charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2012
Yes. William Dufris is tremendous. I loved his work on the Old Man Series and this is even better.
This is a bit quirky but I thought he did Jezebel very well. Jesse is the conscience or voice of reason in the story and as dramatic device he brought out the importance of this character in a clever way. I am always amazed when narrators do a great job, because it just seems so difficult to do. Dufris hit the mark on this and every other character.
There is an even level of quality that I enjoy from a narrator. I want the entire story to flow together over the life of the novel, Dufris delivers on that fundamental yet important characteristic.
No I typically spend about a week per book, in my car or at the gym.
If you area fan of Sci Fi Asimov is almost required. Many tout the Foundation Series as his watermark and I am one of them. But the Robot Series, of which this is the first is so clever, so archetypal (in the Sci Fi cannon) that it should not be overlooked. It links the Foundation Series to the novels (Pebble in the Sky, Currents of Space, etc.) and provides insight into Asmiov's Galactic Empire concept. If you are a fan of the genre this is a seminal work. Keep in mind this was written in the early 1950's, but with that context it is even more mind boggling to me that Asimov can weave a story that still stands on technical merit. This series is a link into the past but like all good Sci-Fi it discusses timeless issues and values. This is not Shakespeare or Thoreau, but it is entertaining and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed the contrast between the American Militia and the British Regiments. These styles had a significant impact on the war's outcome.
The war had as much to do with the formation of America as it did with the formation of Canada. Fascinating.
I think he did. History books are a different narration style, in my opinion. Though dramatic they don't have the same weight of a dramatized narrative. I though he did a good job.
Yes and there is one. It does not get generally good reviews on Audible but intend on purchasing it anyway.
The thing I liked about the book is that it focused on the battles and the facts. Less so on on the development of character myth making. This allowed the facts of this fascinating portion of American history to shine. Well done.
Not sure I liked anything the least....this was a solid overview of the French/Indian War. Well researched and providing background on the key players.
This war set the stage for a country on the brink of the revolution. The ending set that up nicely.
There were a ton of French references in this book, he portrayed them well. I thought he did a very good job.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to catch up on this era of history. Hard core history buffs might find it too simplistic but it helped me fill in some gaps on my knowledge of the country during this early era. Well worth the effort.
If you are a fan of Dan Simmons or Peter Hamilton I think you will like this book. It is similar in terms of complexity, story development, pace and characters. Very well done.
The sweep of the story, its implications at a galactic level are entertaining. Plus Reynolds has a clear foothold in the science behind the ideas, which makes the book a primer on physics and quantum theory. Very well thought out.
John Lee always does a fantastic job. His work here is solid and true to the material. I have heard some comments that the production doesn't give much room between sections but you get used to it. With a book this length, with this many story lines, I am sure the decision was made that saying "Section 52" would be tedious. I think they made the right choice.
Good solid space opera. Highly recommend.
No but it has peaked my interest on other historical books covering the same era.
Astoria, another book in the Audible Library that describes the population of the American Northwest.
Hard to say...he had an over the top narration style that I really enjoyed. He gave characters an inflection and style that made me laugh sometimes. I read books for entertainment and Bernard breathed life into characters that would be unbelievable expect for one thing. They all really existed.
"People Were Tougher Than You in the 1800's"
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in American History.
I like history books that are told from a narrative perspective. The riveting story of how the richest man in America and one of our most famous presidents teamed to explore and colonize the Northwest was fascinating. Like America itself the story is big and contains the best and the worst of the American experience.
Gold Rush, another Audible title that works well in the same way. Great narrative, terrific historical perspective and solid narration. There is no ideological bent to these stories, the facts are conveyed and conveyed in an entertaining and thought provoking manner.
He did a book job. He was a bit understated, but that did not bother me in the least.
Probably not, but that does not diminish the power of the story or my respect for the people who actually lived it.
An Audible subscription is a great way to fill in science and history information that you may not have paid attention to in school, or needed for your career. I prefer these types of books Great Courses books. This is not a lecture but a narrative that fills in the gaps you may have had about the early 1800's and how America fought for legitimacy. Good stuff, highly recommend.
I am an amateur Obstacle Course Athlete and Martial Artist. I recently participated in the Battlefrog Series Obstacle Course Races organized by the Navy Seals. I highly recommend this race series. I purchased this book to get insight into Seal training and to prep for my race mentally. To say that these men are fitter than any pro or amateur athlete I am aware of would be an understatement. This book is a daily diary of the Navy Seal training, and the regiment dwarfs any NFL training camp or fighting routine. If you are interested in understanding what it really takes to being shape, both mentally and physically this book will provide some context. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Running with the Kenyans, Life on the Run, Inside Seal Team Six.
Military personnel will enjoy this book and it is accessible to non-military (like myself), who are just interested in how Seal train and become Seals. Eye opening.
He did a good job. With this type of material it is possible to sound condescending or fawning in praise. He did neither. He delivered the facts so taht the listening can absorb and understand the materiel in a clear manner.
What these men endure is very impressive. As a civilian I came away with respect but also some life lessons. Everyone can give their best and dedicate themselves to their goals. This book may not be template for the average athlete but it is very inspirational.
If you are interested in this material, I highly recommend the Battlefrog Race Series organized by navy Seals. It is a way to interact with these men and gain insight into what we could all be if we applied the navy Seal attitude in our personal lives.
Mann is not a historian, as a result this book is accessible for the layman. His journalistic approach to explaining the history of the Americas is understandable and fascinating. His approach is offer a survey of different options on the subject and as a result it is devoid of agenda or revisionism. I enjoyed it immensely.
The entire book laid waste to fallacies about what I was taught in High School about Indian life prior to English settlement. This is not an idealized view of Indian life, rather a thorough explanation of how people developed on a continent that was free of outside influence for millions of years. Fascinating.
He could be a bit dry at times but that could be a result of the material. Since there is not real plot in this book, major portions are multi subject lectures on a topic. Not a criticism but a challenge for a narrator. I thought he did a very good job.
I rarely do that, but I did find I was listening to it when I normally would have turned it off. I think this is a good indication that it held my interest and proves how well it was done.
I prefer these types of book to the Great Course series. I find the book format on history and other foundational subjects is better done using this approach. i recommend this book to anyone interested in supplementing their current knowledge of history. Very well done.
Maybe not again, but it has inspired me to learn more about the Inca's Aztecs and Mesa-American cultures. Fascinating.
In the later part of the book the author describes the yearlong trek of several ship wrecked Conquistadors that were the archetype of "going native". I found this particularly interesting and provided a lot of insight into the daily lives of native people.
I thought he did a great job, and he added to the story in many ways. His British accent was well suited to the primary material and his Spanish affectations were helpful in distinguishing Incas rules in particular. Well done.
I am not really a movie fan. This book is broken into 3 primary stories, all of which are well known through historical documentation. the author travels to these areas and brings the stories to life through his first person account of the terrain and people he encounters. I have a novice interest in anthropology and this provided a great introduction and overview into this subject.
This book is not revisionist history, nor does it attempt to rationalize European colonialism. It is a fair account of a difficult period in world history, but one that had some level of inevitability. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding more about how the Americas were formed. Very well done.
Well John Lee is one of the premier narrators, he could read the phone book and probably make it interesting. In fact, I am not sure I would read the book, but listening to it was gratifying and I enjoyed it.
There have been some recently quality books about exploration recently. This book compares to the River of Doubt and The Lost City of Z favorably. it puts the exploration story within the context of colonization and race relations. This story however is not written as a first person account, rather as a researched narrative. I don't think it detracts too much from the story, but first persona accounts are always more compelling.
I have heard some reviewers criticize the Scottish accent on Livingston, I thought it was fine. It certainly didn't distract from teh story. I would say Livingston was my favorite, Lee has just the right inflection to make him someone that we admire yet not quite the heroic peson we might have heard of in school.
This book helped fill me in on details that I only knew tangentially. I am glad I read it. this is not powerful story, mostly because I found some of the characters distasteful. but that is the history is in reality.
Audible has a good collection of exploration books. This book fits nicely into any reading list that concerns itself with world exploration and the subsequent problems it has caused to the present day.
From beginning to end it grabbed your attention. It was well documented, yet had a narrative that was compelling and character driven. If you can put aside that it is about a famous Roosevelt adventure this would be one of the most dramatic stories you can imagine. Cultural and economic implications that can still be felt today. Now interject one of our most famous presidents into the story and well...you have to read it to believe it. I have listened to about 150 books on Audible and I have enjoyed all of them. If don't like a book I stop listening to it and never write a review, so every book I finish I enjoy. The River of Doubt might be my favorite of them all.
I don't want to give anything away but every minute of this story is interesting. From the time they are planning the journey to the back story of what happens 30 years later. I particularly enjoyed the section about Rondon, a man I never heard of prior to listening to this book. His story alone is worth listening to this book.
Superb job. John Lee and Scott Brick are among my favorite narrators and Paul Michael is now in those ranks. He was serous without being maudlin, dramatic without being melodramatic.Great job.
Not in one sitting but I got through it very quickly.
This book is a good example where a narration can be better than a reading of the book. Fantastic job audible. Thank You.
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