South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States
Book is almost unlistenable! I was eager for the message, the words, the story. A friend recommended it. I'm not stupid. I made Captain in the U.S. Air Force -- and a woman at that! -- I went to college and worked for attorneys. But this man reads too fast! I have to assume he did not take direction in making the audio. It's like he's still trying to prove he's good enough -- or the best -- whatever! And in reading so hell bent for leather, he is too self-centered to care about the listener! It's all about him! I bet he grinds his teeth! For sure this man has never heard of easy does it. He hardly takes a breath! It's exhausting to listen, and I slept badly and will not listen again. Somewhere around Kosovo it gets really good -- the words are good, but dammit! General Clark wants to get there first hell or high water! And indeed he does. His enunciation suffers badly also. I wish I had not bought this book. Please have an actor read it again at a decent speed for comprehension. I am angry and disappointed in this book. Print version will be worth checking.
Somehow I had expected this would be simply Tom Paine's writing, not a whole book about him. History, philosophy and politics are not my strengths, but I've lived long enough and traveled enough that I do care about these things. I found another audio book on the same topics, Founding Brothers, very difficult listening, although I believed it was well narrated. This book by contrast is almost suspenseful. The narrator reads with great understanding, but the book is written so as to be interesting. This author has an exciting mind!
Back in high school I didn't really get it about the deists. And who cared about the Louisiana Purchase? Paine was already trying to solve the problem of slavery, develop a plan for freed slaves. Paine even foresaw a need for a welfare system. Well, goodness! It's a most stimulating book. Educational, exciting, most worthwhile.
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