This is an overly aggressive plot. Straining to span multiple continents, 4 thousand years, and a half dozen major cultures left too many gaps to make an enjoyable story. There are many graphic scenes. Serial killer novels have less blood, sex and sado-masochistic detail. It was hard to finish.
Since the main characters have Scottish and Australian brogues, a UK native would've been a better narrator. This one struggled to keep his accents and voices straight.
I am a fan of old serials, radio and film. Unfortunately, the source material for these recordings is very poor. The static makes it very difficult to make out the dialogue. When listening in the car, it's almost impossible. Disappointed.
Caro delivers again. This volume focuses on period beginning in the months leading up to LBJ's selection as Vice President through the election of 1964. While the detours into the lives of John and Bobby Kennedy are sometimes long, they are very valuable in setting the context for how the personalities of the men shaped their interaction with Johnson. History burnished JFK's Camelot with the sweat LBJ put into passing Kennedy's programs after the assasination. Fascinating human drama in one of the most historically significant American decades in the 20th Century.
An interesting premise quickly deteriorated. The main character isn't interesting. Forty percent of the story describes his poor performance in a video game. The narrator makes it worse with a droning delivery. The book suddenly ended irrationally. Save your credits.
Yes it is World War II biography, but you won't be able to turn it off. You journey alongside an olympic athlete who becomes a soldier, a survivor, a prisoner and struggles to return to life after captivity. The most inspiring biography I've read in a long time.
This is a very interesting view of major cases handled by the FBI during Hoover's years, written by the 3rd ranking man in the agency. In telling the stories of the cases, it occasionally touches Hoover's roles and participation. It includes a strong rebuttal of the attacks on Hoover that have been popular in recent years. The author makes a great case for why the FBI should never become the personal muscle of any politician and how Hoover helped to prevent that outcome during terms of presidents in both parties.
The author states his preference for secularism in a very straightforward fashion. He gives an interesting and occasionally fresh overview of the conflicts between Europe and Asia over the last 2,500 years. The focus is intensely on the philosophic or religious features of those conflicts. The last third is devoted to struggles between the cultures of what he calls the three major monotheisms. Worth the time.
This particular work is not well suited for an audio book because of the extensive references to formulas and diagrams apparently in the hard copy version. The narrarator actually reads from geometric diagrams by line segment notations. It's appeal is further limited by recitation of extensive passages from Galileo's dialogues and letters. There are some interesting insights into Galileo's broader interests and accomplishments. Galileo fans should stick to the bound version of this one.
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