I'm not sure I can get through this. The narrator does weird things (such as imitation French accent quoting an Englishman) with her voice when she is reading quotations and is not always understandable. Her regular reading voice is ok, but Really Irritating when she reads quotations. I know print books have proof readers, don't audiobooks have proof listeners? I was warned, but I am usually able to enjoy the book despite the narrator.
I'm about 2 hours in and periodically have to stop listening because it gets so annoying.
I had never read the book or seen a "Gatsby" movie. I was pretty confused because she kept reading excerpts of the Gatsby book. I bought the audio version of "the Great Gatsby".
After listening to it this book made more sense.
First, I'd like to say to those who didn't like the author's reading: I found it like a personal encounter with someone who is truly interesting and engaging. He's talking to me, not an audience.
The story is different. He has lived a very unique life. I got off to a slow start (I had put this book off for a long time) but it became more interesting as he went from China to boxing, to Bosnia and Bolivia as a relief worker and then to SEAL training. His insights into human behavior, learned from experience, helped me to look at other lifestyles with more understanding.
Buy the book! -- the proceeds will help wounded American warriors. From hearing his story I'm sure he will make more use of those few dollars than I ever could.
I really enjoyed this book. Robert Massie covers the history of everything going on that had any influence on Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows little or nothing about Russian history. It's a good story and you get a picture of life in the 16th-17th century.
I would never have selected this book if I had not listened to the author's work on George Washington. I was impressed by the overall story telling and the details. It is long, but held my interest. The author gives a lot of the backstory and we see the human character (and failings) of the "founding fathers". I learned a lot about Alexander Hamilton and did not realize how much he contributed to the founding of the U.S. I also learned that politics haven't changed much since the founding -- which gives me hope for the future. And, it is "G" rated for family listening.
I picked this because I enjoy history. Wow! A surprisingly good story. The author gives interesting details about the characters and events.
The narrator was slow, the text gave too many insignificant details. I think this was noted in other reviews. I've made it to their second meeting. Don't know if I can take much more.
This was made from tapes and the sound quality was poor (hard to understand while driving). The book was recommended by a friend. She liked it, but I didn't. Unnecessary descriptions of sex.
It was very interesting to see the relationships of Europe's leaders before WWI. I did spend a lot of time on Wickipedia and other sites to keep the genealogies straight -- very good story to inspire more research in history
A good listen when you're driving 5 hours, or just doing housework -- pretty much G or PG rated
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