This book has all the elements I look for in a thriller: Believable, likeable characters; a horrific villain;a plot that is believable (in the novel's setting); and a double twist at the end.
After listening to it, I immediately re-listened to the whole of part 2. And although I knew what was coming, it was just as good the second time.
Good story for Jeveniles who like anthropomorphic animal stories (I do).
PRO: A great story that actually teaches about the Western Front of WWI. A satisfying ending.
CON: The strange decision of the narrator to give the horse an accent. The human accents are appropriate and resonably good. But I could not get used to the idea of a horse having a strange, distracting West Country voice. I would have preferred the reader to use his mormal voice for the horse.
I love "what if?" stories, and this series is among the best. Well plotted and great description.
Best feature = the convincingly detailed descriptions of battles, which are obviously strongly influenced by Civil War battles. The author zooms in and out between the whole battle and individual struglles almost like a movie.
Worst feature = the treatment of defeated native foes. I am part native Australian and the treatment of my ancestors was of it's time, but now is so saddening. The 35th Maine in the books treats defeated natives in like fashion. But to give the author his due, that was exactly the way it was done in the nineteenth century.
Summary = We ll worth the time and money for the complete series.
I was expecting a good racy read with some serious sociology mixed in. A bit like "The Joy of Sex" It turned out to be neither. It's a bunch of b-grade erotic stories, most of which read like 100% fiction. If you want that, buy one of Susie Bright's collections. I must admit, though, that the narrator does some excellent British regional accents.
While the material is interesting and insightful to an overseas NFL fan, it would have made a great article for a sports magazine. The long, long passages of description of scenery, and the "he said : she said" slabs of dialogue remind me of my sophomore days, desparately trying to fill a 5000 word assignment when I only had 500 words of content.
Well worth listening to if you are listening to Ted's trilogy (Black, Red, White) as it is the key to what the author's reasoning is.
I had listened to "Enders Game" about two years ago, and thought it was a great reworking of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" (in space). I had a 12 hour train trip through some of the Australian Outback, so I decided to try "Ender's Shadow". From the first chapter, I was so rapt that I deliberately chose single tables for meals so I could keep listening. It is a well-crafted, exciting re-telling of the first novel. It even fills in the plot holes and explains the ambiguities of that book. A must!
Great "behind the scenes" audio-documentary for fans of The Doctor. I loved it. Please note that a lot of it would be incomprehensible if you haven't watched at least a few episodes.
A rattling good scifi adventure in the best traditions of Wells and Asimov. It has a great story, compulsive narrativey, and many points to ponder. I found myself 'rewinding' the story many times, just for the sheer joy of the language.
I bought this because I want to graduate from just being an ebay buyer. I want quick steps to being a seller.
I was very disappointed. Over half the material is just general ebay information and (worse) ebay buying tips! I bought it to learn about selling. The material is fairly thin, and what's annoying is that he starts on some really interesting material, and says "If you want to find out about it, go to my site and buy my book". I ask, why didn't he present the extra selling information thats in his book, rather than wasting time on the buying material?
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