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Historical Fiction

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-19

I couldn't finish this one. I kept listening hoping it would get better and survived little more than half. The story is long on conjecture (fiction) and way short on facts. From a scant smattering of facts and a present day walk through of country houses the author attempts to conjure up these women and unfortunately fails. The author claims to understand the difference in working standards and women's status from the early 1800's and onward but still regularly falls into the historian's fatal trap of applying today's attitudes and liberalism to bygone eras.

Can’t tell if writer or narrator is worst.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I only got halfway through. The story is strongly tainted with conjecture and presupposition. I’ve read many histories of Victoria and son Bertie and there are instances in this book that conflict with historical facts as I’ve come to know them.

The narrator has the terrible pattern of taking no breaths when changing subject matter. Perhaps the writer did not use paragraphs.

Whether it’s the writer or the narrative, transitions are really sub par and annoying.




Interesting premise, lousy execution

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Interesting premise, lousy execution .
Interesting story of weather and warnings but there is some trouble in the telling.
For example he lambasts Accuweather for monetizing government weather data but in the very next chapter idolizes another company monetizing the same information. One company fits his idea of good while the other has connection with Trump which automatically makes it bad. This theme continues throughout.
Mostly worth listening to if you can overlook bias.

Marvelous. Get it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I've read/heard dozens of books on World War 2 and this is one of the most interesting and accurate I've encountered. It describes the cold hard facts of the air war while not politicizing it or interjecting bias. Stewart's life seems to be accurately described and the war events match the experiences of my dad who was at an adjacent B-17 base very close by. This is the best description of combat missions and sortie rates I've seen in a major book - bringing the numbers and battle reports into personal perspective. The storytelling is excellent with descriptive narrative and fine pace.

Stewart's devotion to country and duty leaves one with a great appreciation for him and the thousands of men like him.

Kudos Robert Matzen!

Marvelous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Best Gaiman story yet!

Fine escape from our world.

Gaiman reads ( Tells it) it perfectly.

Unbalanced

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-17

The author states early on that he is trying to express King Hussein's view of the Middle East and it is pretty clear that Jack is fully co-opted into an Arab world view.

When he said Israel started the six day war without giving a single word of the causes
my guard went up.

The entire book is without balance, demonizing Israel at every opportunity and playing the US as Israel's ignorant patsy.

Worth reading? Certainly. There are some interesting insights into the CIA, parochial tunnel vision, and King Hussein as a person.

However I find it hard to believe that if we had followed Jack's sage and repeatedly offered advice we would have peace and harmony in all the Middle East today.

Jack even could have even prevented 911....

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Ok

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-16

Good but not greatly enlightening. More of a sermon series than a study. Worth while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent history

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-16

This is a very well-written story that is balanced and easy to comprehend even though there are many characters. My only concern is that the author and several of his sources seem to dismiss the very real fact that God does intervene in the affairs of men. This bias does not materially detract from the excellent presentation so I highly recommend this book.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

Good information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-15

The author provides a good overview of the current nation of Turkey. As might be expected there's more on political situation than any other aspect of the country. And the liberal (Western definition) tilt of a journalist shows through on occasion.
Definitely worth the time if traveling to Turkey or just interested in the area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Some Nuggets, Some Fluff

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-13

Some interesting material at the beginning but eventually turned to tabloids for material. Worth listening but not the best bio of the Queen. Denigrates Prince Charles whenever possible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful