When you take out any of Georgette Heyer's words you turn an incredible historical adventure full of nuance, British dry wit, and solid research, into just another love story. She is a past master at her craft. Don't mess with it.
All the parts that were left out.
NONE!!! Put everything back the way it was.
Please don't abridge anything by Georgette Heyer or Laura Hillenbrand.
"All about me" (author) using a dog as bait. Boring. Who cares.....
It certainly didn't help any.
Waste of time and money on everybody's part.
YES! And I have, to anyone who will listen. This is a fascinating story of a man very few people know much about beyond his wealth. Chernow is both an excellent writer and a master of research. This is a long listen but it never bogs down. You will walk away having completely revised your understanding of Rockafeller. You may not like him any better but you will know him better.
When I realized the origin of Spellman College in Atlanta, GA.
Everything, he is one of my favorite narrators. Knows when to emphasize and when to hold back, easy on the ears, good diction, pleasant tone.
The end. I was sorry it was over.
Yes, but only because I prefer audio over print. This book would be enjoyable in either, 'tho the print version probably weighs a ton!
The revelations about the true meaning of the word "etiquette". That sounds boring but believe me it is not. This story starts out well and gets better and more interesting as it unfolds. Great research!
I can't seem to do justice to this book. It is one of my top tens, if you like the gilded age and enjoy reading the lifestyle of the rich and famous, you will love this. But there is much more to it. It really is a social history and a fascinating one. The 1922 Emily Post Etiquette is available on Kindle (very inexpensive) and is a fascinating read after listening to this book, especially when you contrast it with the current Emily Post which is still being revised and published by the Emily Post Institute.
Loved the historical information. Flagg did her homework and as always she has crafted an entertaining, twisty turny tale. Why she felt the need to throw in PC ending concerning her son, only she knows. It was like walking down a great road and then suddenly stumbling over a rock. Unexpected, which is her usual MO but in this case, also out of sync.
The history of women pilots, in and out of the military (most interesting).
The PC ending (least interesting).
I assume you mean "as a narrator." I like Fanny Flagg's stories, especially "Standing in the Rainbow" but I really wish she would yield the microphone to another narrator. She writes far better than she narrates.
Both the story line and the obvious research that went into the book.
Liven up!! The delivery needs to be brisk and energetic for this story. Instead the narrator oozes emotion, her delivery is almost plaintive..
No. It was just enjoyable....enjoyable enough to make me look forward to traffic jams.....
Overall this was a good listen, and the narrator was not so bad that she interfered with the story, once you get used to her drippy voice. I will, however, avoid books narrated by her in the future.
More anecdote interwoven with facts. Listening to this is like listening to an entire semester of lecture in one very long session.
Nothing brought the real man to light. Stiles should have read Brand's "Titan" before he wrote this.
100 percent average.
None. I do not believe in abridging, even in a boring book.
VERY disappointed. I like long, factual biographies but only when the person becomes a person not just a vehicle for facts.
This is a typical Alger story. Rags to riches with an incredible amount of good luck for the heros. Alger was immensly popular during his time frame and this may appeal to history buffs for that reason. If you want a feel good story that ends well everytime and are not hung up on reality this is a fun read...or it would be with a better narrator. The gentleman who narrates Marjorie Morningstar would be excellent. Unfortunately, Christopher Crennen narrates like he is reading a laundry list and a boring one at that. A certain unpleasant twang on certain words doesn't help. He does articulate well.
Very good narrator. Hope she reads something worth listening to.
Take out 90% of the cutesy descriptions. Only the footman's shoelaces were left out.
The plot might have had potential. There is a great deal of difference between clever absurdity and overstated silliness. I get the impression the author is rolling in the aisle over her phrases. Unfortunately she is the only one...at least for readers like me, who treasure our Georgette Heyer. If you like Heyer, avoid this.
The narrator speaks clearly but her intonation belongs in a funeral parlor. She could announce that she won the Mega-million Dollar Lottery and make in sound like a tragedy. Please listen to a long segment before buying this one, especailly for children.
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