I did enjoy the book and found the plot fascinating, although it did seem there was a lot of extra stuff that could have been eliminated. I had a little trouble meshing the Wizard of Oz with the book, but I think that was the point of hearing the other side. I was disappointed at the end because it just stopped. It assumed you knew how it ended because of the movie, but then, maybe the next book picks up from there. I found the characters interesting and very different. It was worth my time.
I thought this book has some interesting points about niche marketing that I shared with others along the way as I listened. I got a few points to think about for my own business.
I really liked the first half of the book the best, especially the accounts of the battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. It was so interesting to think about the personal aspect of what happened to the city. On the whole, I thought this was a worthwhile read, but the last parts dragged on.
I thought this book was fascinating in the details and descriptions. You just wanted to hang on their every word. That said, it also felt too long. The story took many diversions and I'm not sure they all added value. By the time the 9+ hours were done I was ready for the conclusion, but it didn't come until the last half hour. This is richly written and wonderful characters. I recommend it.
I found this book very interesting and with a humanistic viewpoint as you would expect from Jimmy Carter. He is definitely not in favor of current political policy and gives some background why he believes as he does. While it is a biased book, I found it worthwhile as another perspective on our current domestic and international situation. And, President Carter's reading of the book was warm and genuine.
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