Like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Saxon Chronicles take a while to catch on. The first book was engaging but not gripping. The second was better and this thiird one, "Lords of the North" was just Superb. Uhtred is the essence of untamed masculine ethos and the reader grows to love him more and more with the passing of time. Like most of Cornwall's novels, female/male relationships tend to be rather superficial, and repeating romances starts to get old after a while. However, the action is fast paced, the battles are brutal and the plot is pure Cornwallian Fascination.
Finally! Ramage is in a ship of the line, a 74; and he puts it to very good use in this stirring sea tale. Ramage continues with all the characters we've cone to know and love over time. The only real complaint is that this is the last audiobook available in the series and leaves things hanging for the avid audio listener. There are more Ramage printed books, but those do not fill the drudge on the commute home as these have for the last few months. Audible, how about some more Alan Lewrie and Ramage novel???
Fascinating Maybe Tale
This book used what facts exist in evidence for the construction and existence of Stonehenge. It inserts make believe characters who participate in events, which must have taken place in order for the historical facts to be in evidence. While there is necessarily some literary license taken with the actual prehistoric characters, it is well done in the typical Bernard Cornwallian venue of engaging plots and characters in the framework of limited historical facts. The reader did a decent job of conveying the individual characters, although not nearly in the same league as someone like John Lee. Overall, it was a very worthy read and one which will entertain the usual historical fiction reader.
Boring, poorly connected, Sophomoric prose with a distinctly left leaning diatribe. The story line is like a collage of college students trying to write on disparate themes, none of which is particularly exciting. The assassination is written as though the writer is desperatly imagining what it woudl be like without ever having experienced it. The first sortie, written about a 19th Century Pacific nautical activity is clearly intended more to garner sympathy for an underprivlieged people (Maori), than to actually relate an interesting story. I thought that because this book became a motion picture, it would have an engaging story line. But, alas, the more I listened, the more mundane it became. If the movie is as bad as the book, I will pass it by at the local blockbuster.
Perhpas a Jack Reacher novel OR a Ruth Downie Medicus series
The narrators were actually pretty good. That is why I tried to like this novel, I kept thinking it would get better, or perhaps all these disparate, relatively boring events would tie together. But, alas, by the time I reached the half way point in the novel, I could not stomach any more of it.
Well, one of the problems is that there are so many characters to keep track of, one never really gets to know any of them very well.
Can't imagine how this got 4+ stars. That also was a factor in my choosing this novel. I will be more careful in using the 4+ star rating as a deciding factor in the future.
Having served in Special Forces during the Vietnam Era, I was particularly interested to see that while some things have changed over the years, the core issues which define U.S. Army Special Forces remain the same. This non-fiction novel offers extraordinary insight into the nature of the
Patrick Lawlor's peformance was outstanding. Although initially, I thought his voice to be a bit out of pitch, as the story unfolded, it fit in precisely with SFC Antenori and conveyed a precise image of the persons as well as the events unfolding in the story.
Several moments. Interactions between ranking commanders and team 391 (particularly the all too familiar WPPA candidate Major X), as well as the battlefield leadership scenarios which inspired and encouraged individuals within the teams.
Except for excessive use of vulgar language, the overall plot and characters are very engaging. This is a fascinating tale of cat and mouse antics with a New York accent. The principal character, John Koury, is perfectly dictated by the reader, who has the New York speech subtleties down just about perfectly. The story keeps a reader/listener coming back for more.
While still possessed of a rushed narrator, it is nevertheless well done and a fitting conclusion to the saga of Jamie and Clair. Although certainly not Davina Porter, Geraldine James does, in fact, become more endearing with time. Perhaps the most poignant disappointment about this novel was that it is the last in a series, which has become something of an salient friendship. Well written, exceptionally well researched and for the Clair/Jamie initiated, quite well done.
After having become enamoured with Claire and Jamie over several volumes of Davina Porter's eloquent, unabrideged version of Diana Gabaldon's spectacular characters, this novel was a considerable disenchantment. The narrator, Geraldine James, certainly has a pleasent enough voice and elegent British accent. She rushes the diction, however, almost to distraction. It seems as if whoever put this together is trying to get by with squeezing as many words as possible into what is already shortened considerably by a very condensed abridgement. On the heels of former books, most of which entertained considerably for 3 to 4 times the length of time that Fiery Cross does, it was quite a disappointment.
Ceasar's commentaries are, perhaps, the quintessential standard for fascinating historical commentary. The reader was an absolutely fabulous voice for Julius Cesear and truly leaves the listener with a sense of both the inflection and force of Cesear's personality,not only throughout the Campaigns of Gaul, but on in to the the Civil War and death of Pompeii, including the awesome 1st hand account of Pharsalis. I listened to this entire narrative,in dribs and drabs, while driving around town in South Florida, often during rush hour. I found it to be a marvelous, calming influence on the hustle bustle of 5:00 traffic. I highly recommend this audio series to anyone interested in classic history and/or who may be interested in a glimpse into the fascinating personality of Julius Cesear.
This was such a GREAT BOOK! In this continuation of the Saxon Chronicles, Uhtred must deal with his egomaniacal cousin, while keeping the sanguine Alfred content. In the process there are marvelous battles and intrigues. About the only complaint I could muster was that the abridged version was TOO SHORT! I would very much like to have listened to the entire novel.
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