This memoir inspired the Netflix series of the same name. It's different from the series in many ways, and that's a good thing. It's different in the way that real life is different from a dramatization. The book's Piper learns different things than the show's Piper. I enjoyed both, and think they complement each other nicely. I saw the show first, then found the book, which is probably a good order to do it in...the dramatization lured me in, and prepared me to contemplate the quieter lessons of the real story.
I'm not much interested in who won which wars, or in developments in weaponry and battle tactics, or in ancient politics. This series of lectures delves into what *does* interest me: how everyday people lived their lives, in as much detail as possible, in a generous selection of ancient (western) cultures. Professor Garland's delivery is the icing on the cake. He seems knowledgeable and clearly interested in his subject matter, but lightens his lectures with a gentle and sometimes irreverent (but never disrespectful) twinkle. One credit bought me more than 24 delightful hours of pleasant and informative listening. One of my best purchases from Audible.
Genghis Khan was not who you think. At least, he wasn't who *I* thought he was.
I was unaware of most of the historical and cultural facts presented in this book, and found them fascinating. The book spends too much time detailing tortures and killings for my taste, but otherwise I found it entertaining and educational in a good way. The reader was a bit too dry for my taste, droning on about "forest products" like the narrator of a classroom geography film from the mid-1960s. But he wasn't a deal-killer, and the history was interesting enough for me to stick with it all the way through.
About what you might expect from this author and the title/genre: a witty thriller with a lot of violence but, happily, a low body count. Also happily, it doesn't suffer from overly low humor, and the hero is neither a bumbling fool nor an egomaniac. He is, however, male, and I think the book skews toward things that male readers like to spend time on: cars, motorcycles, weapons, etc. As a female, I think I would have preferred more character development. But I definitely enjoyed the book, and found it laugh-out-loud funny at times. And although I would love to hear it read sometime by its author, I truly enjoyed the very skilled character portrayals and narration by Simon Prebble.
Everything is spelled out in painful detail for the reader, who is apparently presumed to be stupid.
I love Barbara Rosenblat, which is why I tried this book. I guess she just didn't have decent material to work with this time.
There was way too much exposition all the way through the book. And I spent way too long having figured obvious things out while the heroine blundered on, oblivious. At times I actually wished the villain would just hurry up and do away with her.
Tried hard but found this unlistenable. Wish I could return it. Hated the reader's voice and tone, the text being read, and certainly the cheesy music. Maybe it was over my head...
I was lucky enough to live south of Broad in Charleston during high school in the mid-1970s. This book captures that neighborhood and features many landmarks I remember well, and it communicates the general ambience of a charming city that has since changed beyond recognition. The narrator managed a flawless accent that added hugely to my trip down memory lane. I didn't mind the purple prose or improbable plot because the true main character was the place itself and the quirky, benevolent-southern-gentleman attitude of the protagonist, both of which rang true for me.
This is a gripping story but be prepared to suffer with the main characters through years of misery and calamities! A very violent, lawless age presented in stark detail.
I really enjoyed Ms. Sweeney's sharing of her journey from faith to reason with her characteristic warmth and wit.
I loved Buffy and so took a chance on this, even though I'm 50 and not 15. Turns out it wasn't for me. The story is only so-so, the writing amateurish, and the heroine disappointing.
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