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Rachel

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  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    From Nancy Horan, New York Times best-selling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

    N. Thompson says: "Nancy Horan - another good one!"
    "A pretty dull story"
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    What disappointed you about Under the Wide and Starry Sky?

    I didn't find this book very interesting. I didn't bother downloading the second part as I could justify listening to another 8 plus hours of a story that seemed to be going nowhere. The narration was good, although I'm not sure about her Scottish accent!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

    Christopher says: "Learn About the History of Spying."
    "depends what you're after"
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    What did you like best about Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History? What did you like least?

    the second half of the book, dealing with the twentieth century is a clear and interesting overview


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes, this one book is likely not much of an indicator of what the others are like given they feature other speakers on other topics


    What three words best describe Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius’s performance?

    listenable and engaging but not nuanced


    Was Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History worth the listening time?

    the first half of the book was too superficial and remote. Insufficient context was established to give the brief key stories much meaningfulness and there was little to no reflection; no sooner have you started to care about the story he's telling than he's moved on from it. granted this is an overview but it's just too skirting in its approach. if time is such a restriction the lecturer really needs to let certain stories go in order to more fully flesh out others.

    the second half doesn't employ a substantially different approach but there's a continuity and proximity of context that makes it substantially more satisfying.


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