All students of war, battle, fighting and especially the officer cadet should read/study this book. John Keegan brings to light some interesting thoughts that any man-of-arms should know and have learnt from. Many people see battle as a breakdown of human nature whilst others the heights of achievements but I believe John Keegan has put it into perspective that shows it as part of human nature and a by-product of the society we live in. Industrialisation, mechanisation have played their roll however so has culture like religion and honour. I do find his assumptions of the future of battle a little naive but his study backs-up his summary.
I loved this book as it was so much in tuned with my own study in this area however I do need to read not only his source material if possible, but continue to read my own pursuits. I will never complete this hobby reading but it is a passion. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view with my studies, I have never been in combat and so this will hopefully always be an armchair study but this book is excellent in helping me move to a little more understanding of the face of battle.
I hope his other books are made into audio format.
I have listen to Daniel Pink's books and find that they usually don't convince me of their arguments however this book is good. Not that he totally convinced me that it is human nature to sell, perhaps to trade, convince and work for each others benefits, but to sell, well to sell is to scam and this book didn't convince me other than that idea. To say that, not all sales people are scammers but lets face it, no trade is perfect, somebody pays.
Pure formalistic action adventure that is fun and totally unbelievable. Saying that it is a good listen to. Jeff Woodman does an excellent job and this book is better than the previous. Yes it is over the top in parts and the history is skewed but what a romp through the sands of the Holy Land. A fun action adventure that would of kept the serial movie viewers of the 1930s very happy. Don't expect too much from this book and you will be pleasantly pleased by a fun story.
Wonderfully written, wonderfully narrated. Paul Ansdell does an excellent job narrating Susan Hill's book, The Woman in Black. The cover saids "The classic ghost story" and it is. Loved every minute of it. Slightly predictable but done so well you enjoy the journey. Movies now days make the ending so dramatic, and this does as well, but more realistic, or possible without all the special effects and shock treatment. I am now going to get the film to watch to see how they have interpreted it. I also here it has been done as a stage play to good effect. Worth studying this work for writing techniques as well.
I am sure I wrote a review earlier. This is one of Michael Dibdin best. Aurelio returns to Venice on a little detour to what perhaps he should be doing. Things have changed and although Aurelio gets to the root of it all, he isn't wanted. He loses, he wins, he is nowhere. Just goes to show you can't go back, it isn't there anymore. This book puts it so nicely. As Aurelio puts it at the end of the book speaking to some tourist, "I'm sorry, I can't help you, I'm a visitor here myself", or something like that. Cameron Stewart isn't Michael Kitchen, but does an adequate job. Love the book, love the series. Worth the listen too.
Excellent book on plot. Flies at you at a very quick pace and I suggest you have a note book ready to dot down the pearls of wisdom. Follow this book and you are on your way to writing success.
Ann Tusa and John Tusa have created a great piece of work on this subject. If you are a student of this period of history, you need to listen to this book. If you are a student of international law, then listen to this book. If you want to understand this period of history, then listen to this book. Ralph Cosham haunting voice really does justice to this book. This book covers the period, subject and opinions very well. It leaves for dead the movies and documentaries produced on the Nuremberg Trial.
What a beautiful story. Loved Samuel West narration but without Sebastian Faukls writing I don't think this story would have been as beautiful as it was. Sad, yes, prosed nicely, yes, real, yes, captivating, yes. To be fair, I thought the first hour was a rather wishy washy love story, but then once they get into the trenches, wow, what a good book. I have been told the movie is very well done, so straight to get a copy of that to watch. Worth every minute listening to.
One of those stories where one chases their tail only to end up having it all work out in the end with a few laughs to tie it all up. Not Michael Dibdin's best, but still nice to see that Aurelio Zen hasn't been affected by fame and success, actually this character always just misses out, but he still ends up surviving and not looking too bad. Michael Kitchen is his usually best.
Professor Michael Salemi has convinced me that the banking system is important, in fact you could say has created the modern world however I don't think I am any wiser on how it all works. Based on the US system he does touch on Europe and a little on Asia. He isn't the best narrator but he does know his stuff and comes across as honest and real.
I thought I knew Sir Michael Caine. I love and hate some of his movies. I think he is a loveable guy and great character. As he has got older I think his work gets better but this book shows how little I knew about the man. I found out his favourite movies are mine, well besides Alfie, which I have never seen but it made him. He has worked hard for his career and had a lot of luck. He has had downs and hard times, which come out nicely in this book. What really makes this book is Michael narrating it. His laugh is so funny. Would love to have a dinner with the man, but I don't see that happening, we move in different circles. Love the book, can't say you will understand or know Michael Caine any better but what a trip down memory lane. His accent is so comforting and his story telling captivating. I know he is getting on in age, but please stick around and make more movies, even write more books.
Love your work.
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