But the subtitle is misleading. I didn't really get a sense of "how TE invented the modern world". How his greatest inventions isn't covered in much depth. It does present a overall picture of the man, warts and all that was very interesting.
For the start of a book series that's lasted more than 15 years and as many novels this was a pretty weak effort. A thinly plotted yarn about counterfeiting with some truly unbelievable plot elements, it went on a lot longer than I found it interesting. The performance didn't do the story any favors. Plenty of effort at individualizing the characters, but some of them were odd in an offputting way. The preview of the second book at the end was much more interesting.
There's very little narrative about the British spy ring and their actual spying activities and lots of gossipy anecdotes about wartime Washington. It doesn't really deliver on the premise.
This book is written by an author who comes across as very self-satisfied and a jerk to boot. Not worth spending 14+ hours with his thoughts.
Bradbury's stories are always thought provoking. There are some very good ones here and the rest are solid. This audiobook suffers from poor narration. Hoye has a good voice, but his inflection is affected and annoying.
A very enjoyable story. The author/narrator gets both sides of the story, from the Americans and the natives, which makes it all the more interesting. Neither side really understood the other, but the misunderstandings fell neatly into place to prevent what could have been an awful end for the survivors.
There is a lot of moving characters around in this book and precious little payoff. We spent a lot of time with the Iron Born to find out that they're all equally uninteresting. The decision to move most of the interesting characters to the next novel didn't pay off. But the real weakness of this audiobook is the narration. Roy Dotrice has made some strange changes to a number of character voices and can't seem to keep them straight all the time. And name pronunciations vary from chapter to chapter. After pretty strong performances in the first three novels, this is a major letdown.
I'd rate The Killer Angels above Cain at Gettysburg, but it's close. This account of the battle seen through the eyes of the antagonists didn't strike the same emotional chords for me as TKA, but it has more technical battle information and focuses on different characters and perspectives. A very good listen. I thought the performance was a little overwrought.
Roy Dotrice does an amazing job bringing the characters to life in this intricately plotted story of palace intrigue, battles and love. The number of important characters is a bit overwhelming, but it's worth persevering for the excellent storytelling.
A fascinating perspective on TR. Meticulously researched and presented. This book will make you want to go tour the National Parks.
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