The narration is superb, never getting in the way of the story at all, which is in and of itself incredibly engaging. Excellent research brings new light on some of the most troubling and debated events in the story of T.E. Lawrence. The story is well-rounded out with other fascinating and influential people, and I have a much better understanding of the events of WWI in the Middle East, and their far-reaching effects.
T.E. Lawrence is a difficult person to like and to understand, but the author makes him understandable and in that understanding I commiserated with him. He is a rare person in human history and these events have had such long-lasting effects, certainly to modern times, and possibly much further.
I have not listened to this narrator before, but I am actively seeking other books he has narrated based upon what an excellent job he did.
I never intended to listen to this in one sitting, (the narration is over 22 hours), nor should anyone try. There is so much here to take in! I will listen to this one again, I can tell you that for certain, and have purchased the hardback to read at home as well.
I purchased books to listen to while I work or while travelling, times when I cannot read a physical book. This was totally worth it and I have spent a very enjoyable month listening to this, rewinding and listening to parts over and over. It makes some of my drudgery work go faster. This is the best recording yet!
The characters are so normal and yet extraordinary because the writing is so fine, the characters so keenly drawn with affection and compassion, and the time period was so well depicted that the reader/listener feels as if they are there.
The narration is superb, the vocalization of the various characters is particularly well done.
I adore the movie "Simon Birch" which is a film adaptation rather loosely based on this story. Upon raving about it to a friend, he said, "You should read the original." I've intended to do so for many years, but feared it could not compare to the beauty and depth of "Simon Birch". I was so wrong. "Simon Birch" is fantastic. This is even more moving, even greater depth.
The recording has distracting pauses, long enough to make me wonder each time if there was a problem with the program and cease my work to go check. The story is interesting and the narration overall good, but the writing gave the feeling of a dime store novel, something cheap and overly dramatic.
I imagine there will be a follow-up to tie up some loose ends, but I will not be reading/listening to it.
This book probably appeals to a different type of reader, someone who enjoys crime/mystery magazine stories and odd detectives. That's the odd thing about this book. I liked the main character, I liked his voice, his phrasing, and his personality and backstory, but that liking did not translate into a true enjoyment of the story, though I was intrigued enough to finish listening to the story.
The characters were not enjoyable. For the life of me I could not figure out why Madeleine was attracted in a life-altering way to Angel. He was weak, vain, and had few, if any, redeeming qualities. The most decent character in the book...well, I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it was all a bit too neat. Overall the book left me quite dissatisfied.
Made the main characters more redeemable, more likeable. Everything tied up too neatly.
NO. If I wasn't at work, distracted by other things, I would not have continued to listen.
I can't shake off how irritating the main characters were, and how it all tied up too neatly, resolved too suddenly, even though the book droned on and on for (Really?) 12 plus hours.
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