I got this title for free as a sign-up promotion. I was ambivalent, never having listened to a book before. I admit it. The experience was good, even though it takes far longer to listen to a book than it does to read it.
But I can do housework or work in my wood shop while listening.
And Turtledove's book is not good, it's great. I've enjoyed for years his alternate history writing, and this is a wonderful change of pace.
The characters are very believable, only very occasionally going over the top just a bit, but rapidly coming back. The plot is straightforward, without twists and turns, again a departure from much of what Turtledove writes. I'm going to buy the second book and pray for a third.
and we want to defend him because he really did mean to evade taxes but it was because of his beliefs about the economy and not his greed that led him to break the law egregiously and repeatedly.
Is there ANY way I can get back my money? I only got through 20 minutes before i realized this was nothing but right-wing propaganda. The Austrian School should remain in Austria (just as Hitler should have.)
Everything between Introduction and End.
I really do want my money back.
A tour-de-force combining history, alternate history, an arch-fiend called the past, and excellent character development. This is quite likely King's best ever novel.
I am not usually a fan of first-person narratives, since they are almost never satisfying. Mr. King has presented a first-person narrative that clicks on all levels. Among the more interesting features is his ability to switch to a third-person account and make it seem as though the main character is relating his analysis of conversations he has previously had with other characters. This technique has allowed the author to develop the other characters seamlessly. As a professional writer myself (though not of fiction) I recognize how difficult this is to pull off.
Craig Wasson has outdone himself on his narration of the book, shifting frequently and almost successfully among a variety of dialects and imbuing each sentence with exactly the stress/emphasis that the author intended.
Five stars all the way around, and those five are not enough, particularly for Mr. Wasson.
Kudos to both.
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