I do not read much fiction but am not quite convinced King writes fiction.
Endless single sentence delights.
Can't actually recall a single one of them, at the moment.
Dinner? Are you mad?
I promise to take better care of my firearms.
The editor should have banned the word 'I'. That alone would have increased useful content by 100%. Which still would have been a meager dissapointment. I gave up on content and went fishing chapter by chapter. Then gave up altogether.
This is third most useless audio book in my experience. I hope the author financed the reading as I suspect he financed the written version. If there is a written version.
Whatever he was paid is enough. He had little enough to do.
I harbor suspicions there could be useful matterial in the last third, but by then I no longer could stomach the effort. And I speak with some authority having listened to Will Durants 'Age of Faith' in its entirety.
Recommend with caution. I was seriously put off when it got all racialist post 1960s. And I am always suspicious of so many many deep intimacies revealed within mear moments of a single transient encounter.
If I have the stomach for addition reading beyond the red neck in Selma I will let you know.
By far. Some works rise to written rhetoric as is this one and Grover Gardner is the best reader of such works. It took Will Durant two previous works to get his Greco/Roman rhetoric of " Caeser to Christ" down properly and with Gardener reading it is a master piece.
I have so many by now they do not come readily to mind. I generally give five stars to almost anything that I would generally recommed but that neglects works such as this that are also esthetically meritorious. Specifically, better read aloud then read silently. Some of my five star books seem read by amateurs.
Perhaps there should be an extra credit score.
Gardener knows his craft. I am unaware of any of his performances that do not adjust to the material at hand. .
Early American Gothic.
Twain has grown in my esteem.
Even the first half was not all THAT bad ;). And since my math is wanting it might have only been the first third.
Although it does not ciome across as scholarly it had a sense of first hand observation that I liked. And certanly no sugar coating.
This is one history book suitable for all levels of interest. For instance, I have never read better summaries of world religions, philosophies and ideologies in such short, concise, clever and often humorous paragraphs. Here is a three word title on scientific revolution chapter: "The Discovery Of Ignorance."
The author is way to soft regarding cruelty on chickens and cows. Tells us these and other domestic animals are prevented from exercising their evolutionary natures. What? They are DOMESTICATED. As a kid I took care of the cow and chickens. The cow clearly was Buddhist and did not give a damn about anything and living peefect nirvana. The chickens? All they wanted was a roost, a place to lay eggs and defecate.
Any cruelty in the coupe was me breathing in all the dried chicken crap dust they kicked up In hurricanes. And don't get me started on cow defecation while filling the milk bucket.
The cave paintings are stunning so where are the "apprentice" student sketches? The talent in these many many works seem to have been done by masters who left no developmental works. This is the first plausible explanation.
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the ME affairs.
The author is almost 100 years old and first visited ME prior to WWII. Accordingly, the material accumulated in this book spans an unbroken body of work of a duration one seldom sees.
The casual reader, however, needs to know many of the topic chapters (and there are a lot of them) might be a bit tedious if you do not know much about the subject. However, if you are the kind of person who knows the phrase Four Rightly Guided Caliphs you may be up to speed well enough. The matterial is not very difficult, however, and the reader kept my attention.
I plan to listen to much of it again and might even buy the Kindle version. This is because not all of the readings include the original date and they span well over 50 years. A tablet PC would be good as well in order to look up some maps, photos of places and the like.
Finally, I recommend YouTube University! I made that term up, but Richard Bulliet has some of the best lectures on the subject I have heard. These are full length lectures, often more then an hour long. I listened to them prior to listening to this book and it was fun to have a heads up!
No. It seemed obtuse to me, jumpy in terms of visualizing scenes and following the time line. In addition, narrative is stylized and from another era that may not have translated well into the spoken word.
I did not like the over wrought style. That style may be appropriate to the stylized written narrative but I did not like that style either.
This is almost non-fiction. Conrad spent time in Congo and this representation apparently includes real people and a real boat (see King Leopolds Ghost - but read my review first) and is actually understated.
This needs either an executive summary or "hatchet" edit. Pun intended.
The author's relentless fury.
There are no good scenes to be favorable with. The book itself demonstrates first hand, up close and personal "Heart of Darkness".
I really tried, with time-outs. Just could not do it. Eventually started large scale skipping at the end.
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