remembers little. The author is quite knowledgeable in the ways of the equine and her writing imparts a lot of horse learning within the story, going as far as telling some of it through the thoughts of the main horse character.
It is well written, is fairly fast-paced and the reader does a good job with the different characters, without being too "hammy".
This is a great book for a 5 hr. car ride with a young (or old) horse lover!
Keep in mind that this book was written after the turn of the century. People who had made (or witnessed) some bit of history saw an opportunity to write a short memoir to supplement their income, or simply have their names remembered.
The story eventually focuses on Charles Siringo's part, as a Pinkerton detective, in the Coeur d'Alene miners confrontation of 1899. This is a fairly interesting re-telling and takes up the bulk of the audio book.
There are many names "dropped" throughout the tale, which mean nothing to the rest of the story. It takes awhile to realize that you don't necessarily need to focus on these for a "call-back" later.
The narration, which I would rate as "decent", is the most "cowboyish" part of this selection. You may need to turn up the volume a time or two to catch everything.
Civil war buffs and those interested in naval sagas should certainly enjoy this title!
This is a good all-around recounting of one of the least known, but greatest sea-going epics of the civil war.
I had read several shorter accounts of this ship, and was curious if this audio book could fill in more of the details. I was not disappointed.
The story is well told as based upon the diary of the executive officer of the ship. His "sharing" the command with an older officer leads to some interesting story lines with regards to the power struggles over the long voyage.
There are a few times when the narration seems to stall out, but this is mainly when the diary gets monotonous (as I am sure the voyage was), and it is easy to "soldier" through this portion as you await the outcome.
The narration is above average.
My first 5-star rating!
If you have an animal or an autistic person (or several of either/both) in your life, you will find this an informative book.
I now have a better grasp on why my horse spooks at seemingly harmless things, and why my dog acts the way she does.
Good content. Good narration.
I purchased this title expecting to get a plain, matter-of-fact account of the day-to-day life of a civil war soldier. I was not disappointed.
If you are at all intrigued with the civil war and would like to hear a good first person account, you can probably "soldier" through this, but keep in mind there was no attempt made to make this material interesting to the average person.
The reader was as dry as the content.
The information was very complete, which is why I give it a high rating.
This was an intense and fun listen. The narrator was perfectly matched to the content and overall it was well-read.
Parental warning: With the "body-pressing" and some of the other graphically detailed descriptions in this book, I will be waiting a year or two to share it with my ten yr old daughter.
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