The vividness of the writing and narration can only be compared to watching a classic movie like Casablanca or the Sands of Iwo Jima.
It's mind-boggling how Dufris can take a ship full of men and give vivid, fully-differentiated portrayals of each one. There is a reason he is one of the superstars of the audiobook world. He's a great actor with a naturalistic, human feel to his work. We get warmth to help us connect with the human side of daily life aboard ship and the energy to soar to heights of excitement during the thrilling battle scenes.
There are some great funny scenes, and sections that made me laugh. My strongest reaction was to the action scenes. The battles -- especially at the end -- were so gripping it was almost impossible to stop listening.
This is a perfect match of a great story and a great narrator!
Do not think you will be listening to a dry and dusty book of ancient, dead history. McCullough's book and Herrman's narration style breathe so much life and import and interest into this fantastic book, it is simply not to be missed. Of its many joys, one of the signal high points is the astounding relationship between John and Abigail, brought to vivid life in this telling.
This is a melding of history and sci-fi, yet it is done so incredibly well it feels absolutely real. of course, it helps that one of the masters of the audiobook world, William DuFris, is the narrator. He gives such a thorough impression of the characters, and the kind of variety necessary to tell this tale is mind-boggling. Yet, without calling attention to himself, Dufris lays out the story in an astounding fashion. This was just a dynamite audiobook, and I look forward to the next part of the story.
Absolutely. These fully-fleshed character portrayals bear additional listens. Everyone is wonderful, and Molina is the stand-out center of the storm in this great book.
Absolutely, especially after the twists and turns started occurring. You never know what will happen next, or to whom.
Two top scenes include an early heist scene involving grabbing computer hard drives and the scene with the hostages in the bank.
The extreme reaction I had was to LISTEN at every spare moment I could until I finished!
There is nothing as thrilling as a full-cast presentation done well, and these guys did a fantastic job! Astounding performances along with state-of-the-art, top-notch production values combined to make this a thrilling show! The "theater of the mind" is truly able to dive in and get involved. Highly recommended!
Cathartic, moving, dark
This story paints a detailed picture of lives filled with tragedy and loss. It's not necessarily for the faint of heart, but it's an important tale of what individuals go through during some of the most trying times humans can endure.
McCance's voice is filled with exactly the right amount of grim acceptance and heartfelt emotion. We're in the hands of a real pro here. This important yet difficult story needed a narrator exactly like him. Brilliant performance.
I came close to tears a few times over this brief story.
Listeners should prepare themselves for a dark journey, but it's a journey well worth taking.
Easy to understand, well presented by the extremely lucid narrator, who gave a very positive and easy-to-listen-to delivery of the material.
Took too long to get to the tips and assistance. A "How-To" book shouldn't spend so much time on set-up and history.
People who need information from an experienced professional about self-organization
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