A sermon rather than a good story.
I hate to admit it, but I was totally unfamiliar with the USS HOUSTON and the fate of her crew. This is an amazing story that keeps narrative coherence notwithstanding the dispersion of the crew and the passage of time. I highly recommend this book for persons interested in the WWII navy, POWs or Japan's attempt to wage war in India by building a southeast Asian railway.
This was a great story, but the narrative drifted from time to time like tidal eddies. Also, the narrator's mispronunciation of some words (such as Admiral Spruance's name) left me gagging. Great listen, though.
This is a really well-told story, but should be coupled with other books about this battle so that the listener can get a big picture overview of what happened. The author made several jabs at different admirals (Halsey, for instance), but was unwilling to pass his own judgment. Instead, the author attributed the criticisms to others. Enough time has passed and enough details are public where the author should have been willing to pass judgment and critique the big picture of fleet strategies and execution of tactics.
A key weakness of the audio book is that the battle descriptions cried out for printed maps, something not currently available from Audible. (HINT, HINT, Audible -- how hard would it be to provide supplemental material such as maps? The hardware that we use to listen is significantly better than it was 5 years ago.)
How many times did the author refer to Proust? Enough already, we get the point. A good story until the last third or so. A unique story, and way of telling a story, but ultimately a flawed and somewhat unsatisfying story.
This is a microcosm view of the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is a more compelling, and more complete story.
The main character is totally unbelievable. The storyline is trite. Don't waste your time. There are better books.
The narrator brings the main character -- and the other characters to life. The voice contains more emotion than words on the page. Bravo to Mr. Bower for a masterpiece.
The emotional connection that the listener develops with the characters. Mr. Roberts' exquisitely drawn characters, the character development over the course of the book and the narrative drive of the story, coupled with the superb performance by Mr. Bower, make this the most engaging and memorable audio book that I have ever listened to.
I am not aware of having listened to any of Mr. Bower's other performances before Shantaram. I will seek out books that he has performed based on Shantaram.
No. The book is far too long to be listened to in one sitting. Further, why deprive yourself of an engaging story by trying to pour the bottle into only one glass.
Don't waste your time or money.
This book is in a genre that I love, yet I quit listening before finishing.
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