This is a great novel! I was really happy to find it on audible.
Unfortunately the reading and recording are done so poorly I can't recommend it.
I had to listen to this at 1.5x speed or I never would have been able to finish it. But once I got that figured out I couldn't stop listening; the story is that good.
Jay Sarno is one of a handful of visonaries who created modern Las Vegas and yet he has remained a footnote in Vegas history. His Caesers Palace was THE first theme hotel on the strip and his Circus-Circus opened Las Vegas up as a family vacation spot. He did this over 20 years before anyone else.
Most people think that Vegas was built by Bugsy Siegel, rebuilt by Howard Hughes, and cleaned up by Wall Street, and while this may be true to some extent, it wouldn't be what it is today without Jay Sarno
This is a fascinating memoir of Mr. Hughes' journey(s) around the globe during the 1930's. From the Americas through Europe, the Soviet Union, Shanghai, Japan, Spain and back. Mr. Hughes seemed to be near the center of most of the major events of that decade.
I first became aware of Mr. Weather ford will reading Langston Hughes' "I wonder as I wander" (also on audible) and wanted to know why I had not heard of him before. Recordings and information on him turned out to pretty elusive. This book, although too short, is the most comprehensive biography I've been able to find to date.
I highly recommend it.
I was listening to this in the lobby at my dr.s office and had to turn it off because I was laughing too loudly. It never ceases to amaze me how Hiaasen can make such terrible events and situations so doggone funny.
The narrator was a little slow so I was forced to listen to this at 1.25x speed. I also found some of his mispronounciations a little annoying. The bad guys name is Herb not Erb! But his charactor voices were all completely on the mark which made the story even more enjoyable. So it all balanced out.
I actually had to wait a while after finishing Kansas City Lightning before I could sit down to write a review of it. This is not one of those name and date kind of history books.
Stanley Crouch's approach to his biography of Charlie Parker is much the same as Parker's approach to playing a jazz tune. He will begin a chapter with some general info about Parker's early life or career and then make a radical departure to something else. These could be anything from info about certain musicians, history of jazz, or the social mores of the time. These departures were all intelligent, articulate, informative and usually seemed to have nothing to do with Charlie Parker. Crouch then tied them up really nicely and got back to the subject; it is very much like a well crafted BeBop solo.
This book only covers the early years of Parker's life. I hope Mr. Crouch has a part two in the works.
Great book for its time; a little slow for ours.
Don't get me wrong this is a really well written book with a compelling plot, good characters and worth your listening time; just listen to it at 1.5X speed.
This book flows like a movie. The author does not waste time on details that you don't need or things you can figure out yourself. Instead he spins an exiting, fast moving, and almost believable story that I had a hard time putting down.
The narrator does a great job of giving life to the charactors.
I thought I knew a lot about the second world war, I grew up at a time when everyone's father or grandfather had served in the conflict, but No Simple Victory made me rethink things.
The author makes two points at the beginning of this book; one, that the history of the second world war as we know it was written at the war's end with little attention paid to recent discoveries; and two, that we should view it as a larger conflict that began in 1914 with the assassination of archduke Fredinand and ended in 1989 with the fall of the soviet union.
He also does not pull any punches when it come to assigning blame to those that deserve it.
I highly advise that you buy the matching Kindle book along with the Audible version (no I don't work for amazon); there is so much info (much of it new) that you will get lost without it.
As a fan of Meltzer's now canceled television show Decoded I was hoping for somthing new here; perhaps some things that didn't make it onto TV before the ax fell. Unfortunatly, the whole book was culled from the show.
The stories here are all pretty good however and run about 30 minutes each which will make your drive to the grocery store a lot less boring.
And honestly, I'll probably buy volume two of there ever is one.
My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.
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