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Tedious

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

I typically love David McCullough, but, certainly in audio format, this book had way too many place and people names to keep track of. The narration had a slow, hypnotic, droning tone.... I made it to the 1/3 point and realized I had scarcely paid attention.

Page Turner

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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: 07-01-18

Who would think that 3,000 year old Greek mythology could be a modern day page turning adventure novel?!? Madeline Miller has made that happen.

She is so talented. I'm looking forward to her next work, whatever that happens to be.

Poor history

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-14

The author's perspective on history is based on a simple formula: what's most shocking? Not, what fits the flow of history in an intelligent way. He fails to connect shocking moments in history to the broader claims he makes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Mostly a collection of whines and moans about budgetary constraints for the secret service. The easiest presidents to work for are Reagan and Bush, while the most difficult are Clinton and Obama. So, it would seem one of the conclusions meant for the reader to walk away with is that elected Democrats are anti-military/secret service; while elected Republicans are typically just the opposite.

The topic of this book is a fascinating one, and one that deserves an objective take. "First Family Detail" is boring, when it's not, mean spirited.

3 of 18 people found this review helpful

Preachy

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

Reviewed: 05-15-14

Author's last book was full of interesting stories and insights into the life of an Eighties heartthrob. "Love Life" is filled with cliched stories and comes across as preachy.

Relentless

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

Omigod.... this book has pounded me into submission! I get the point!!!! Over and over and over again. The same story repeats with different characters. However much I agree with Matt Taibbi's claims, I don't have to hear them made ten times. "Flash Boys" addresses the same points much more deeply and subtly.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Speculative ending

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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: 03-20-14

Mostly, I found this book worthwhile reading, and I'm glad I read (listened to) it.

Well researched points made throughout, until the end, whereat the authors speculated and came to conclusions with no research foundation. So, in a jarring way, the last chapter didn't mesh well with the rest of the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Best WWII-Europe History

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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: 06-13-13

I'm so sad to see this trilogy conclude. Such a great journey of history of American involvement in the European theatre of WWII.

This is clearly Atkinson's life's work of love and passion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Superficial

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

Fluff piece. No new information. Very superficial.

The narrator sounds like he's reading this book to a 3rd grade class.

1 of 11 people found this review helpful

Subtle, funny, great story teller.

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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: 03-02-13

Like early Nelson DeMille: witty and hard to put down.

GREAT narration. Stephen Hoye is perfect for this material.

Carl Hiaasen is a great find. I look forward to reading more of this work.