Listen to this book, read this book, own this book. This book a nothing but a work of art. It is lovely and a joy to read. My mother put me onto this book and I think Markus Zusak is possibly one of the great writers of this century. The story is on par with 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and the style so interesting. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, it will change your life. Okay it is a good read and Dennis Olsen is fantastic at narrating it. Loved it and will want to read it for years to come. It don't get much better than this.
This book is great. The production, Christopher Hurt the narrator and thank you Ayn Rand for writing it. The story moves along nicely. The principles and ideas are nicely put and characters real and interesting. The reason I call it a novel for creatives, is that it spells out creative integrity and what it means. It rips up altruism, the concept we all have of selfishness and doing good for the good of all. Makes you think, so much I am going to listen to it again to pick up on those themes. I think every creative starting off in their pursuits should read this book as now more than ever we do need original thinkers who aren't some second hand junkie. Even if you are not a creator, then enjoy the story and open your mind.
Timothy West is fantastic reading these books. He gets the accents perfect and really does a great job on timing. Not once did I think any of the characters where not quite right. Laughed out loud a number of times with John Mortimer's writing and although this production is a number of short stories, that are not too taxing on the old grey matter, they are enjoyable to listen to. Lovely to listen to whilst commuting home late at night or whilst enjoying that last glass of Port before bed time. Do yourself a favour and have an enjoyable time listening to these works.
With Kurt Vonnegut books you get a third of the way in, you wonder where this is going and why you are bothering with it and you purser-vie till you get to the end and you suddenly go 'oh yerrr'! This book makes you ask questions but the type of questions you don't want really answered. My favourite is 'Slaughterhouse 5', and this book is nowhere near that but it is okay. I don't think I would listen to it ever again but not unhappy that I have. Tony Roberts does a great job narrating it although his voice seems a little old for the main character. Most of the characters seem to rather vague creatures of minimal interest but I guess we are all like that when you look at. Okay book, good narration, nothing to write home to mother about.
Kevin Foley narrates this book superbly. The accents, style and even the period is captured the way I imagine it would of been. T. R. Fehrenbach has written and excellent study of this conflict both from the social political point of view as well as the soldier in the shell scrape. He is neither bogged down in strategy or emotional turmoil but does a neat balancing act between the two. I am not saying this is the perfect history, I don't know, I know little of this war but this book has open my mind to what happen, possibly why and how. The Americans are caught off guard and suffer due to relaxed attitudes amongst politician, public and the so called citizens army. They however are quick to learn, if they have the time. The North Koreans are quick and strong, but there blitzkrieg was not sustainable and this is where logistics win wars. The Chinese are excellent diplomats and soldiers but they do waste so much to achieve short term gains especially at the discussion tables.
A war of waste, heroism and stamina with no victory or heroes.
This book is good and great to listen to. I loved it and wonder why I took so long to listen to it, the length flew by and I was a little sad it finished. Funny, but the book sort of finishes as the war finishes, with very little fanfare and then suddenly you are back home with no real answers to what just happened.
I hope though that the world has learned the lessons of the Korean War and that the US never makes the same mistakes again.
I would like to read another book on the subject and if it was possible, from the other side, but I don't think it would be as good.
Beautifully done, and a work worth listening to. I found I could only take this in small bouts as each poem is emotionally charged and puts you in the trenches or stretches. These poets where great writers and the narrators fantastic. I will pull this one out each Anzac Day and listen to it as it not only puts you in the mood, it makes you feel the sacrifice. Love this work.
Good for a summary and help make up my mind to read this book fully. However, being a summary it moves quite quick through the book and you never really digest the point/s properly. Good to get an idea of where this book is going and coming from.
This is a good look at what it really takes to be a master. No quick easy silver bullet but just work, insight and sweat. I like Robert Greene's books as I find them very helpful and well written. Wish I had this knowledge when I was starting out. Of course it doesn't answer the problem when your chosen profession or skill you are pursuing disappears or becomes redundant. You're suppose to have the insight to see where the next step is. I have not found that and feel like I am looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn't really there. Never the less this book is well worth the listen to. One of the good self help books.
Well studied and covers much detail. Does focus on the leaders such as Marlborough and Wellington and ends at Waterloo which is where is said it would but would of been nice to go through the 19th Century. Perhaps SAul David could write
part-two'. Never the less you can read Richard Holmes 'Redcoat' to cover most of that - another excellent book.
What I really liked about this book was the British side of the 'War of Independence'. Most books seem to cover the US side of things but it is nice to see another perspective. I now plan to listen to Bernard Cornwalls 'The Fort' which will cover John Burgoyne's 'Saratoga campaign', actually I guessing on that one, but it sounds close. It is fictional, but I think it will give a rather accurate idea of the campaign. I think 'Jack Absolute' novel covers this campaign as well.
Anyway, a good study, well put together and nicely finished. If you are into studying military history, soldiers, 18th & 19th century especially British, then this is a must. I am so happy I listen to this book as Sean Barett has done an excellent job presenting it and Saul David in writing it.
I gave up after listening to 75% of this book. Patrick is unlikable and is nothing more than evil. The details of his violence is horrific. The characters in the book both boring and rude. I don't care if this is some social commentary on the period, the book can not be classed as entertaining or informative. It is garbage and does not deserve its status. I will not listen to or read anything else Bret Easton Elllis has written as this book has turned me off both his style and thinking. Nick Landrum is fantastic in his narration. I wished I had read the other reviews before listening to this disgusting piece of literature. There are some things you don't need to know and wish you never experience, this book is one of them.
This is a good story. It feels real and is interesting. The book is much better than the movie. Khaled Hosseine isn't the best narrator, but possibly that is what makes the story that much more real. I enjoyed this book after my father pushed it on me. I think this book should be read by every school kid, politician, and soldier who is serving in Afghanistan. I don't think it will change your life, but give you some understanding of the trouble Afghanistan faces and the suffering of its people.
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