I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a story of adolescence, of rocket science, and of life in West Virginia mining towns. Beau Bridges' reading is brilliant. Unfortunately, this is only available in Format 2 audio and it sounds like it is being read over an intercontinental phone line. Also, I was disappointed after listening to the book to realize that it is an abridged version. Despite these shortcomings, it is highly recommended!
For the first few minutes, I found it difficult to follow the show and almost considered stopping it. However, I kept listening and did not regret it! The comedy genius of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie shines in this very, very funny show from the late 80s. Be warned that a lot of the humor is based on British culture, history, politics, and radio. Between that fact and the fast pace of the show, it can be difficult to follow. Even though I have spent a lot of time in the UK over the past 20 years, I still probably missed 80% of the gags. Nonetheless, the 20% that I did get had me rolling on the floor.
After seeing this described everywhere as the definitive book on the Six Day Way, I was a bit apprehensive about buying it as I really don't have the patience for long, drawn out details of battles. My concerns were very quickly dispelled as the book immediately pulls you into the intrigue of international diplomacy, regional politics, and the very human side of the cast of characters involved in this watershed event in Middle East history. The book reads like a thriller while still being complete and accurate in its portrayal of the events of the war. Unfortunately, the narrator, while generally very good does not know how to properly pronounce many of the Arabic and Hebrew words in the original text but this is only a minor annoyance. Overall, highly recommended!
Intelligent and Funny. Jack Dee is one of the funniest comedians around today. Although the book has a few slow parts, it is more than made up for by the rest.
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