I loved learning about the father of our country and, as always, Paul Johnson makes history entertaining and approachable. When you finish this book you'll appreciate what a great man Washington was and how fortunate America was to have his leadership. For the amateur historian there was just enough detail to understand his life and times.
I found the narrator a bit irritating to listen to. He seemed to read every single sentence the exact same way.
I thought the book was quite interesting and I learned a lot about birds. This is one of the few books that I'll probably re-listen to because there is so much good information that I want to retain.
The reader, however, is not my favorite. He is a bit too slow so ended up listening to the book on 1.25 or 1.5 speed. He also has a "smokers" voice which to me, is not completely pleasant. Nevertheless, the book is good.
BTW, don't Google the bird "cock on a rock" at work. Just saying.
First off, I think all Americans should be proud that our nation created a man like Garfield. The story of his life is one of virtue (except for one occasion) and hard work. Even if he served as president for a short time, he was an amazing man.
This book does a great job of telling Garfield's story, the story of his times and the medicine at the time in an entertaining and very interesting way.
I recommend this book highly and the narrator did an excellent job.
The Great War can be hard to understand because the world was so different just 100 years ago. This war seemed so unnecessary. Millions of lives lost and yet it is still hard to understand the purpose of so much carnage. This book will leave the amateur historian with a much better understanding of events.
The author does a great job with his various background segments. More than just a history of what led up to the war and the war itself, this book gives the reader an idea of what Europe in 1914 was like, information on the main players and events.
This book doesn't get too bogged down in the minor details of each battle, but instead talks about the overall strategy of the combatants and how the battles played out. He also does an excellent job of bringing many of the main characters to life.
It changed and enriched my view on the war. I think Germany is less responsible for the outbreak of the war than previously thought - there's plenty of blame to go around - and was much to harshly treated at its end.
The narrator was a bit of a slow reader so I played him at 1.5 speed on my Kindle Fire. That seemed to work just fine.
I highly recommend this book!!
We all know the name Socrates, but often time we think philosophers are insufferable know-it-alls. Socrates was not. Although this book only generally touches upon his philosophy it does a great job in describing what sort of man Socrates was and the times he lived in. The author does a great job in making the information accessible and interesting and the narrator was excellent.
This really was an entertaining and educational 17 hours. The book covers everything from the creation of the planet and life to the extinction of the dodo. The writing has a certain sense of humor to it which makes what could be a dry topic entertaining. Ultimately you'll be amazed that life, let alone human life, is here.
I couldn't stop listening to this story. Its horrible to imagine that between 150,000 and 200,000 people are currently living in North Korean prison camps today. That the prisoners were physically abused is horrible, but what they go through emotionally is even more astounding. I have several friends who have read or listened to this book and without an exception we all found it fascinating. I highly recommend this book.
Elijah Wood makes this story come to life - what an amazing narrator!! The best part of the book is the relationship between Huck and Jim. Once Huck and Jim set out on the raft the story really becomes entertaining and endearing. For the listener its interesting to see the attitudes towards, race, slavery, child abuse, religion while being entertained by the adventures. To me, the part that was less entertaining was when Tom Sawyer gets involved in helping Jim escape. Anyway, I highly recommend this entertaining classic.
The first part of the book covers the authors life dealing with her Mormon beliefs. That part was interesting and insightful into the Mormon beliefs and religion. As the book continues I realized that the author, although likeable, is really troubled beyond her religion. It was an entertaining listen in a soap opera way, but not the sort of book that I would generally read.
The narrator is clear and the history is told in an easily understood, straightforward manner. Often times an historian gets sidetracked, but not Churchill. Also, its fascinating to hear the history of the American Revolutionary War from the English perspective
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