The work generally has a fair amount of novel information, and some of the stories of the experience of those finding themselves in peril are compelling. However, Mr. Gonzales' style suffers when he deviates from a more straightforward narrative of facts into what is, for him, the dangerous hinterlands of purple prose. He has a thesis and it is clearly stated. Yet it is reductive and redundantly referred to in a fashion that makes it seem like filler.
The style and structure of the work is so annoying as to detract from an effective presentation of the materiel.
It was fine.
As mentioned, there is some interesting research presented and some of the stories are compelling.
If you listened to the first two volumes, one likely felt that this was an outstanding biography. However, if you did not know that Mr. Manchester had died before he could flinish the third, brace yourself. The third was completed by another writer and they use a different narrator. I have no criticism of the author's writing (based on Manchester's notes) thought it does seem to lack in comparison to Manchester), but change in narration took quite a while for me to get used to. In all, certainly not reasons not to listen to Volume Three, but there is a bit of a let down here underscoring what an achievement the first two volumes are.
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