clovis, CA, United States
I read audio books for two reasons: to learn and to be entertained. This book does both. I had never heard this story, even though I have read many books about world war II and about true crime. I came across this book by accident when I was ordering an Eric Larson book. Just like Larson, in books such as "Devil in the White City", this author uses the backdrop of History as he tells the story of a mad man. Also like Larson, he is able to keep the reader yearning for more with every chapter. The narration is terrific. I usually prefer the narrator to just read the darned book, without too much dramatic interpratation. The fact that this narrator, however, speaks using the French and German accents when quoting really brings the story to life. I love this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
Really got a lot out of this book. I find human nature facinating, and this author breaks down out decision making process. Great narrator, and I really enjoyed the humor.
I must admit, I was not a big fan of Hillenbrand's writing. Did not really care for "Seabiscuit". However, she did a fantastic job of researching this story and the narration was excellent. The abosolute horror these prisoners had to endure, and endure they did, was nothing short of amazing. The only other story of human triumph that I can think of that comes close is the story of Sir Ernest Shackelton's and his journey. I read audio books in my work vehicle, and I drive quite a bit in my job. I found myself taking the longer routes and not minding traffic, just to get a bit more listening in before I reached my destination. I must warn any potential readers, this book is full of extereme human suffering and some of the most evil, dispicable men I have ever read about.On the other side, however, is such an amazing story of perseverance through so much adversity that there are no words to really describe it. I found myself crying at times when reading how bad these men were treated, and crying when reading of how they overcame. If you like history and stories of human triumph, this is a must read.
When it comes to non-fiction writers that can combine two interlocking stories, Larson has no peer. I read audio books for two reasons: to learn and to be entertained. I learned so much I did not know about the rise of the Third Reich, and had never heard anything about our diplomats living in Germany at that time. Larson weaves a great story with so much detail and vividness. I can't imagine the time it took to do the research needed to write a book such as this, but I am so glad that he did.
I learned so much interesting information from this book. Many of the accepted methods of proving and explaining how statistics and math play out are debunked using plain, easy to understand terms. I also appreciated the humor. Great read, and if you get audio books to both learn something and be entertained, as I do, this will be a great addition to your library.
I must first admit, I am a fan of the Rolling Stones. Maybe not a superfan, who knows all about all of their carrers, but still a fan. But after reading this, I am now a HUGE Keith Richards Fan!. This book seems to be an honest account of an amazing life, warts and all. The authour pulls no punches regarding his herion addiction and his other indescrections. Many other rock and roll authors have done the same, but seem to be bragging about their exploits. Mr. Richards just tells it like it was and is. He comes off as a very likeable guy, and extremely funny and intelligent. He has lived quite a life, and is not afraid to come clean about everything. Loved it, and recommend it to anyone who likes a good, fun read.
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