This book was not very good. The narrative is uninteresting and there is not much fresh analysis. Also, the narrator reads in a dull monotone that makes it hard to follow. I really enjoyed Philbrick's "In The Heart Of The Sea", but I was very disappointed in this one. My advice is to listen to something by McCullough or Ellis instead if you want a good audiobook on the revolutionary period.
This book was great. I was initially put off by the sample audio, which is from the preface and in the author's voice, which I do not think is good but is only a few minutes long. Boutsikaris narrates the rest of the book and is great. The story is a little slow in the beginning but picks up, and the post-World War II part, which is the bulk of the book, is excellent. It's a really good history of modern computers and the internet and how they developed and the people involved at the various steps.
I agree with all the high ratings. This is a very accessible and interesting survey of the Civil War. After reading this, I have added a number of other Civil War related books to my list to listen to as well. For those who enjoyed this and want a modern take, I highly recommend "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horowitz.
A pleasant story but not great. I have listened to quite a few Shute novels and this is not at the top of the pack. The story lacks any real drama and plays out rather slowly.
This is an excellent audiobook. Plot is tight and moves along, the book is well-written, and the narrator is very good.
The Buck Schatz books by Daniel Friedman are two of my all-time favorites on Audible. Great character, really funny, interesting plot and setting. I hope he writes more.
I bought this audiobook with high hopes after I saw that it got pretty good reviews and because I am always interested in a good business/economics story. I was disappointed. The story is straightforward and fairly dry. This felt stretched as a book and would have been a better long magazine article. In addition, the narrator is pretty flat. This one was a bit of a slog to get through.
I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible and this is probably my all-time favorite. Schatz is a great character and the book is laugh out loud funny. Also, the narrator is very good and a perfect fit.
I am a huge fan of Shute's novels and have enjoyed over a dozen. I was eager to listen to this given the good reviews but was disappointed. This is a fairly straightforward recounting of Shute's business career, focusing on his work launching an aeroship in the UK in the 1920's and then his experience helping launch and run an airplane manufacturer in the 1930's and beyond. There is little detail on his personal life. There are some enjoyable tidbits but they weren't nearly enough to carry the book.
I have loved a number of other books by Gaiman (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Graveyard Book), but I thought this one fell flat. The plot isn't very compelling and doesn't move along like his others and I was not really invested in the characters. I think this would have worked better as a short story and it feels stretched as a novel.
Stephen King fans will enjoy this one. The story moves along and there are a number of good characters. There are weaknesses, though. A number of plot points regarding character reactions to Big Jim's machinations are somewhat unbelievable and strained. In addition, as many have noted, the narrator's voices for women and children are terrible to the point of distraction.
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