For the first time, I was led a bit astray by Audible's wonderful "AudibleEssentials" list, which I have enjoyed using as a roadmap for most of my audiobook purchases.
I'm still not sure if it was the autobiography genre in general that put me off here or if it was simply the tone and writing of this particular book. But in either case, I found it very difficult to enjoy.
Remember when that new person showed up at your school, workplace, or social club, and it took that person *months* to realize that *nobody* really wanted to hear about all the wild things he did and how cool and crazy all his friends/coworkers were at the school/club/office he just left?
That's exactly how I felt during most of this book. Sure, a couple of the chapters were genuinely interesting, and I did find myself laughing out loud once or twice, but, in general, the analogy that kept popping into my head was that listening to this book was like sitting on an airplane trapped next to some arrogant guy who wouldn't stop rattling on about all the wild and cool stuff he'd seen in his travels...
I am of the opinion that the audiobook format lends itself particularly well to works of fiction that are written in the first-person point of view. But I now suspect that the exact opposite may be true for biographies, and I may have enjoyed this more in print.
I love Nick Podehl's narration in The Kingkiller series, and this book proves it is no fluke. His energy, emotion, distinctive voices, and even more distinctive accents really make this more of a Performance than just a narration.
The book itself is entertaining and well-written, both thought-provoking and heart-tugging enough at times to generate enough interest for me to continue the series. And if there was ever any doubt, the narration performance clinches it.
I really enjoyed this book, and was amazed at how little I knew about the Revolutionary War. By about 2/3 of the way through, however, I found myself really wishing this book was entitled 1775-1783 instead! I understand that the focus and point of the book was just the war campaign over a single important year, but now I wish it had covered the whole war!
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