I believe that this book was written before his pinnacle work, The Gates of Fire, but Pressfield's take on the Amazons is one of the finest historical fiction novels I have read...and I have read quite a few. I wrote a long passionate review of this book but scrapped it to simply say that I am so pleased I got the audio version of this book even though I read it years ago. The level of detail on every subject brought up in the book makes this journey a truly fascinating, rewarding, deep-breathing and supremely rich read and experience. I have read all of his work and it is easy to understand why it would be very difficult to follow any of his work, from this book through to his Rommel book that could reach the heights he attains in this book. Obviously, this is my cup of literate tea.
There is no need to write a long review of this book as it it is already recognized for its brilliance...and for good reason. What you might not know is that the author was there during many of the momentous occasions making the narrative absolutely engaging and 100% authentic. It is long and comprehensive but the performance and the quality of the work is so outstanding that it is a highly recommended journey. As shocking and depressing as some of the material is, the intelligence and deft writing hand of the author carries us through. Upon its completion I was inspired to return to several other books on WWII (Storm of War) to put together the missing parts of the story that only this book could provide. Again, the narrator is among the best I have ever heard.
Tina 's reading of her own book makes it an enjoyable ride. It is a ride though and not much of a journey. The book ends up being rather thin regardless of its great start. Each sentence has a comedic aside that makes for fun listening but would be impossible as a stand-up routine. While I did not expect the story to be wider than her personal experiences the end suddenly arrives and you realize that Tina's claim to fame (according to her) and the book's highest moment is her 6 weeks of impersonating Sarah Palin. Then she justifies her being a working mom and then it ends on a weak note. I was not disappointed I listened to it but it was like a show that has great promise with a dense beginning but it eventually becomes less dense and eventually falls apart.
I have been tough on two of my favorite writers for their last few efforts. They really upset me with their seeming lack of care for their customers and fans...especially with the last two books. However, there were quite a few moments while reading this book that I noted I had to come clean and give them kudos again. They redeemed themselves in many ways.
I do not need to go into detail as other reviewers will but suffice it to say that all of the characters in the series make an appearance, like a cast curtain call, many of them with their amazing stories completed. The primary story line, Pendergast's, is a satisfying roller-coaster ride with twists and turns that keep the pitch high. Exotic, interesting locales and a host of new, dark and interesting characters make it a satisfying journey.
If you are a fan of these two authors you can be assured that this effort is among their better work...not their best...but highly recommendable, finely crafted, entertaining and a wild ride.
The series narrator is above criticism and is among the best out there...
In my ignorance I thought I knew this story without having read it. Even though I have read many books on WWII, I swept by this assuming it was what it seemed to be...people hiding from the Nazis. However, there is so much depth and humanity to this work that it truly deserves its recognition. How one young girl could give us all so much is testiment to its honesty and innocence. If you have not read it and said someday you would...now is the time. There is no reviewing it as it stands apart from any criticism. This is an experience and a human journey that will live with you well past closing the book...hopefully for the rest of your life.
Selma's performance is fitting.
Dr. Lustig is the champion of the "sugar is poison" subject. His scientific message about the infiltration of sugar and processed food throughout the world and the growing list of harmful health effects should be mandatory reading for everyone...simply so one can make better choices.
The first half of the book Dr. Lustig uses a wry, fresh sense of humor to keep us engaged but somewhere around half-way the sense of humor (and connection) goes away and the science and soapbox take over. This is an important work but it must be said that it is also his first book and a book is not a short form speech. I am surprised his editor did not guide him to a more balanced effort.
Following his substantial scientific evidence, Dr. Lustig does offer examinations of nearly every recent diet plan to have come along in the last few decades...and even early man. He offers a host of solutions ranging from medical, political, economic, education and business to common sense. However, the message becomes its own burden...a weight of its own that does not empower or really inspire...
I do recommend the book!!! I learned a great deal and have already had a lot of exposure to the subject. In an ironic twist though the title of the book says it all..."Fat Chance"...which to me means that we will not or cannot succeed in overcoming the acceptance of the harmful aspects of sugar and processed food into our world....and that was the cumulative feeling I had when finishing the book.
I picked this up because we can all use more willpower. Everyone has a weakness...or many. I did not expect the scope of the subject to extend into society, economy, biology and history as well. Not only did I get great advice and endless, researched documented examples but it gave me psychological clues into other projects I am working on...like helping a school population eat better or WHY there is an obesity epidemic...
While the narrator is more listenable on the second go-round (yes, this book deserves multiple listens) the tone and inflections of the narrator's voice was a difficult match with the material. It was soft and soothing but tedious...perhaps the reason is that the author is a female (I think) and the delivery is male. It does have a sense of humor about it that is refreshing. All in all, this is a valuable excursion that you will grow from. I have recommended it to many people.
I am a true Pressfield fan...but what happened? I have proudly given his works on creativity away as Christmas gifts...voraciously consumed all of his masterful historical fiction, several times each. In his "Do the Work" he mentions a failed book that did not pan out as he had hoped and I think this must be it. Lovers of superfluous military detail will love this book because superfluous is just the beginning...detail that means nothing, pointless characters that are flatter than paper...a story that I can't believe you had anything to do with. I am sorry Steven...I hate writing this review but you deserve every word. I have listened to and read your inspirational and tough words on creativity but you did not live by any of it by releasing this work. I finished it out of respect hoping you would redeem yourself but you left me in the middle of a vast, dry careless desert. The trip was excruciating and so impossibly short of you.
My headline says it all. I did not expect how much dimension and humility this book would add to my life. It is a journey filled with characters. values and social statement that will enrich your life. The movie was so, so pale compared to the book...though it was amazing anyone even tried it. The author is the narrator and the result is authenticity at it's best.
I am a fan of both Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Recently their work has been less than what they are capable of but this book did not disappoint. Here Lincoln steps up with a solid solo offering. The story and characters are all somewhat familiar with references to many other works of adventure. Miles rolled by effortlessly as the story, narrated very competently, did not hang-up and continually unfolded with interest and enough intrigue. No, it was not mind-bending but rather a comfortable exotic adventure tale mixed with science, supernatural, mystery and an interesting (but familiar) group of characters. I would recommend this book if you like these authors or if you care for an easy and engaging tale that is a friendly, quality distraction.
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