I can now add William Manchester and Frederick Davidson to Winston Churchill's name on my short list of heros. This biography brings not only Churchill, but all of his friends, enemies and influencers to life. The author's attention to all the players in this lifelong drama transforms the course of history into a compelling drama that held my attention through 41 hours of excellent narration. Frederick Davidson does an outstanding job with all the characters' voices and personalities. It was an absolutely spellbinding history lesson.
A facinating telling of the founding and growth of the dutch colony on Manhattan in the 1600's. The personalities and twists of fate and timing were woven into a thoroughly engrossing story. The author does get a little longwinded at the end describing how these settlements had a lasting impact on the development of America, as well as american culture and policy. Having grown up in New York, I didn't need that much convincing. Overall, a compelling story and an excellent history lesson.
I just finished listening to Manchester's 3rd volume on Winston Churchill, "The Last Lion". So I was well aware of the timeline of the events of WW II from the allies' perspective. This is a unique and compelling story about the lives of average German citizens during the war years 1940-45. The main character is a 10 year old girl sent to live with a foster family in 1940 in a Munich suburb. It is a story of her new family, her new friends, and the challenges they face as the war comes home to Germany. Narrated so that each character comes to life. You feel their pain and their joy. I didn't want the story to end, and I'm sure I will listen again in the years to come. Bravo!
I read this book many years ago as an introduction to the civil war and my family's place in it. I bought the audio book this summer because I didn't have time to read the book again before my family travelled to Gettysburg for the first time. I was enthralled with the story and the performance by Stephen Hoye. He simply and perfectly brought the book to life. After our tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, I sat on Little Round Top, listened again to the story of the second day at Gettysburg and wept. What more could I have asked for?
The story was well done and the performance was excellent. It did a great job of capturing the important characters and events that lead to the Declaration of Independence. Thirteen very different colonies joined together to declare their freedom from the most powerful nation and military on earth. Now I understand why and how it happened. Being a Jeff Shaara fan, however, I was left wanting more. This is the first abridged title I have purchased, and I have no idea what I missed from the original work. I think I'll stick with unabridged performances from now on.
Excellent historical novel on the first opium war and the founding of Hong Kong. John Lee does an amazing job bringing the characters and story to life. You just wish it wouldn't end.
As expected, the Shogun story is excellent. The character development is superb and the chess game of life in feudal Japan is exquisitely described and expertly played. The reader does an excellent job of giving voice to the various characters and their moods. From a dying elderly Japanese woman to an angry Dutch merchant, he brings the nuances of the characters to life. Well done! Now, I can't wait to listen to Noble House!
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