Well researched account of James Andrews who led a group of 20 Union soldiers (or spies) into Georgia to steal a Locomotive, cut telegraph lines and generaly create havoc as they made their way north to Chatanooga Tennesee where they were to link up with the Union Army.
If things had gone as planned, this would just be another forgotten chapter in Civil War history; they did not and what we were left with was one of the most action packed tales I've heard in a long time.
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.
Good story; harkens back the the contra/sandinista era in 1980s. While short, I think it was just long enough to give the reader an idea of the Carl Hiaasen to come a few years later.
The narrator is a little shaky leaving some long pauses for no reason.
Okay it goes like this, you can't get to sleep and purchase a program fom audible called restful sleep. And darned if the thing doesn't work! You get lulled to sleep before its even over. And then this booming voice loudly proclaims "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" at which point you are more awake than you were before.
This would be great if they would just cut the tag line at the end!
But until then stay away.
As a general rule, I find background music on audio books distracting but this one is well mixed. The voice is way out front like it should be; the accompanying jazz combo fits well with the narration and subject; and each short story has a different background music track. Very cool.
The Jes B Simple stories themselves are just plain great! I don't know how else to put it.
And to paraphrase an earlier reviewer we all know someone like this.
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