In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson - whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly 80 years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his.
There are two parallel stories, one in the World War 1 era and one in the 21st century. The narration and the various characterizations are excellent. However, the basic problem is that the author has given us no resolution to the story lines. One character is searching for a possible ancestor and much money, but then he has a meeting [with the reader given no information about what happens] and, he decides to abandon all of this, leaving the reader with no idea of what happened or why. The epilogue meanders off into some information about barometers and weather on Mt Everest. I was so frustrated at the end of this book and I hope, with my review, to spare other listeners. If you do buy it, be prepared to be frustrated at the end.
This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
Americans may wonder why Al-Queda and Osama bin Laden wanted to attack America. One may also wonder how they were able to carry it out. This book makes it all much clearer. Placing the events of September 2001 in a long historical perspective, the work is excellent. The narrator does a wonderful job with the many complex names of the Egyptians, Saudis, and others living in the Middle East. Well worth listening to.
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