While there was some great historical information in the book I felt that it was quite a lot to slog through. I love history books and I love long history books, as long as they are well organized and engaging. This one took me 3 weeks to get through.
Had it been a biography of Winant, Harriman and Murrow, I think it would have been much more engaging but it veered off into many other directions. It's as if the author gathered much more research that she needed and was damned determined to fit it all in one book. It really needed some editing. Also, a good historical author should be able to leave her own political views out of historical text. She was completely unable to do that and I feel that it cheapened the value of the book overall.
It's not a horrible book and I learned a lot about all 3 of these men, but I don't think I could recommend it to anyone except a hard core history buff who has a lot of time and patience.
I am not bothered that the story in this book is sick. What bothered me was the tediousness of it all. About half way through I found myself wanting a terrorist to appear and blow up the entire town. It was difficult to like any of the characters and I would have loved a War of the Roses ending for Nick and Amy. But I stuck with it just to see how it ended and was met with disappointment. Glad to put this one behind me.
I have not but both were excellent narrators. They made the story bearable.
I tried this book twice but found it incredibly dull. There isn't one character that inspires empathy or is even the slightest bit interesting.
This is one of my favorite Bosch novels so far. Great characters, lots of intrigue and drama.
Dick Hill annoys me to no end. His over-dramatization makes half the characters sound like morons. The female characters are either played as halfwits or ****** and most of the male characters are played as bumbling bubbas. Adding sniffles and other sound effects into the dialogue is like nails on a blackboard to me.
I never saw the movie so I had no basis for comparison except with other biographies that I've read. John Nash is a fascinating man and I appreciated this detailed look into his life. I think that the author treated him with respect but did not hold back on sharing the tragedy of his life. I love biographies and this one did not disappoint me.
Yes, I have listened to several of her books but this is the first biography. I thought she did a great job.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Agent Pendergast series but loyal readers deserve better from the authors. I don't make a habit of reading half a book one year and the second half the next. Being forced to do so by the publisher and authors is an insult.
No, the trickery of publishing a book with half a story is a slap to loyal customers and they have lost this one.
Bryce Courtenay really knows how to develop characters and tell a rich and entertaining story. I just loved all of the characters. He placed me in the time period and I felt that I really knew every character in the book.
I don't have a favorite character. All of the characters were fully developed and were all critical to the story.
I can't identify a specific scene, I loved the entire book.
As soon as I finished this book I immediately downloaded Tommo and Hawk and Soloman's Song because I had to finish the trilogy. I was shattered when I finished Soloman's Song and knew that I would not hear from these characters again. My deepest thanks to Mr.Courtenay for such a fabulous story!
I admit, I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. His skills at social engineering and hacking are amazing and admirable. However, his arrogance and complete lack of remorse makes him totally unlikable. He has a lot of nerve to complain about the police, FBI and other legal officials not ???playing by the rules???. It seems to me that he simply got a taste of his own medicine. I don???t believe his claim that he never caused any damage. The benefit of telling the story is that you get to tell the parts that you want to tell. It???s a story worth reading but read with a jaundiced eye.
I am a geek about stats and models and assumed that I would like this book from that perspective. I'm not a fan of baseball and don't follow it. You need to like both to enjoy this book.
I was hooked from the first 5 minutes and couldn't put it down. I rated the performance a 3 because the sound effects during gun scenes was very annoying. I didn't need drum beat and gun shot sounds to tell me it was a tense part of the story. The narrator is excellent and conveyed the tone of the story perfectly. He didn't need any assistance from a over-zealous sound editor.
I know this book has received great reviews but it just did not resonate with me. In the end it was "just a story". None of the characters engaged me,I didn't find Filth to be particularly interesting and I looked forward to the end.
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