Pete was truly ahead of his time. Fascinating life story. What makes it great is the full breath of his life story starting with his father's start in PA to ending with his one boy's last game in college. At a basketball camp run by his dad Press at Juniata College in PA, Pete in the summer before his LSU freshman year, was there practicing some of his more "gifted" shots. It was hard to concentrate on the camp seesions with him in the background nailing shot after shot, some that defied gravity and physics. I got to meet Pete and for some reason he liked to hang with our group (team). He was exactly as the book described. And he single handed (with the help of four old coaches) destroyed our championship high school varsity. Sad he never got the chance to really team up with Larry Bird the first time the Celtics won the championship in Bird's tenure. He just had too much baggage from an era when you passed with two hands. There was no show time. And that bias carried to his boys who had great talent as well. He truly was the original show time.
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Well Truman of course. But it is really McCullough and how he brings a unique quality to history
One of the best narrators. Perfect pace and great voice.
How Truman turned the tide on the 1948 presidential election with the whistle stop campaign that targeted the Every day American.
The section on the Korean was fascinating on how the US recovered all the lost gain and pushed back to the 38th parallel so quickly. Had they only stopped at that point. He did fully understand the Russians were behind it and proof came years later when the change of power in Russia brought it to a halt.
The technical story build up was fascinating and kept my interest and deserved a far better ending. Multiple story lines converged nicely than is was over leaving you actually checking the playback device to see if it skipped anything. Perfomrance was bad. Normal reading voice was great but the character voices were for the most part distracting and not believable. I don't think a female aviator and high ranking officer is going to have the voice of a 13 year old girl.
Weak ending and disappointing end particulary given the strong story build up.
He should not do alternative voices. Many not believeable and poor editing requiring continual adjustement of volume level. He should just use his reaing voice.
No. Ending was too weak and left minimal direction for a follow-on although I am sure there will be one or is one already.
Details of print versions tend to embed in your memorya bit better but I did not have that situation here. I did have to go back several times and re-listen to a segment to truly believe it
His obsession with getting the user experience as perfect as possible. Although I do not use Apple products I now understand the why people will pay more and wait in line for them.
Although it was not practical to listen to in one sitting I did find myself sitting in the car in my driveway hoping to find a good break in the reading that never seemed to occur
The historical background of the South Fork Dam was fascinating from it original purpose as a supply of water for the canal system to its final use as a resort and how ownership went from the State of PA to the wealthy of Pittsburgh. This really changes any perspective you have on fault and liability, particularly given Johnstown was already in the middle of one of its worse floods before the damn let loose. The description of how the wall of debris and water progressed from the dam through Johnstown and eventually on to Pittsburgh was riveting in detail and power. I found myself on google maps following the trail of desruction and visualizing the lake itself.
The depiction of Johnstown before and after the flood. Johnstown was such a steel powerhouse that if it had not been for the flood the Pittsburgh Steelers may well have been the Johnstown Steelers
This is the my first performance by Edward Herrmann. It was excellent!
Sailing in the Allegheny mountains. If you read the book you will understand
This was truly a perfect storm. Johnstown was esperiencing one of the wettest seasons on record, flood waters were already at highest levels, the combination of ownership transfers and "improvement" steps taken on the damn (in good intention with bad outcome - such as the screen to prevent fish from going over the spillway), and the flood waters gettng a second "wind" at a viaduct where it build up pressure al culminated on the Memorial Day. Only thing missing was it hit during the day and not night.
Yes, the historical nuisances, subtle undertones, and interactions of our founding fathers were incredibly presented from a collection of diaries, letters, news articles, and of course the documents of the Constitutional Congress. Note: little to no minutes of early meetings were kept by congress.
As a historical book I am sure there are many that would compare (Trex - T. Roosevelt comes to mind) but when you realize how the information for this book was assembled and presented I no of none that compare.
First listen of this narrator. Key word: Narrator. Did not attmept a performance with multiple voices but rather an excellent reading with tone and inflection. Once or twice he varied the voice for a specific character but it was not necessary.
Adam's writing back to his wife after they voted on the Declaration of Independence exclaiming how this day will be celebrated forever with great pageantry and celebration. Yes July 2nd will be forever remembered. Turns out he was off by two days and the day John Hancock signed (July 4th) was the one remembered. (Spoiler: All the rest signed in August).
Also the death of Adams and Jefferson on July 4th's 50th anniversary
Some interesting backroom election "fixing" as well. One good point by Adams. Do no pay congress and President, they should be able to save a bit for a few years of service and than return to their occupation. I guess he saw the danger of the career politican.
Possibly, first half of book was full of great examples and approaches but second half became too much of a political statement for Carbon tax and did not follow throught with the main theme as much as the first half.
Only as a casual read and but stop at Carbon Tax section. You got 90% of the book at that point
Narrator needs to narrate. There was absolutely no need for alternate voices or a performance. Took away from the narration too much, were not that good and as an audible book his accent was often difficult to pick up on key words requiring a slight rewind at times.
One key point was made in the beginning that has resonated with me. The decision you make after a bad decision (or result) is often more damaging than the original. Excellent point in everything from golf to realtionships to business.
Summing the book in three words contradicts the requirements of 15 words minimum. Great overall story of the theft along with the workings of the diamond world. Although it is written like the story is completey accurate the reality is that the story is not flawless. The story is all based upon evidence and accounts other than those of the crinimals. When the book concludes it becomes evident that the real story from the thieves perspective was never told. But that is also part of intrigue as you do not come to that fimr conclusion until the end.
The ah ha moment when the determined they could get into the safe.
Performance was a good narration with no character voices. Nice for a change from the narrators who perform versus narrate.
Found myself pulling for the main character
Having watched the Godfather many times I had forgotten much of the original book since my first reading (in the 70s). Listening to it many years later was a purely delightful experience allowing me to both recall images from the move mixed with the natural visions you develop when reading a book. By far one of the more realxing listens. For anyone who has both read the book and seen the movie (years ago) it is worth going back and simply enoying the performance.
There are too many but one that I have always enjoyed is the meeting in Las Vegas where everyone realizes that Michael truly is the new Don.
He helps you envision the scenes from the movie with his character voices. But it is his narrative voice that you begin to realize is what truly delives the experience.
You do not change perfection.
Finally, after too many years many of the gaps in my understanding of quantum physics, albeit it not great, has been fillled in. And the story line on the great Physicists of the that time is well presented.
Description of a meeting in the 1920's in which 19 of the 26 attendees did or would have a nobel prize.
Descriptions of electons leaping fromone level to another
The True Quantum of Solice
Incredible performance by Roy Dotrice. Clearly one of the best ever. Great story and detail in character decsriptions and of the surrondings. Combination of fictious place and abundant amount of characters requires more attention than most audible presentations. Found buying the HBO series DVDs (after reading the book) was very helpful just for the map and family trees. Editing a bit to be desired. Numerous places of repeated lines , most likely at break-points, is disconcerning as it asks the questions, is anything missing.
The Imp. His ability to survive in a land of Knights and violence using wit and cunning
Too many to pick from. Any time a wolf came to the owners rescue and the description of the fight to determine the Imps guilt or innocence with the corresponding open air dungeon descriptions
The line repeated several times: When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or die
Looking forward to comparing the DVD set to the book. Than on to read (listen) to book II
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