I was looking for a book on Native American religions and unfortunately due to the dirth of material available on audible on this subject the choices are limited. The good aspect of this is that this book covers a huge amount of information over a vast amount of time and area. This means that you dont get to learn alot of details about any specific tribe or regions but get a quick run down on the main points and differences of each region. The material presented is very interesting and done very well. Overall this book is great if you want to learn about a large amount of tribes and how they came to be in the Americas. This is a greater starter book for background information.
I decided that I rectify the terrible situation which was my knowledge of American history, due to no small part that history lessons tend to put me into a deep sleep that many of my past teachers have come to rue. However I found this book both entertaining and informative. The author and narrator do an excellent job of taking material that could be bland and ZZZZ worthy and making it accesible to the average listener. To this I found myself sitting in the car 10 minutes after I was home to hear what Ben did next. Brands covers not only the big important events that Franklin was apart of but the smaller things things that made him the man he was and does so with out losing the interest of the listener. If you are interested in learning about one of the most important figures in American history I highly reccomend this book. If only my history teachers in highscool had spoken with the information of Brands and the passion and eloquence of Runger I would be more sleep deprived now but vastly more informed.
I find the character development and plot to be wonderful and entertaining. Brooks does a terrific job of intertwining classic fantasy elements with a man of the modern world and making the clash of the two a enthralling story. However the narrator does a terrible job Willow a beutiful and magical woman sounds like a smoker in drag, ok this happens sometimes with male narrators doing female voices not optimal but understandable. What is not acceptable however is the butchering of Questor Thews and Abernathy their interplay is key to lightning the plot however their quick witted banter becomes dull, and loses the subtle undertones of their relationship. Overall great story and character development that only gets better in the series, which is only brought down by a poor narrator.
The book is slow to start off with and the complicated back story does not help to get you drawn into the story. However once you get past that you find yourself quickly wrapped up into the developing plot. The narrator does an excellent job with voice consistency in his characters and adds extra emphasis to the story by using voices that actually fit each figures persona. If you are the kind of person that likes everything to be wrapped up in one book this one is not for you, however if you enjoyed Tolkein or Martin this is right up your alley.
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