I don't know.
I think it was just me. The slow, monotonous pace of the story/narrative could not be helped. This guy's life just wasn't that exciting or interesting. Yes. I bought it because I thought that period of history would be fascinating. But was it written in a way to keep my attention? No. At least not within the first two hours. I just gave up. I rarely give up on a book. Maybe I'm getting old or impatient but I just couldn't take it after two hours.
Performance/voice was fine.
The book might be mind-blowingly exciting and riveting immediately after the first two hours of listening - so take what I say with a grain of salt. The other reviewers seemed to think it was a great story.
I love nothing better than getting insights into human history - especially when it's a history of such epic proportions that I, embarrassingly, knew so little about.
This story was thoroughly enjoyable because of the careful research, the clear writing - and in this case the narration.
The writing is clear and rolls out well - no boring portions or needless pontifications. The reader's voice was simple and clear. A nice combination that allowed me to listen at 2x speed.
As an amateur history buff I wasn't prepared for the huge readjustment of my historical world-view. It filled in huge gaps in my thinking.
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