In Sackett's Land, LL provides us American men with a thing we grievously lack in our society today - a man whom we'd like to be and whom we'd wish our sons to become.
Barnabas is a man who merely wants to live his life in freedom - freedom to be all he has the talent, desire and ability before his Creator to be without interference by a bullying system or government. He's a man who wants to treat and be treated fairly, and who will stand up to any who would impose their own petty 'justice' upon him. Even if it's the most powerful monarch in the world.
Barnabas Sackett is the kind of man who made America the envy of the world. He's the kind of man we so desperately need today. And he's the kind of man no self-serving government bureaucrat wants on the loose - one who will call that kind of weasel out of its hole and challenge it, even against the odds.
Barnabas Sackett is a HERO, a man of character and honor who trains his own sons to be HEROES, the kind of hero every young man needs in order to inspire him to true greatness.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Why do you max us out at 5 stars?
The performance was excellent. I have never read the printed book. I liked the way Clinton Chronicles 1 was presented better, when a male and a female reader were used in separate chapters where the author attempts to capture the different perspectives of thought from those particular sexes. It was different than most audio books I've enjoyed.
Yes. The Cliftons and the Barringtons [less one] are all people of good character who generally surround themselves with people of character. When evil characters plot to destroy the Cliftons or Barringtons, the heroes' quick wits lead them to overcome what seem to be impossible odds. The plot twists appear from nowhere, and their resourceful handling by the heroes is almost as unexpected.
Sebastian Clifton, who is an excellent melding of his mother's and father's personal strengths.
When Sebastian's soul-mate left him due to her utter disappointment at his one lapse of judgment and slip from his usual sterling character and THEN refusing to see that she was trying to guard the character and family honor of the man she loved ... until it was too late..
They're all the same. When I read them as a kid I didn't notice. My recommendation is to read 1 or 2, read something else, and then come back for a couple more. Not a series to read back to back.
Jim Gough tries WAY too hard to sound like a Texan, and it detracts from the story.
No. His affectations were that annoying.
On a par.
Clancy's 2nd book, Red Storm Rising, because the technical accuracy and the character development are every bit as good.
Just listened for the 3rd time. Read it while it was hot in the mid 80s and was almost brought up on charges for talking about what many Naval officers considered secret material in the hallway of my USN ASW command. I explained to the OPS officer that I had read what I was talking about in a book published by the Naval Institute. They were amazed at the accuracy of Clancy's material, as I spoke of it from memory, while displaying the book.
After seeing the movie, which was good but disappointing, I now listen to this book with all the characters from the book being played by the actors in the movie [except I substitute Harrison Ford for Alec Baldwin - too bad Harry was busy during filming].
Lousy narrator. Jim Gough tries to act, but doesn't have a clue about how people actually talk. He emphasizes words that shouldn't be in sentences that should not be emphasized in any way - or wouldn't be in normal conversation or narration.
When I see Jim Gough as narrator, I pass the book by. He ain't David Strathairn or Jason Culp.
Narrator reads too quickly, makes it difficult to understand at times. Excellent story, but the narrator made listening tedious.
Not Lamour's best work, but then the narrator leaves a lot to be desired. Changes of inflection in the middle of a sentence makes listening difficult. His attempts to dramatize are usually overdone. He does have a good voice, but is NOT a good reader.
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