I do not know much about the author and can only infer the following from listening to the book:
He loves detail and not the story. Descriptions of formations, weapons etc were overdone while tactical and strategic goals (an the rest of the story) are dilluted. It is tough to put into words, however, the author uses 150 words to describe something that should take 10 words. The verbosity causes the reader to lose focus on the important things (why Hannibal was so successful and what made him tick). The author obviously researched Hannibal quite a bit and that is how the book reads….like an overcooked research paper. In short this book is comparable to the story of the guy who worries about the stain on his shirt while he is standing on the deck of a sinking ship….
A real character actor who has real voice inflection. The narrator has a monotone voice and mispronounces or over enunciates often.
The book is far from inspirational.
I read at least a book a week (hard copy) and one audible book per month....this book is the most boring book I have read in at least 5 years. I have no idea why people have rated the book so grandly...it put me to sleep often while driving in DC traffic.
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