My wife read the book, and I picked up her copy, read a few chapters and decided to give it a listen .... I liked it so much I bought a couple more of Ms. Slaughter's books, and I'll add Mr. Kramer to my list of favorite readers!
I gave a valiant effort, and I finished the book ... it felt as if it took as long to listen to this book as it did for these men to build the railroad.
To say that the writing was repetitive and redundant is an understatement. Yes, it's history, written by a historian, but it wasn't necessary to make it as boring as a classroom! I believe there is a close proximity to the number of spikes in the railroad and the number of words in the book ... the spikes were necessary.
He did well, considering with what he was working.
write this review to save other readers the trouble of listening
what a story! Great characters, great plot, great team of author and narrator! I couldn't recommend this book any more highly!
In view of recent events in Libya it becomes even more of a grabber!
Scott Brick could read the phone book and make it sound exciting!
"212" was the second of Ms. Burke's novels for me ... the story grabbed my attention from the first few minutes ... I found myself sitting in the driveway listening way more than I normally do ... definitely made my commute enjoyable!
This was the first of Ms. Burke's works that I've listened ... good story that kept my attention from beginning to end! I'll definately listen to more of her work!
Anything written by James Lee Burke will be, at the very least, great ... anything read by Will Patton, will be wonderfully entertaining ... they make a wonderful team!
I've enjoyed everything I've listened to from Ms. Burke ... but I'm struggling to get through this one ... the narrator's voice, from accent to inflection, is positively destroying the book.
I'm going to avoid Ms. Bobbitt in the future.
The history was fascinating, and I learned alot, in spite of a reader who wasn't very familiar (in my opinion) with the material ... his sense of timing and punctuation via vocal inflection was, and I don't mean to be unkind, atrocious, nearly to the point of keeping me from finishing the book. It was only because of the storyline that I was able to continue to the end.
In short, I recommend the author and the history; I will avoid the reader in the future.
I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it ... in fact, I only bought it because I think I would even buy and enjoy listening to Scott Brick narrating the entire NYC telephone directory!
It took me a couple of hours to "get into" the book ... as much as I enjoy histories, this seemed a little bit dry ... but then I got into the rhythm ... and it came to life.
If you've ever been to Newport, Rhode Island, and you've seen the incredible cottages of the "Gilded Age" or been to the mountains of North Carolina to visit the Biltmore, or even if your only "taste" of the history of the era was the movie "Titanic" you'll appreciate this masterwork docu-drama-mystery!
I've spent some time in Chicago, so the areas, buildings, and names were familiar. I've spent time there in brutal summer heat, and in agonizing winter's cold, which gives even more understanding to the environment. I remember attending the New York World's Fair way, way back in the 1960's and thinking about the amazing feat of putting that together ... and to interpolate that task back to the 1890's was wonderful fun!
I heartily recommend it!
the author is great, the story spell-binding, and Scott Brick's narration brings it all to life ... I stayed awake way, way too late to finish this one!
The end came too soon, and was a total surprise! I'm shopping now for the next outing for these characters!
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