This is a story that would have been received differently prior to Sept 11, 2001. In the first half the author presents parallel two stories: DW Griffith, filmaker, and Billy Byrnes, private detective. In the second half, the personal and public battles rage around the allegedly illegal arrests and trials of the perpetrators of the 1910 LA Times bombing. The story drags in some spots but they are few. The reader has a nice voice and reads well.
This story was told from the point of view of those who worked on the commission. It was interesting to hear how some of the members changed their views as the investigation progressed and how some stuck with their initial impressions no matter what evidence they came across. At first they decried the conspiracy theorists, but later understood why people still questioned who was actually involved in this henious crime. Everyone comes in for their share of criticism but in the end, the CIA, the Hoover era FBI and the Secret Service all still need to account for their lapses in sharing information before and after the assassination. Is it any wonder that conspiracy theories thrive when so many questions remain unanswered?
The narrator was good.
Not really. If Hollywood got hold of this, a lot of the historical facts would probably be lost in favor of more drama.
Scott Brick is a very good reader. He reminds me of Frank Muller.
Author/reader used tracks from live congressional hearings to demonstrate the outrage of how Madoff got away with his scheme for so long.
I thought the author's recommendations were good but hard to implement because, whether he likes it or not, politicians pass the legislation on which policy and regulations are based. In this time of sequestration, few people will ask for more funds and put their promotion chances in jeorpardy. Also, comparing the SEC to the IRS is not fair. The IRS brings in revenue for the government by collecting taxes. Most other agencies spend money, although that is their job, cutting costs in budgets is what gets people promoted. Time will tell how any changes are implemented and how effective they will be.
The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.
Anyone who knew how to speak French.
I would recommend this audiobook to an ancient history or roman history buff.
I cannot say I had a favorite ceaser because I learned new or different facts/gossip about each. The author had a unique viewpoint of the 12 and it was interesting to compare, say, the history of Claudius to the work of Claudius translated by Robert Graves.
His narration was adequate.
I wanted to listen to this in parts rather than try to take it all in at one listen. Some stories were a little juicier than others and I wanted to listen to them more than once.
I do not know if I would listen to another book written solely by Preston. This is too bad because I like the Preston/Child duo. Sowers was decent narrator, had good pronuciation on most words I knew.
It was too easy for me to guess the premise of the story and who was responsible for the
None of the characters engaged me. As mentioned by previous reviewers, the characters were stereo-typed.There was no real hero, although I suppose there were distinct villians.
I would not bother to see this if it were made into a film.
This book ranks very high among the books I have listened to so far because it covers the impressions of the writers and actors who actually worked on the show rather than some 3rd party commentator. The author covered all of the stories to include the ones that were not included in the syndication.
Like the author, I favored the stories with Burgess Meredith. He was a brilliant actor in any genre.
The accents were pretty good and his Rod Sterling impressions brought the humor that should have been there. There was also tragedy and bewilderment, well portrayed by the narrator.
I did want to listen to the entire book in one sitting. I kept going back over the parts I wanted to hear over again.
This is a reading of a compendium so listeners shouldn't expect this to listen like other nonfiction works.
I was soooo happy when Audible finally got all 3 of the Bruce Catton series. No one book can cover an entire epoch but Catton does a great job in capturing the personalities of the Civil War. Make sure you also listen to "The Coming Fury" and "Never Call Retreat" to complete the set. Nelson Runger is my favorite reader for historical works and he does a great job with the entire 60+ hours of material. You can also listen to Shelby Foote's version for another take on this important American event.
I was soooo happy when Audible finally got all 3 of the Bruce Catton series. No one book can cover an entire epoch but Catton does a great job in capturing the personalities of the Civil War. Make sure you also listen to "Terrible Swift Sword" and "Never Call Retreat" to complete the set. Nelson Runger is my favorite reader for historical works and he does a great job with the entire 60+ hours of material. You can also listen to Shelby Foote's version for another take on this important American event.
Samuel L. Jackson is probably the only actor (possibly besides Eddie Murphy in his early years) who could get away with this. Mr. Jackson has a great voice for narration. I hope to hear his clean stuff. If profanity offends you, this short listen is NOT for you. The F-word is throughout as well as other swear words. This would be recommended for parents who can relate to reading a story at bedtime with a kid who just won't go to sleep.
My problem with the book was that I saw the film first and loved it. I was hoping the film was true to the book, but it was not. The basics are the same, but the major differences make the book experience somewhat different and a little lacking for me. I did enjoy some of the characters, although Mildred seemed to come across as more naive than ruthless. Normally I don't listen to female narrators, but this one was okay. She played a better Veda than Mildred, breathing more life and evil into that soulless child. Overall, the book did not emotionally grab me as the film did.
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