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.
Another page turner from Rosenberg. You feel that you are in the middle of a gripping tale from the first few pages. Part three, here I come.
This one will grab your interest from the beginning and hold it throughout. The characters are well developed for the most part. Narration is superb.
The narration was superb with the exception of Abe's whiny Jewish voice.
The story was well set up with the life of the plaintiff and of the defendant up to the trial. The trial itself came across as over-the-top Jewish propaganda. I usually like Uris's writing, especially in Exodus. This one is set up in its entirety to show how anti-Semitic views in even the most otherwise-noble person turn that person into an indescribably monster. I agree that the concentration camps were indescribably horrible and that the Jewish people were wronged as a race. However, this book is so one-sided in its defense of the Jews and its condemnation of others that it looses credibility. With that caveat, it is a story that will hold your interest (with the exception of the repetitive courtroom description of atrocities.)
This book was almost as good as The Killer, the first book in the series. The plot held my interest, but I had to suspend my disbelief a bit more this time. Getting out of three impossible situations within a couple of hours seems beyond the realm of possibility.
This book held my attention throughout. I did enjoy it, but I would have preferred a little less shooting and a little more character development.
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.
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