Brideshead Revisited is my favorite Waugh book. It does not have the comic tone of so many of his other works. As I listen I can see many of the scenes from the BBC mini series and almost hear the music in my head. Unlike so many other books adapted for movies or TV most of the scenes are verbateum from the book.
I read this book years ago when if first came out and liked it then. Rereading, listening to it on Audible, prompted me to pick the book up again as well.
I have recomended this book to a number of people who have no knowledge of "The Great Game" and it's relevance to the events of the last ten years in the former Raj.
The story is one third romance, one third adventure, and one third serious history of the Second Afgan War. I have read quotes from a number of British officers from that war that sound like they could have been made today.
Winds of War & War and Remeberance are really one huge story in two volumes. Wouk tells the story of WWII through the eyes of a navy family. He also makes use of the device of a counter view of the war through the eyes of a German Genral Staff officer writing from prison after the war, which book is edited and translated by Victor Henry the head of the family at the center of the book.
This is a great well told story with a solid basis in history. While one could argue about the areas of empisis its still a great listen.
Robert A. Caro has done a fantastic job in this volume in his life of LBJ. I have lived in Texas for many years and to hear some of the background of public and not so public figures that I have heard of but did not know to much about is a real plus. The author niether glorifies or denigrates LBJ but seems to try to explain this very complex man.Since this is the fourth volume on the life of LBJ it gives some background and even referes to spcific chapters of prior volumes.The only series that seems to be comparable is the multi volume work on Churchill by Martin Gilbert, which I have read is the longest biography in the english language.
Grover Gardner's narration is excellent. He is neither overly dramatic nor to dry in his naration.
One of the things about this book that I really like are the authors comments about other books written about LBJ and puts them in prespective.My regret is that the first two volumes of this series does not seem to be on audilbe which is a real lack.
I have become a real fan of Richard Russo. His very best it seems to me was Nobody's Fool. That Old Cape Magic has echos of Straight Man without some of humor of the later.
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