This book paints a most interesting picture of life in England on a vast canvas. It ranges from tales of royalty to those of mine workers living in abject poverty. The callousness of the English upper classes is well illustrated and the connections of the Kennedy clan to the English aristocracy and the tragic results of Catholic/Protestant bigotry was a revalation.
As good as any audio book I have read so far.
I did not like anything about the story, But it is a story that must be told. This is a very uncomfortable true story that will leave any sensitive readers extremely disturbed. I am a South African and as such I have experienced living in a suppressiva Police State. But the characters in this story would have been extremely at home in the Apartheid regime. I had to ask myself who was more vicious, the murder/rapist or the bloodthirsty prosecuters and police.
I liked the pace and delivery of Vincent Marzellos's performance and the variety of accents and voice tones employed.
This book frightened me intensely. I have read biographies of Stalin, Hitler and Mao, but this book illustrates that the terror tactics that they applied in a macro sense are taking place in the supposedly most civlized countries in a small but insidious way.
Be informed about the tactics used in this book so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from this terror.
Finally got to read this book. It was well worth the read and I should have read it 50 years ago.
The horror of the Soviet Union under Stalin is something that must be made known. This book has done a lot to bring this reality to the fore. My only criticism is that this is an abridged version and in some ways seemed a bit disjointed. John Nettles renders a good narrative and I will certainly be encouraged to listen to anything else he might read.
This book had a subject that resonated with me. The book started well, but the second half of the book was filled with a lot of stuff that seemed irrelevant and was just written to fill up a book. It became a no sense read.
What a discovery! Gladwell has finally revealed to me the secret of why my son, born in September, couldn't shape in his age group as a swimmer. A brilliant concept and a brilliant book. Very appropriately narrated by the author.
The narrator gave this book an excellent degree of authenticity. The book was very disturbing and thought provoking. I have not read any of McNab's fictional titles, but this non fiction book gives a disturbing insight into the way that the real characters in the SAS are affected by the rigors of their profession. Well written and brilliantly narrated.
I expected a laugh a minute. There wasn't one. A nice little autobiography, but not a lot of laughs. Perhaps it's the way he tells it.
This book provided me with some extremely fascinating views on football in general and make me realize that England can't win a world cup. The reading out, at length, of spreadsheets with hundreds of data entries makes this book unbearably boring in parts.
This is one of the most disturbing and haunting stories I have ever read. I was spellbound throughout and was able to see within this horror story an uncanny series of bizarre coincidences. I was moved to tears on numerous occasions during the reading. After approaching the subject with a degree of resistance (I kept it in my library for some time before reading) I must recommend this book most highly. Read it!
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