charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
I would put it near the top of my second tier. I thought it was really good and I plan on reading the rest of the series.. I purchased it based on recommendation from an audible listener I follow (Michael) and I agree with his overall assessment. Initially I thought it was a bit juvenile but as the story went on I found myself contextualizing it in the era it was written and found it to be charming and entertaining. Not heavy handed or dark, but well plotted, clever and a lot of fun.
This is my first reading of Varley and overall II thought it was great. You just have to realize that this is classic, Sci Fi from the 1970's and though I wouldn't cal it dated it is emblematic of that classic period in Sci FI. Good stuff.
Sciraco is probably the template for many strong female leads. I grew to like her and she really drives the whole story.
She was stunning in Hyperion, and she is equally good here. the material is less heavy, almost light hearted and she does a great job.
Read the book instead!!!!!!
Great production, Good story, well worth the credit. Escapist Sci Fi at its best.
Many readers will come to this book thinking it a "how to" book, similar to Born to Run and the minimalist running movement. It is not and in some ways this is a better book. My favorite authors have a natural curiosity and share that with readers. McDougall clearly is interested in natural health and an non-commercial approach to fitness and play. This comes across in this book as he weaves stories about WW2, diet, exercise and an approach to life that links us back to the Greek Heroic ideal. The writing is very good, his subjects are well researched and overall I thought this was a stronger book than Born to Run but much different in scope and narrative.
I enjoyed his discussion of triathlon athletes and diet. His introduction of the Maffetone Method and the impact it had on legendary athletes was eye opening. I also enjoyed how he linked Spartan Races and the boom in OCR to natural exercise. This is why I think any amateur athlete will enjoy this book. McDougall's enthusiasm and curiosity is something he is sharing with like minded readers. I found many worthwhile ideas, combined into a historical narrative. Well done.
Probably how the people of the small town in Crete reacted to the ultimatum by the Butcher. Sad, funny and heroic at the same time.
A Band of Misfits Outwits the Nazi's
I have read other comments stating there are too many ideas in this book and that it rambles. I disagree. McDougall has a perspective and it is well researched within a historical narrative. The ideas presented are woven within this narrative giving the book more complexity than many sports or how to books currently available. In this way this is a more complicated approach but the payoff is greater in terms of information and enjoyment. Highly recommend.
I thought it was well done, had a ton of good ideas for the average athlete. This is an easy, short listen but well worth the time.
My Life on the Run, Eat to Win, Born to Run were similar in tone. What sets this book apart is that all of the ideas can be used by the amateur. Don't be put off my his ultra credentials if you are a weekend runner. The concepts are adaptable and they work.
I thought he did a good job. He didn't wound too polished, which lent credibility to the reading. This is not a literature book, its more of a memoir and he did a great job.
I never listen in one sitting, but this is a short book and got through it pretty quickly. It was enjoyable.
There are a lot of running books and most are not very good. Many are just a recap of a freakish athlete and their accomplishments. As an amateur athlete who does Spartan Races and marathons I am looking for inspiration and information I can use to further my humble goals. This book provided that without any fame adulation usually associated with this category. I recommend this book to any amateur athlete who wants to improve their performance and mindset. Well done.
I enjoyed the contrast between the American Militia and the British Regiments. These styles had a significant impact on the war's outcome.
The war had as much to do with the formation of America as it did with the formation of Canada. Fascinating.
I think he did. History books are a different narration style, in my opinion. Though dramatic they don't have the same weight of a dramatized narrative. I though he did a good job.
Yes and there is one. It does not get generally good reviews on Audible but intend on purchasing it anyway.
The thing I liked about the book is that it focused on the battles and the facts. Less so on on the development of character myth making. This allowed the facts of this fascinating portion of American history to shine. Well done.
Not sure I liked anything the least....this was a solid overview of the French/Indian War. Well researched and providing background on the key players.
This war set the stage for a country on the brink of the revolution. The ending set that up nicely.
There were a ton of French references in this book, he portrayed them well. I thought he did a very good job.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to catch up on this era of history. Hard core history buffs might find it too simplistic but it helped me fill in some gaps on my knowledge of the country during this early era. Well worth the effort.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.
No but it has peaked my interest on other historical books covering the same era.
Astoria, another book in the Audible Library that describes the population of the American Northwest.
Hard to say...he had an over the top narration style that I really enjoyed. He gave characters an inflection and style that made me laugh sometimes. I read books for entertainment and Bernard breathed life into characters that would be unbelievable expect for one thing. They all really existed.
"People Were Tougher Than You in the 1800's"
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in American History.
I like history books that are told from a narrative perspective. The riveting story of how the richest man in America and one of our most famous presidents teamed to explore and colonize the Northwest was fascinating. Like America itself the story is big and contains the best and the worst of the American experience.
Gold Rush, another Audible title that works well in the same way. Great narrative, terrific historical perspective and solid narration. There is no ideological bent to these stories, the facts are conveyed and conveyed in an entertaining and thought provoking manner.
He did a book job. He was a bit understated, but that did not bother me in the least.
Probably not, but that does not diminish the power of the story or my respect for the people who actually lived it.
An Audible subscription is a great way to fill in science and history information that you may not have paid attention to in school, or needed for your career. I prefer these types of books Great Courses books. This is not a lecture but a narrative that fills in the gaps you may have had about the early 1800's and how America fought for legitimacy. Good stuff, highly recommend.
I am an amateur Obstacle Course Athlete and Martial Artist. I recently participated in the Battlefrog Series Obstacle Course Races organized by the Navy Seals. I highly recommend this race series. I purchased this book to get insight into Seal training and to prep for my race mentally. To say that these men are fitter than any pro or amateur athlete I am aware of would be an understatement. This book is a daily diary of the Navy Seal training, and the regiment dwarfs any NFL training camp or fighting routine. If you are interested in understanding what it really takes to being shape, both mentally and physically this book will provide some context. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Running with the Kenyans, Life on the Run, Inside Seal Team Six.
Military personnel will enjoy this book and it is accessible to non-military (like myself), who are just interested in how Seal train and become Seals. Eye opening.
He did a good job. With this type of material it is possible to sound condescending or fawning in praise. He did neither. He delivered the facts so taht the listening can absorb and understand the materiel in a clear manner.
What these men endure is very impressive. As a civilian I came away with respect but also some life lessons. Everyone can give their best and dedicate themselves to their goals. This book may not be template for the average athlete but it is very inspirational.
If you are interested in this material, I highly recommend the Battlefrog Race Series organized by navy Seals. It is a way to interact with these men and gain insight into what we could all be if we applied the navy Seal attitude in our personal lives.
Mann is not a historian, as a result this book is accessible for the layman. His journalistic approach to explaining the history of the Americas is understandable and fascinating. His approach is offer a survey of different options on the subject and as a result it is devoid of agenda or revisionism. I enjoyed it immensely.
The entire book laid waste to fallacies about what I was taught in High School about Indian life prior to English settlement. This is not an idealized view of Indian life, rather a thorough explanation of how people developed on a continent that was free of outside influence for millions of years. Fascinating.
He could be a bit dry at times but that could be a result of the material. Since there is not real plot in this book, major portions are multi subject lectures on a topic. Not a criticism but a challenge for a narrator. I thought he did a very good job.
I rarely do that, but I did find I was listening to it when I normally would have turned it off. I think this is a good indication that it held my interest and proves how well it was done.
I prefer these types of book to the Great Course series. I find the book format on history and other foundational subjects is better done using this approach. i recommend this book to anyone interested in supplementing their current knowledge of history. Very well done.
Maybe not again, but it has inspired me to learn more about the Inca's Aztecs and Mesa-American cultures. Fascinating.
In the later part of the book the author describes the yearlong trek of several ship wrecked Conquistadors that were the archetype of "going native". I found this particularly interesting and provided a lot of insight into the daily lives of native people.
I thought he did a great job, and he added to the story in many ways. His British accent was well suited to the primary material and his Spanish affectations were helpful in distinguishing Incas rules in particular. Well done.
I am not really a movie fan. This book is broken into 3 primary stories, all of which are well known through historical documentation. the author travels to these areas and brings the stories to life through his first person account of the terrain and people he encounters. I have a novice interest in anthropology and this provided a great introduction and overview into this subject.
This book is not revisionist history, nor does it attempt to rationalize European colonialism. It is a fair account of a difficult period in world history, but one that had some level of inevitability. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding more about how the Americas were formed. Very well done.
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