This book was universally panned when it was published and I can see why. It is a mixed-up mess of abrupt shifts in tone, implausible actions, anti women screed, mach philosophizing and self pity.
I cannot recommend the book although individual scenes were very good.
The insights into the running of a casino were quite interesting.
It convinced me not to buy another Puzo book, although I loved the Godfather.
I read this book along with my daughter as it was an assignment for her from school. The story was timeless, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the series. It's beautiful writing was only enhanced by a lovely reading that made every character distinct. Anne's enthusiasm and sense of wonder,, Matthews taciturn nature, and every other character was clear and delightful.
The story of Chiefs is very interesting and entertaining. However this is the single worst recording I have ever purchased from audible. The editing is so bad that every time the narrator smacks his lips, licks his lips, gulps, or takes a drink of water it plays very loudly through my headphones. I would cringe every time it happened – and it happened often. Despite the fascinating plot, the production is so terrible that it took me a long, long time to get through it. I kept cringing every time he smacked his lips.
Washington's Crossing is one of the most exciting stories in American history. This book contains nuggets of insight that get buried under mind-numbing repetition.
Not only does the author restate his key points again and again, there are entire sentences that are restated again and again! I have to wonder if there was an editor working on the final copy.
Here is an example. Early on, the author states that the Battle Of Trenton is the first example of urban warfare in the Revolution. Interesting point! The phrase "urban warfare" is then repeated more than 50 times! Imagine a book on D-Day constantly reminding you that the battle took place on a beach. We got it. move on.
A second example: In one chapter, he mentions 16 times that John Stark - a great hero - was "Scots-Irish." The problem is that Stark was born in America. While his background is Scotch/Irish, after mentioning it once, what is its importance? Would a book on the preparations for D-Day mention that Patton was Scotch/Irish 16 times?
Additionally, in creating a picture of the battle, the author provides a confusing narrative. Again and again he reiterates how many bodies were left on the streets, how much blood flowed in Trenton. He describes "killing fields" and deadly close in attacks that left the town littered with bodies. And then at the end, he mentions the total number of Hessians killed in combat was 22.
There are several other books written about the Battle Of Trenton. Choose one of them!
It has turned me off to other books by this author.
It is more the fault of a droning and repetitive narrative. I suppose Holland did the best he could with the material before him.
Honestly, for all the fresh insights on this book, ones not covered by other authors, it could have been a long magazine article.
This book was one of the biggest disappointments of my reading life! It is a slapdash sequel to a brilliantly plotted novel.
The plot lacks coherence and drive. Obviously, time travel is just an interesting concept, but in the original there was a logic and a procedure laid out for how the main character (and others) would travel through time. In this book, the rules are thrown out the window, violating the interior logic of the first book.
I cannot really think of any sense that moved or intrigued me - completely unlike the charming and moving first book.
Finney's reputation is well established; this book is just a miserable aberration from his usual excellence.
This is not a book; it is an audio transcription of a TV show. As such, it refers to images and graphics which the listener obviously cannot see. I'd not really recommend this book, unless you (like me) are already deeply familiar with the JFK murder and want some extra info.
The very talented cast made the experience of listening to the book more like listening to a fabulous radio drama. The narrator was crisp and each of the cast members made their characters distinctive and compelling.
Michael Corleone is a smart man with a complex mind and an evolving perspective of the nature of good and evil. While I doubt he would open up at dinner, he would be charming company.
So many people can recite lines from the spectacular film version of the book yet have never read the source material. The film edits out several major subplots in order to make the narrative coherent and focused. The book tells a broader (not better) story that offers its own rewards.
The book is a magnificent history of the lives of the men who comprised Lincoln's cabinet. Each becomes unique and vibrant as a result of the graceful and insightful writing and the wonderful performance.
One of the minor characters, Kate Chase, became an intriguing presence in the book; she was a mesmerizing beauty with a difficult life.
The book is very long - and each pages contains many revelations - but it is far too long to tackle in a single sitting!
Goodwin proves that detailed history and methodical research can make for a fantastic read. And kudos to the exceptional performance!
I greatly enjoyed the series up until this book; however this title was less fresh and less compelling than the previous works.
The plot did not crackle as much as the plots of her previous "Ripley" books had. This felt tired and I stubbled to maintain my attention.
Kevin Kenerly is a master narrator. As he had read the previous "Ripley" books, he has a great interpretation of the characters that remains consistent from book to book.
I am not sure - I have yet to read the follow-up, as this one was such a disappointment. Perhaps this title was just an anomaly - or it might have been the signal of a series that had lost its drive.
While thee arc or the story was very, very predictable, the charm of the characters and the lovely performance made it a fun and fast read. Since it was a free book, I did not have many expectations, but found myself smiling throughout.
Several witty scenes in the predictable arc of the story.
While a musician might appreciate the insights offered, this book will hold only middling interest for the lay reader.
So many books, so little time!
Clear and Workmanlike
An occasional interesting anecdote.
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