I really enjoyed this book. The story held me through the full 800 pages and the character development for the most part was very good. That is especially true of the main characters, Theo, Boris, Mrs. Barber, Theo's mother and father, Sandra and Hobbie. I want to be like Hobbie. What a saintly, rich person. The development of Kitsy and Pippa was not as strong.
The writing has been compared to that of Dickens, and I would have to say it falls short of that. Dickens was able to get into the sordid side of life with humor and without making the reader feel oppressed by it. The humor is definitely missing in this book, but it did manage to avoid the oppressive part by painting Theo as an innocent, naïve victim of his circumstances.
The portrayal of Theo as having little control over his fate and casting him in a somewhat fatalistic light, both for his life and for life in general. is something I cannot accept, so this put me somewhat at odds with the author. There was also a little too much drug use for my taste.
The reading by David Pittu is superb. He brought the book to life with his inflections and voices.
Overall, I would recommend this book, but do not see it being a classic.
This is an excellent book that gives a vivid portrayal of Stonewall Jackson, one of the great generals in the Confederacy and perhaps in American history. Both as a military leader and as an individual, Stonewall Jackson was a remarkable character. The narration is also excellent.
This book was really worth reading. It was both educational and inspirational. I did not know much about Nelson Mandela and the conditions in South Africa before reading this book. Now I do and to read about the struggle Mandela went through to eliminate aparateid is truly amazing. Highly recommend this book.
This is an excellent and poignant description of what it was like to serve in combat in Vietnam, in this case as a helicopter pilot. The story is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our troops in that war, what it was like and the effect it had on them.
Normally, I do not like books read by the author. However, in this case, John LeCarre did an excellent job of narration. Unfortunately, I found the book itself to be confusing and difficult to follow, especially the ending.
Not as good as Peter the Great, but an interesting followup to that book and worth reading.
Even though this book is Hank Greenberg's highly biased version of his successes (all his endeavors were successful in this book) and endeavors (in which he was somehow always right and prescient), it is worth reading to get his side of the story and an insight into his organized, methodical, analytical, egotistical and assertive mindset. In spite of the bias, I do believe Greenberg was a remarkable CEO and AIG would not have imploded if he had not been unjustly kicked out.
Unfortunately, the narration was very poor, with the narrator speaking in a sing-song voice and emphasizing the oddest words in the sentence. HIs voice imitations were sometimes LOL funny they were so ridiculous.
I found this book very interesting, both because Walter O'Malley is someone worth learning about because he accomplished remarkable things and because I am a Dodger fan and it was enjoyable to know more about their history.
If you are very familiar with all types of airplanes, flying jargon, military anachronisms, flying formations and military terminology, you will like this book. If, like me, you are not so well versed in these things, you will find this book a slow read and a bit hard to follow. I would have preferred to see the author pick out a few key, milestone advances in fighter planes and to have developed those in detail rather than cover so many different types of planes and training evolutions.
It is not hard to believe that the authro is not a writter, but an ex-insurance executive. This story is disjointed and lacks any compelling pace. Additionally, the narrator voice is too sugary and lacks depth. The book does a good job of telling about CV Starr, Also, because it is the only book about Hank Greenburg, other than a book Mr. Greenburg wrote, it might be worth reading. Also, way too much about all the lawsuits.
I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a much better understanding of the Middle East and the role T.E. Lawrence played there during WWI. However, it was a slow read rather than a page turner. It was also a little hard to follow all the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job. Would recommend.
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