I wasn't immediately hooked on this series. I liked it a lot, but I found it hard to get into the books.
I loved the last one so much that I realized there was a world developing and with each book the richness and intensity increased.
Nonetheless, I was not wild about butch, thinking him only a minor character, and disliking his OCD taste in fine clothes.
Boy was I in for a trip when I read this. Butch ROCKS, Miranda is so amazing, and I love her transition. Vicious has definitely shown his strange side, perhaps worst than Z's used to be.
As more of this world develops, I am smitten and addicted.
I admit I love Revenge too. Can't wait for his story.
Oh and this does not lack in sexy scenes. The tender scene in hospital is hot! That's all I'll say. :)
I am mystified that this book doesn't have a higher rating. Perhaps it's a factor of expectations; for the book is not pure history, but more a discussion of interesting events, really looking at the facts and dissecting the motives and hidden agendas that accompany many stories told by the founding fathers themselves. Having just finished 5 biographies of the founding fathers, the stories were fresh in my mind, making these discussions very interesting and offering a fresh perspective to the pivotal events of the time. Had I listened to this book before reading the other detailed biographies, my experience may have been very different.
For those with an interest and basic knowledge of early American history, I definitely recommend this book. The follow-up to this book, American Creation, is perhaps even better than this. I really like the approach taken by Ellis, even if I don't agree with all his arguments. He presents a fascinating discussion and thorough analysis of many notable historical moments. His style is compelling, thought-provoking and well-balanced. The overall effect of his writing style truly brings history to life. I know sounds cliché, but it is absolutely true.
The narration is excellent. The perfect match for the style of the book.
I was not interested in the life of Rockefeller when I bought this. I got it truly bc of the reviews and the fact that it was one of the only Chernow books NOT narrated by Scott Brick. (Sorry I know lots like him, but I've gotten a little tired Scott brick.)
I knew about Roosevelt's trustbusting and Ida Tarbel's newspaper attacks, but not from the perspective of those who were victims of much scrutiny and hatred. Tarbel in particular went too far.
I sludged through first two or three hours, then I was hooked. I learned SO much about how big businesses worked back then. The most interesting part of book for me was the way the family charities evolved into serious organizations whose members won Nobel prizes for curing diseases and saving countless lives. Many will be surprised at the state of medicine in America before the Rockefeller Institute for scientific research in medicine. The charities are so numerous. I especially was impressed with his work to raise education in the south.
Chernow is an outstanding historian. He covers every aspect of every story. Good and bad. He creates both the savage business man and the well meaning family man. He shows us the humanity that was lost on so many others who abused him personally about his looks and his illness, they even attacked his family. I did feel sorry for the man at times!
Definitely interesting and beyond well-written. Great Performance by Grover Gardner!! As usual... (Why didn't he read George Washington????)
I have a long list of finished books that I haven't reviewed. Despite the this backup, I had to stop everything to write about this book.
This true story is compelling beyond anything Ive read recently. Maybe it isn't the best book ever written, but it is one of the most addictive and fascinating true stories. It will stick with me for a long time to come. Well written and VERY WELL READ!! I didn't know what to expect when I got this, but the intensity of story and of the delivery by the narrator had me hooked withing the first few minutes. I also learned a great deal about commercial deep sea diving. It's unbelievable what these guys do!
The story is intense, tragic, but hopeful in the end.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes climbing or other survival/expedition type books. I recommend it to anyone really.
There are a few silly metaphors that made me cringe a few times, so I can't say this author is going to win any great literary awards. But he has a fine style of writing that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know more. It was very well written for the action, suspense and intensity. I didn't want it to end!!
Also for this particular story, there is no one better fit as narrator. I'm wasn't familiar with David Lawrence. But he gave an excellent performance!! I'll keep my eye out for both author and narrator in the future!
I was surprised to see the other reviews for this book.
This is an outstanding story of tragedy and survival for a group of elite climbers who rarely get the spotlight: the Sherpas.
The book also shines the spotlight on a mountain peak that might be overlooked because it is not as high as Everest, but it turns out that K2 is actually considered the most dangerous mountain in the world. The tragedy that occurred on its peak in 2008 is shocking!
The book explains the culture and history of the native mountain climbers, often referred to as Sherpas. We get to know a little about the climbers who were trying for the K2 summit. The politics and cultural issues that surrounded the 2008 climb all play a part in the life and death struggle of these climbers. It makes for a very compelling book. I couldn't stop listening!
The narrator is excellent.
The only problem I had was my own fault- it was difficult to remember the unfamiliar names of each climber. I was a little confused during the critical moments of the story, trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. I had to go back a little at that point to clarify the sequence of events.
The author is very neutral and does not place blame on any one or any group. It is obvious that those involved did place blame, and there was significant friction and drama when the event was over.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book!
Meant for Audio!!! I'm not sure if I would have attempted this book in print, but I was addicted to the audiobook!
I don't have the words to describe the experience of listening to this audiobook. It is a true masterpiece of Historic Nonfiction.
Yes, it's compelling, amazingly well-researched, well-written, interesting and very important. The book has won many awards, no surprise there! It is a remarkable work.
Don't let that scare you away!
This great forgotten piece of history is accessible and tremendously interesting.
Initially, I had no particular interest in the topic. I have read/listened River of Doubt by Candice Millard. It is the brilliantly written story of Teddy Roosevelt's unbelievably dangerous and semi-suicidal trip through unknown lands of the Amazon. The trip actually takes place after the events in this book. I was more than impressed with Roosevelt after that story. That was my only real frame of reference, besides the story that goes around about Taft becoming so corpulent that he became stuck in a bathtub.
A whole world was opened for me through The Bully Pulpit. These men and their wives and friends became three dimensional. I felt the entire range of human emotion listening to this book. Why doesn't history get taught like this in school??
This topic turned out to be far more essential and important than I could have realized. I think it is a book everyone should read (listen to actually) because it tells of a pivotal time in American History. These were the last decades of America as a fledgling country. As this book ends, and through the actions of the very characters if this book, America begins a new chapter as an emerging superpower.
This is also the story of a friendship that guides the country. Ultimately that friendship will turn into something ugly and sad. It will change the career and lives of Taft and Roosevelt forever.
I was actually a little bit lost when I finished this mammoth audiobook. I had a hard time finding anything to hold my interest, much less anything up to the standard of this writing. I hope to see much more from this author in the future!!!
One of my favorites. A must read NOW. Amazing writing, outstanding performance by Simon Vance, overall one of the most charming book I've listened to this year.
It is a really interesting, quirky and, at times, laugh-out loud funny memoir of one couple's experiences living on tiny island in the South Pacific. I made my husband listen even before I finished.
I don't know why I didn't listen sooner. Don't pass this up!
This is an outstanding story!! It has a magic quality that I can't put my finger on, but I loved it so much that I went and bought other books by the author when I was only 1/2 way through!!
This adventure is actually born of tragedy in the author's life. William Least Heat-Moon was separated from his wife when he lost his teaching job. With no prospects for the near future, Moon decides to travel the country using back roads and sleeping in his truck, which he converted it into a sort of make-shift RV. Along the way, he meets many interesting, compelling and charming people. He travels to a variety of fascinating destinations, some unknown and some famous, and some with really strange names! He delves into all kinds of issues with the people he meets. Some issues are serious and important, and some are just strange and humorous. The result of it all is the adventure of a lifetime. A true JOY to read!
Im pretty sure Blue Highways was first published in 1983. Fortunately, I didn't know that when I started listening. I might have skipped the book, considering it too dated to be of interest for me. In fact, Least Heat-Moon began his drive through the U.S. in 1978, the year I was born. After only a few chapters though, I was hooked. This book is anything but dated!! Don't get me wrong, some of his experiences don't reflect the the current state of things; for example, his encounters with racism in the Deep South were shocking to me and far worse in 1978 than in 2013. But this is incredibly relevant. It feels really good to see how far we've come as a country. It gives hope that the positive changes will continue. Moon also discusses the changes in the cities he visits. Exploring the histories with the people who live there and love their city.
For me, the most touching aspect of the story involves issues that are timeless, issues that involve the complexities of human nature. The search for spiritual balance, the contrast of the religious and the secular, the desire to be isolated or to be social, the fundamental need to connect and understand people of different cultures, ages, and backgrounds...
I was really blown away by Moon's beautiful writing style. It's very human, thought provoking, and quite clever! As an audiobook, this was a sheer joy!
I wish more books like this were available on audible. It was the most thrilling and uplifting story I've read in a long time! I wasn't sure I'd be interested in a rowing team from 1936, but I was wrong. I LOVED this story!
Don't pass this book up. You need not know a thing about rowing. Often rowing is associated with Ivy League snobs, or dapper Englishmen from Oxford. This book will change that misconception! You might even become a fan of the sport. :)
Perfect narration, incredible story! Easily the best audiobook of 2013.
I was thrilled with this book. Jeremy Wade makes it look Very Easy on TV... Here's the real story!!!
River Monsters is a fantastic tv show about World-Class Angler Jeremy Wade and the completely bizarre monstrous creature he catches around the world. This book brings a true inside look at what happens behind the scenes.
Jeremy Wade is not only an amazing angler, but he also possesses a compelling screen presence that makes the show addictive. Similarly Jeremy is a fantastic narrator! I listened to the book twice in a row.
I've always been curious about his life and how became such talented angler. The book gives us glimpses into his early life. He also gives fabulous insight into his near obsession and years of dedication to find certain fish.
Short and Sweet.... And really Scary!!! Famous author of Jaws tells us what he knows about sharks, and what we should know about the ocean. It's quite edifying. I was surprised how much experience he had diving. Although he tries to make the ocean safer by imparting very important safety tips, I came away with sheer horror that I ever swam in the sea! After listening to this book, I realized how scary and wild the ocean really is.
Now perhaps I'm being slightly melodramatic. Ignorance is bliss. I realized that I had been doing many of the worst and most dangerous behaviors! I seriously will not be swimming in water beyond my feet anytime soon. :) (I'm kidding...mostly)
Seriously, this book is really important for anyone who loves ocean, especially for anyone with children!! I have always loved the sea and am a strong swimmer, but I was ignorant to much of what the author explains in the book. Human instinct is not enough when swimming the oceans.
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