Caustic, witty, scholarly and highly entertaining, Mr. Vidal's book paints a vivid portrait of the post-revolutionary political landscape and the characters who inhabited it. The author delights in drawing parallels with current political and constitutional issues, from the Homeland Security Act to Tony Blair's rise to power. While this may annoy some listeners, it never gets in the way of a pacey narrative that is very well narrated.
The short 'background' segments weaved in to the main narrative.
No, but on starting to write this review I looked at the running time and couldn't believe it was so long: it flew by for me.
The construction of the narrative and quality of the narration made it one of the best Audible history books I've listened to.
Excellent Audible history - up there with the rude boys.
The narrator is excellent. This is a long listen, so the narration is especially important and Sean Barrett's clarity, diction and expression are first class.
The mix of grand strategic overview mixed with the words of soldiers and civilians make this brilliantly written history extremely engrossing. I'm eagerly looking forward to Part 2.
This is a thought-provoking listen, helped by an excellent narrator. Mr. Lanier's expertise makes his skepticism about Web 2.0 culture all the more interesting, but he never rants or preaches. His insistence on the primacy of the individual and of individual creativity in the face of crowd-sourcing and aggregation is particularly convincing and timely.
...hearing the phrase, "This is a short history of Ireland in 240 episodes" 240 times will drive most people insane. I made it up to about 40 before giving up. This was doubly frustrating as the content was enjoyable and informative. Surely these "links" could have been expunged before turning a radio series in to an audiobook.
This is an earlier work by Terry Pratchett and - unlike the "DiscWorld" novels - firmly rooted in contemporary planet earth. It kept me and my kids (12 & 16) entertained and laughing on a long car journey. The narration is beautifully judged and the whole thing shows that the mark of good writing for children is that it can be enjoyed by adults too. For those who have not yet sampled the delights of Pratchett's other books and for those who want to stimulate a love of reading in their kids, this is a great buy.
Like some of the other reviewers, I liked “Longitude” very much and so perhaps found “Planets” more disappointing than I should have. However, the science is often weak, the prose style grating at times (if you want to say that a planet has no atmosphere, just say it rather than that, “It lacks the aegis of air”) and the narrator sounds comatose. How some one who made watches interesting can make planets boring is a mystery, but this book manages it. Bill Bryson’s “Short History of Nearly Everything” is far, far better.
This is superb: funny, scholarly and fascinating. Ms. Vowell?s journey in the footsteps of presidential assassins is one of the best books I?ve downloaded from Audible.
This is a fascinating piece of travel writing/journalism and very well narrated. It focuses upon the stories of those who choose to spend their lives in the harsh and difficult climate of Alaska, whether their families have lived there for centuries or are recent arrivals.
The author clearly shares the infatuation with the landscape and people that leads many Alaskans to strive so hard for the privilege simply of living there, and he invokes the State's beauty and allure with insight and sensitivity. The pieces about the spiritual relationship between native people and the land can go on a bit, but this is a fine and entertaining travel book, highly recommended. Like all good travel writing it makes you want to drop everything and go there.
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