I am writing this review for both volumes and putting it in both places. This is a well narrated story written by what has been described as the best biographer of the 20th Century about a man who was perhaps the greatest man to live in the 20th Century. What's not to like?
Both volumes have advantages over the other (listed below), but bottom line is that both are marvelous works. I doubt too many will be able to read Volume I without soon proceeding to Volume II. Volume I pluses include a better narrator (***** vs ****) (I was impressed with his mature Churchill voice and amazed that he started with a good child Churchill and gradually aged him into the famous voice we all love!), a more narrative/chronological layout as opposed to more topical, and illumination of the transition of the Victorian age through WWI and up to the Depression. This is a time of which I knew little relative to what came before and after. Volume II has the obvious advantage of fleshing out the rise of Hitler and explaining how the Appeasers were a product of their times.
I know it will take close to 80 hours to listen to both, but the time will fly and you will wish you could listen to Volume III, which was unfortunately never written. Both books are great though I slightly preferred the first volume.
Such a heart-wrenching story and so beautifully written. I can't remember crying during a book since A Tale of Two Cities a few years ago; I did a bit for this one. The horrors of the Final Solution hit home. Though this story has some unusual twists, it seems so believable because some among the millions who suffered must have had similar experiences.
This series of books is excellent. I had read all of the previous books in print. This one was very good, but not at the level of the others in the series. Was it because of the audio format? Not sure. I didn't just commiserate quite as much with the travails of Uhtred in this one, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
This was a rip-roaring adventure. I loved it from the first page (literally) to the last page.
I have never been disappointed in a Shaara (either Jeff or Michael) book. This was slightly disappointing perhaps because of my expectation level. My first Shaara experience on Audible. Maybe this one would be as good as the many others I had read in print. The battles are more difficult to visualize with no maps at least for me.
Look at the title and the cover art. Then read it if you still want to. The story is exciting and holds your interest.
I found this book to be interesting to a degree, and I cared enough about William Stoner to want to finish it. Imagine a boring, depressing life. Then ask a friend to help you make it more boring and depressing. That's Stoner's life.
I love historical fiction, and the time period fascinates me. However, the story was just above average. The monks were not developed beyond caricature levels, and the plot was a bit slow. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.
that LBJ did it. A great deal of circumstantial evidence. Though circumstantial, enough of it to make defending Johnson seem impossible. The story is interesting; however, it comes across as a bit of a research paper with a lot of name dropping.
I preferred the earlier book in this series, The Rabbit Factory. The ending of this one just flopped a bit in my opinion
This book does move quickly from the beginning, and I feared I would loose track of the many players. I printed out a family tree of the Plantagenets; I HIGHLY recommend you do the same. With that in hand, the book was much easier to follow. Re the narrator, I disagree with the prevalent view; Case is an expressive reader despite his apparent pomposity.
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