The insights in how geography, circumstances of the time & place, and other factors have effected the cultures of ancient civilizations. Well presented, with enthusiasm and understanding, as well. I would love to listen to more by Dr. Aldrete.
Perhaps Guns, Germs, and Steel, but this is much more credentialed.
His enthusiasm for the topic might not come out as well. He has a nice speaking voice.
I think I could find better uses for my money. I would be willing to put up with Merlington's voice for a really good book, but it would be a negative factor.
This book provided a broad overview of the topic. It was thoughtful, not shallow. However, it offered nothing new. The author had read what I have read and added nothing. If you have read nothing on the topic and are looking for "one stop shopping" coverage, then this may suit you better than it did me.
I will certainly be listening to this again. It's an enjoyable and really fun book with unexpected twists.
Some similarities to Barbra Annino's Stacy Justice series, in that it is well written with characters I came to care for, strong yet still feminine characters, and a great plot that kept me guessing. Still, the overall tone was different than the Stacy Justice series. More peppery and sillier, in keeping with the twisted fairytale aspect.
I really enjoy the way Barbra Annino makes her main characters both strong and female. Many consider the two traits to not go together -- some are men who consider women weak by definition, others are women who deny all the feminine in themselves because they don't want to be seen as weak. I see being true to yourself in spite of societal pressures to be a part of strength. I like that Snow White, in this book, "liked cooking, even cleaning, and she especially enjoyed making her surroundings beautiful." Indeed, Snow White with her sensitivity to herself and others, and Bella Bookless with her love of animals and books, are my favorite characters in this book. Punzie and Cindy were grittier and may appeal more to some others. Still, Snow is perhaps the most determined character in the book, as Annino writes, "There was something important at the heart of all these strange experiences, and Snow was bound and determined to figure out exactly what it was."
Very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Eagerly waiting to learn more about Granny, Judge Redhood, Snow, Bella, and Grim!
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that is what I am offering here. Enjoy!
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