I cannot recommend this. What was one of the most dramatic, and controversial episodes of history is boring, negative, and tedious in this tome. In addition to a generally flat reading of text, the presentation is also marred by mispronounced German words, and at best secondary pronunciation of some English words. Perhaps if the story were better, these would be memorable eccentricities. Instead, they are distractions.Too many (hundreds ?) names are recited without further reference or development of who that person was, whence he came, why he is there, et cetera. The reader may as well have been reading the phone book. Dreadful.
I don't know... My previous selections have been wonderful experiences. I hated for them to end, and was so eager to have another. This thing makes me entertain the notion of never again listening to another audio book.
Pronunciation, and intonation. But the text is the real culprit.
No. We all know Hitler was a bad guy.. yeah, yeah, yeah. No new meaningful information is presented in this material... just additional, boring minutiae of calendars and guest lists. In contrast to Winston Churchill, and Thomas Jefferson, perhaps Hitler left behind too little information about himself. The book lacks an even-handed(!) examination of the ideas, and Zeitgeist that made the Third Reich possible. Hitler had a lot of support, and not just in Germany. What were the ideas that had broad international support? Instead we hear, as on the nightly TV news, that Hitler was a bad guy who thought only bad, and unjust thoughts. And, outside of a few 'close friends' whom we also know from public school history, nobody thought or believed such things. So simplistic-- 60 hours of it! Ugh.
Life is too short to waste your time on this.
TW depicts the milieu which Millennials must navigate with extreme clarity and accuracy. I cannot think of any previous generations wherein the younger was so poorly served, or callously disregarded by the older. The judgment will be deservedly harsh.
None, really. This book is unique in my experience.
Awesome affection of accents, female voices, and still annunciate clearly.
Vodka and Sex for Everyone!
We Euro-types (especially males) take a beating in popular media these days. It's a kind of sport, really, for the others, and our own masochists. If all that is getting you down, or you sense it isn't quite true, listen to this.
I see the rants on popular web sites, and they are okay as a quick antidote to our daily poison. Kind of a sugar rush, I suppose. This book, on the other hand, has real meat on it, and is served without flash, fanfare, or chest-beating.
Scholarly presentation... totally devoid of sensationalism.
I know (knew?) nearly nothing of The Crusades. I did not realize 'The West' was so noble then.
I don't have the print edition, but Davidson's narration is wonderful-- totally enjoyable. It takes a couple chapters to appreciate all his 'impersonations' (e.g. female characters), but as the story progresses, you will appreciate the variety it brings.
Churchill is an amazing character-- I expected that, but the author does a wonderful of job of setting the environment, and providing just enough background and detail for other important characters (e.g. his mother, General Kitchener, et cetera).
His intonations / impersonations of characters, and of course, Churchill! Brilliant!
Yes, but it is too long for that. Plus, you don't want it to be over too soon.
It is a long listen. Be patient. Allow the author and narrator to draw you in.
Absolutely... I re-listened to many passages multiple times to be certain I caught all the detail.
An attentive listener can develop a very personal relationship with TJ.
The patience to savor the words of TJ... allow TJ's conception of human liberty to blossom in the mind of the listener.
It is hard to imagine a film doing justice to this material.
Yes... I did... it's a great story.
The Hessian attack on Fort Lee.
Mmmm... hard to say, since I haven't read the book. But DM has a good voice, good intonation and pronunciation... maturity.
Many great moments... but the observations and recollections of average soldiers are great: recalling how cold they were, or how prosperous American cities seemed to be.
Pay attention to hints of why seemingly wealthy Americans like Washington, Jefferson, Adams et al would risk everything-- literally everything-- in the Revolution.
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