Ron Chernow and Scott Brick have to be one of the best combinations of author/narrator out there. To begin with, the compelling story of the life of Alexander Hamilton was extremely well written. It was fascinating for me to learn just how challenging an environment existed in the early part of our nations history. And for a "foreigner" to have played such an impotant role in its beginning is just amazing. This book is one of the best I've listened to or read in a VERY long time. And Scott Brick is simply an excellent reader. His tone, tempo, voice, inflection, dictation, etc. are all perfect. I looked so forward to the ride to/from work every day to continue the story. I'd give it ten stars if I could.
I've listened to a lot of Revolutionary era books in recent months, but this was my first listen that discussed the Tory involvement to such a great degree. I don't want to only understand the "school-book" version of the conflict, but I want to get a good sense of ALL the people of the era and not just the primary participants. This book gave me a great perspective of the Loyalists role in the war.
I LOVE Scott Brick. His voice and style are perfect as far as i'm concerned and he would have greatly improved this book.
There were numerous points in the book where vivid details of some of the action--against combatants and civilians alike--that were absolutely heinous. i have a relatively tough skin, but some of the atrocities performed by both sides against old people, women, and children left a pretty bad feeling.
Jeremy Gage was VERY difficult to listen to. He has an odd accent and speaks in a monotone, drifting off frequently in mid-sentence. His prononciation and manner of reading (example, June One, September Eight, instead of June First, September Eighth, etc.) and inability to properly enunciate words beginning in "un" (ONcle, in stead of UNcle, for example) or "ex" (AXercise, instead of EXercise) I found to be extremely distracting.
Yes. I found the material itself very interesting and relavant. I had been looking for a book on mutual funds and this filled that need.
This book doesn't lend itself to "memorable moments" since it's primarily educational material.
Scott's performance was good. There was, however, one chapter which he DIDN'T read. I don't know who did, but that one chapter was horrible.
This book doesn't lend itself to sparking a response since it's primarily educational material.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the material, this book doesn't translate into audio format at all. Imagine listening to a math or physics book. There are just too many tables, charts and other data that fit well in written form, but are not suited to having them read to you. I need to SEE the tables and charts in order to best understand them.
Ken Burns is a tremendous documentarist...not such a tremendous reader. If you like baseball, you'll greatly enjoy the anecdotes and various tidbits that make up this generally entertaining tale. The book covers virtually the entire history of the game is such a relatively short time, but you don't feel shortchanged at the end. It was quite difficult at times, however, to not get distracted by the narrators (Burns) somewhat high-pitched, slow, sterile reading style.
Although I'm not even remotely affiliated with anything "Wall-Street" I have a high level of interest in economics and finance, so I had high expectations for this book. Those expectations were not met.
The book: The book is more about the people behind the scenes than it is about HOW the various financial institutions became "Too Big to Fail". And listening to the stories of how much greed and arrogance exists in these institutions was infuriatingly aggravating. My biggest complaint, however, was how the book was structured; there were simply too many people involved to allow the listener to keep track of who's who. And the tangents the author takes to provide background on many of these individuals, although probably intended to provide context, took the listener into so many different directions that it made it extremely difficult to follow the storyline.
The reader: The reader was "OK," but I didn't like the manner in which he frequently used inflection as HE thought a person would speak. Not having been there (the reader, that is) I have no idea how he can assume HOW a sentence or exclamation was spoken. After awhile, it got annoying.
At two-thirds of the way through, I had had enough and wanted to stop listening, but I had paid for the book so was determined to get through it--it didn't get any better.
It may make a good movie someday, but as an audio book I found it quite lacking.
As a casual history buff, I was greatly impressed with both the narrative and the reading. Chernow does a tremendous job of putting the reader into the middle of the action--greatly detailing not only the facts of each event, but the thoughts and feelings of each of the participants. This made for a wonderfully enlightening adventure through one of the most interesting times in our history. And Scott Brick was absolutely the most perfect accompaniment to the story. It took me quite awhile to get through, since I was only listening on my way to/from work, but I eagerly awaited that trip. I would highly recommend this book in any form.
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