Kevin Foley narrates this book superbly. The accents, style and even the period is captured the way I imagine it would of been. T. R. Fehrenbach has written and excellent study of this conflict both from the social political point of view as well as the soldier in the shell scrape. He is neither bogged down in strategy or emotional turmoil but does a neat balancing act between the two. I am not saying this is the perfect history, I don't know, I know little of this war but this book has open my mind to what happen, possibly why and how. The Americans are caught off guard and suffer due to relaxed attitudes amongst politician, public and the so called citizens army. They however are quick to learn, if they have the time. The North Koreans are quick and strong, but there blitzkrieg was not sustainable and this is where logistics win wars. The Chinese are excellent diplomats and soldiers but they do waste so much to achieve short term gains especially at the discussion tables.
A war of waste, heroism and stamina with no victory or heroes.
This book is good and great to listen to. I loved it and wonder why I took so long to listen to it, the length flew by and I was a little sad it finished. Funny, but the book sort of finishes as the war finishes, with very little fanfare and then suddenly you are back home with no real answers to what just happened.
I hope though that the world has learned the lessons of the Korean War and that the US never makes the same mistakes again.
I would like to read another book on the subject and if it was possible, from the other side, but I don't think it would be as good.
Christopher Vogler breaks down his craft into easy to understand points and elaborates on them without causing any confusion or lack of fun. He is good and if you want to tell a story, then this lecture is worth listening to. My copy had a slight audio problem but the points got across nicely.
This book tells the story of the British Army Camouflage Unit in the North African Campaign of the Second World War (1940-43). Surprising it is quite a page turner and does have great detail without being bogged down. If you are interested in the Second World War then this is a must, but if your thing is the North African Campaign with the 8th Army, Deutsch Africa Corps and lets not forget the Italians, then you need this book. Everybody gets a mention, South African Engineers, Australian Desert Rats, British HQ in Cairo or Rommel's adjutant. A good book worth the listen too.
Not knowing much about law, this book was one of my attempts to dive into the subject. My thinking is that it is an anti-socialist political commentary. The points are put forward well and I think anyone interested in politics should listen to this but read other books to get a well rounded view. All part of my plan.
Now I know why lawyers get paid so much. This stuff is dry and hard to plough through. My plan is to keep listening to these law books so it might rub off on me. I understood little of this book and found my head swimming in a swamp of history and basic law terms. I will come back to this book for a second reading once I get other books under my belt. Robert Morris is a rather boring narrator but the subject matter isn't easy.
The use of accents are now becoming a little cliché. Michael Kitchen is his usual high standard and the author Michael Dibdin has really developed into a enjoyable writer. Pity he has died. The story is interesting and moves along nicely. There is no real confusion with characters or plot and watching Zen do his job even with the ills that hit him out of the dark so to speak is wonderful, although he does seem to be resting on his Loral's. I guess he is coming to the end of his career and now knows the score so why upset the system. Never the less he does an adequate job and learns a little about truffles and wine in this case. This book will not make you an expert in these subjects but perhaps appreciate them a little more, and the reason not to keep rats as pets.
Richard Armitage is the best. I nice take on the tale. Worth every cent and every minute listening to it. Do yourself a favour and get this novel.
Well told and superbly narrated this book is an excellent overview of the Samurai. From the start to present day we see the history, the development, and finally the demise. The book shows how the idea of Samurai was used and abused in the 20th Century for political, social and media goals. Jonathan Clements has opinions and views but generally the book covers the topic in a level handed way to make the reader (listener) feel it is balanced and objective. Just over 12 hours long, it is a brief view of the Samurai which if this subject interest you, you'll fly through and find fascinating.
Loved the book and the narrator is excellent.
Other books in the series cover these stories in this book. Jordan Gaither American accent is all wrong. Don't listen to this book.
First of all I don't like this authors (Peter FitzSimons) style of writing or history. Second, the narrator Richard Aspel is dreadful. Thirdly, there are better books than this one on the telling of the Ned Kelly Gang incidents.
Peter FitzSimons isn't a very good historian, but he does try. He tends to take a side and skew the telling. Don't get me wrong, he can write and his newspaper column is one of my favourite Sunday readings, but his telling of history is not good. He tells a story, that some might like to listen or read but not me.
Richard Aspel seems to make every sentence a drama filled statement, even when it isn't. I don't think he could read a dozen words without stopping which makes the continuity hard to listen to. By the end of the book, I just wanted the whole thing finished with. It was hard to get through this book, mainly due to his narration.
If the epilog had introduced the book, without the what happen to the characters after Edward Kelly departed us (spoiler alert) this book might have been forgivable, but it is too one sided, too 'the truth is in the telling' and too sensational.
I have listen and read some other of Peter FitzSimons books and as an author, he doesn't impress me, as a media personality, I like him, as a historian I am not happy with. This book was a personal quest for Mr FitzSimons who describes it as "a big boofy bearded guy writing about a big boofy bearded guy". (Not exact quote). If you like Mr FitzSimons story telling, then buy the book and read it and skip Richard Aspel narration. If you want to read better books on the history, then go to the back and see which books Mr FitzSimons has used for reference and research.
Not the best book on Ned Kelly
I have listen to Daniel Pink's books and find that they usually don't convince me of their arguments however this book is good. Not that he totally convinced me that it is human nature to sell, perhaps to trade, convince and work for each others benefits, but to sell, well to sell is to scam and this book didn't convince me other than that idea. To say that, not all sales people are scammers but lets face it, no trade is perfect, somebody pays.
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