I think the first ever audiobook I listened to was by Bill Bryson & I keep coming back for more! Bryson has the ability to make history really come alive. He is able to weave disparate stories together seamlessly and find amusing anecdotes throughout! I love his narration- you can hear the amusement in his voice, plus I just love the way he says "Warshington"!
I have been wanting to read/listen to this book for a while. I did enjoy it but have some pet peeves. I was interested in both the story of the Worlds Fair & in the intrigue of the story of Dr Holmes but did feel that combining the two was a bit of a stretch... The influences of the worlds fair were very interesting, but certainly not as compelling as the other narrative. As far as narration goes, I kept wishing that Edward Hermann was telling me the story. Scott Brick's style seems better suited for mystery than history as he often sounded over emphatic and sinister when it was not called for.
I knew BJ Novak from The Office & did not think I was a big fan but have changed my mind after listening to these stories! I laughed out loud several times while listening! BJ Novak's writerly "voice" really resonated with me & several times I thought, " that's clever!" Or " So true!". Great narration by BJ & several others including Mindy Kaling.
The perfect combination of an amazing, inspiring true-life story of Louis Zamperini, wonderful writing by Laura Hillenbrand that keeps you involved at all times, and perfect narration with warmth and gravitas by Edward Hermann. The best audiobook I've ever listened to; my new gold standard!
Worth listening to for anyone in health care or disaster preparedness. Very thought provoking-What would you do when caring for seriously ill patients during severe circumstances with little to no outside support? Why were the outcomes at this hospital so different from other New Orleans hospitals during Hurricane Katrina. I did have some trouble keeping people's names straight - not sure if that is because I listened in smaller chunks, or due to the writing or narration.
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