Very Very long introduction. This was an informative book, however, so much of the story had to be "left out" because of the serious repercussions to certain people helping the slaves at that time. Consequently, I never got emotionally involved with this man as a person. For example, his wife just "shows up" and he gets married to her. I was thinking "his wife??? when had he ever mentioned a woman that he loved? Now he's getting married?
(I would recommend the book "incidents in the life of a slave girl" which really had me by the heart.)
This book is a litany of horrific torture of slaves, but/and little else to the story. There was such a sense of hope in the other book, and it drove me to fully research the woman Harriet Jacobs.
In this book, I just felt depressed and felt, yes, an important book especially at the time of this writing, but I could have done without listening to it.
I enjoyed this book. I really enjoy the writing style of this author, and his extensive historical research, making his books such an enjoyable read (or listen)
This book concentrates on WW1 and the battle at Galipoli.
Again, I did not know much about this era, or this battle.
In school, WW1 was glossed over, and more concentration was placed on WW2, so I learned quite alot.
Having said that, I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy the best. (The Potatoe Factory), the 2nd, Tommo and Hawk, the least, and this book I found to be nowhere near as wonderful as the Potatoe Factory, but it was still good.
IMHO, worth your credit. Make sure to start at the beginning though, with The Potatoe Factory.
Ok, I got sucked into this book, thinking I could really get into a good series.
This book and series has had lots of acclaim- how could I go wrong?
For the first third of the book, absolutely nothing happens.
Just kept plugging along, thinking it would change. How could so many people love this book, right?
Then by the time something did happen, I was totally uninvested with the characters, and I thought "Who cares?"
How this series has found so much fame is really beyond me. I found it to drag, and I also found it poorly written. Perhaps it gets better with the other books, but I won't be wasting me time, or my credit to find out.
I am one of the few people I guess, that just doesn't like Charles Dicken's writing.
He takes FOREVER to describe something, or to get to the point.
He is a masterful writer of course, but he just doesn't "move it along" fast enough for me.
I just couldn't get into this classic.
I purchased this book after hemming and hawing.
The reviews were so promising. Rhys Bowen was supposed to be such a great writer.
Well, stick with Nancy Drew books.
They are a little more "involved" with a plot
What can I say. Dull, Boring. Fast forwarded almost everything.
What a disappointment!!
I know, I know, this is was a best seller.
Well, I just didn't get it.
Extremely biased just on this religion.
I couldnt get through it.
I did not gain any deep insights.
I haven't written a review for a long time, because the audios I have chosen haven't been all that noteworthy.
This book is the exception, prompting me to write a review.
First off, I had never heard of this author. (shame on me)
Second, I only purchased this on the good reviews, and the storyline intriqued me.
It is the first book since Game of Thrones, that I absolutely did NOT want to stop listening to. (btw, game of thrones is a completely different genre, however, both the writing, storyline, and readers are excellent!)
This is a book that I am glad I listened to, rather than buy the hard copy to read.
The reader was exceptional. I could picture this entire book in my head as he read along.
I researched this author, and found that sadly, he had passed on last year I believe.
The literary world has lost a wonderful writer.
Fortunately for me, I listened to this one.
This was a new author for me. The title didn't exactly grab me, but the reviews were amazing, and this audible was on sale at the time.
I'm so glad I purchased this. Even if it wasn't on sale, it would have been worth every penny of my credit.
First off, the narrator was beyond fabulous. I have only ever heard a narrator this good before (imho) and that was the narrator for The Game of Thrones audibles.
I think this is one that needs to be listened to vs read.
Bryce Courtenay really researches his novels. It shows. This is a three part series, of which I listened to all three . I thoroughly enjoyed book one and book three, but I felt book two in the series was a little boring,(esp compared to one and three) but that is just personal preference, as in all things!
Worthwhile. Bryce Courtenay is a brilliant storyteller, and Humphrey Bower is as brilliant in his part as a reader / actor!! Can't go wrong with this duo!!
I had high hopes for this book. While it started out interestingly enough, it could not hold my interest, however I ploughed on til the end. When I start playing the book on 3.5 speed I know it's a lost cause. Didn't take me long to start listening to this book on 3.5 speed!
This was a total DEAD END in mho. I won't be reading any more in the series if she puts another book out. Just dull now. This series has been worked to death.
Time to find another great series. I wouldn't bother with this one.
Didn't think I'd have enjoyed this book as much as I did, nor the series for that matter. The reader kept me totally interested, and Antony Ferguson was excellent!
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