The author read the book himself. It gave the book a more peronal feel.
Not being a professional reader Jim Abbott's performace was little more than simply reading the book. Having said that, being his personal story Abbott's reading the story make is seem much more personal and emotional.
Personal an inspirational
This is an interesting story, well narrated but it is not as good as the first 3 or 4 books in the series.
Empire of the Summer Moon is different than most of the books in the "opening of the west" genre. It doesn't glorify either side.
The Indians and the whites as well as he Mexicans/Spanish all get equal treatment. The book describes all of the bad things that the different factions did to each other. It also describes the mistakes, misunderstanding and unfortunate consequences of a war that lasted from 17th century Spanish settlement to the early 1900's.
It is a fantastic book from a historical point of view. The author tries to explain the politics and customs that led to conflict without ever pointing a blaming finger.
The narrator did a great job making the serious tone of the book entertaining and moving.
Reading the reviews for this I thought it would be a good book. It is more or less a romance novel. If that is what you are looking for than it is probably good. That is not what I was looking for.
I thought it was actually going to be a story about, Oh I don't know maybe time travel, 18th centruy Scotland, something other than sex scenes.
I gave this book a fair chance, I listened to 18 hours of this (bad word), but after all of that time there is still no story other than the romanc novel junk about "he is such a beautiful brute, I just can't help but love him even though I am married to someone else in another time... blah blah blah... "
For all of you fans who love this stuff I am sorry to disrespect your story but it is definately not for me.
Monster Hunter Nemesis is my favorite book of this series so far.
In this installment, like Alpha, Z, Julie, et. al. are largely ignored, and the story rather focuses on the enigmatic Franks, and the shadowy Stricken.
It is a great story, well preformed.
Can't wait for the next one.
Monster Hunter International starts a little slow but it picks up steam pretty well. It is an entertaining fantasy set in the modern time in the southern US states. It is well performed with each character with a distinct voicing and good tone and rythm.
MHI is a little cliche but it is a fun little romp through ledgends with lots of shooting and gore to keep things interesting.
MHI was the most entertaining listen I have had in a long time.
Maybe, if they just wanted a light silly read. The story doesn't have a lot of depth but it is interesting, but a bit weird.
The end seemed like the author didn't quite know how to end the story so he just kind of made a convient resolution.
I found the scenes about the regression well written.
It was just OK. It was a nice book for some background noise but it is not one I would put on my top 10 list.
I was born in Wisconsin and spent every summer there until I was about 16. Many of the roadside attractions were favorite stops on the way up or on the way back home to Kansas. I vividly remember the House on the Rock on one such visit.
Growing up in Kansas the "geographical center" of the USA in Smith County was another familiar day trip.
From Chicago to Mt. Rushmore I have visited most of the places in the book and that made the story more interesting.
The premise of the story is original and compelling, a nice mix of mythology and magic from all around the world. It is the classic American melting pot told from a different point of view.
The production of the story and voice actors are excellent, making for an extremely entertaining listen.
I would highly recommend this audiobook for any listener, except possibly the children under 14..
Most liked - Cornwell is a master at writing action scenes. All of the action scenes are excellent.
Least liked - This installment didn't really move the overall story ahead very much.
I was a little disappointed in the ending, after such a good action scene it was a little bit of a let down.
I enjoyed The Pagan Lord but not as well as some of the earlier books in this series. Mostly because it did not more the story ahead much. Still worth a listen/read.
The Pagan Lord is a decent book and as a standalone story it would be good. It just isn't quite as good as some of the other books in this series. But still worth a listen.
The first book was better. This book the author decided the political statement was more important than the story. Thus everything Neanderthal is good and everything Human is bad. We ruined the planet, we are violent and constantly at war while the Neanderthal has done away with violence and war. Of course they have no privacy because their every move and even thought is recorded and stored in the alibi archive for the government to use against the Neanderthal if something happens.
So take you pick our over crowded, violent, dirty world with no mamoths and free will and privacy, or theirs in which everyone is in tune with nature, resources are plentify, violence has been bred out of the population and your every move is monitored by the government.
It is clear that the author intended to write another book. The ending is left hanging.
Obviously it needs one to close up all the loose ends.
It is a pretty good story. Kind of a modern retelling of Canterbury tales (sort of).
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