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.
This book is one I will remember for many years. Though there is much sadness, I was laughing out loud (this rarely happens to me) during some stories.
This book starts out as a 5-star book. In the last third it slows down a bit as the story of the third main character is told first person past tense. This part loses some of the energy and character development. Overall, this is still a very good book which I'd recommend.
This was a piece of the war in the Pacific that I knew little about. If you want to learn about some real Aussie heroes, I highly recommend this fine book.
Great conclusion to a wonderful series. Characters well developed. Pacing was excellent and the book was exciting throughout. Highly recommended.
This author combines gripping action with good character development and changes in pacing. This book will hold your interest from start to finish. Narration is extremely well done.
While I would strongly recommend this book if you are reading the series, I found this one to be less political thriller and more Indiana Jones to the extreme. An archaeology expedition amidst dangers and villains is exciting, but I didn't feel that this book was quite as well written as the previous three.
This is an excellent series, especially if the prominent role of Biblical prophecy doesn't offend you. This book was as good as any in the series.
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.)
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