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  • The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Fenby
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    No leader of modern times was more uniquely patriotic than Charles de Gaulle. As founder and first president of the Fifth Republic, General de Gaulle saw himself as "carrying France on [his] shoulders." In his 20s, he fought for France in the trenches and at the epic battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler's Germany. Thereafter, he twice rescued the nation from defeat and decline by extraordinary displays of leadership, political acumen, daring, and bluff, heading off civil war and leaving a heritage adopted by his successors of right and left.

    marigoyle says: "Book Great Read. Narrator Horrible-slow dead voice"
    "Book Great Read. Narrator Horrible-slow dead voice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The BOOK is great. It moves fast and is well written. I will continue reading it with great joy. But I will NOT buy another Audible book because this was so dreadful. You need readers who bring a book alive, not readers who totally annihilate a book


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Fenby’s story?

    Nothing was disappointing in the story, only with the narrator. It's a wonderful book when I read it myself. Audible destroys this book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice is dead. Little inflection. Very slow and over-pronounced. Almost like a computer reading the story, but frankly, Siri is MUCH better.

    I expected an animated reading that I could play as I drive, but this reading is so horrible, that I'd fall asleep in 3 minutes.

    This could be a dry book, considering it is a historical documentary. When I read it myself (and I could read the whole book by the time this reader has finished section 1 of 4-5 sections) it is lively and exciting.

    Imagine books as documentaries: is the narrator lively? Does he make the story come alive? Does he keep your interest? Do you wait breathlessly for the next chapter?

    That's what is needed here. However, with this narrator, I'd quickly change the channel.



    What character would you cut from The General?

    None. Great story. History. Documentary. I'd find a good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Please give me a refund. I couldn't bear going beyond 10 minutes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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