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richard

los angeles, cA, United States
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Too Much

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-16

I have enjoyed the three previous novels by TC Boyle a great deal and I wanted to like this one. But I found it tedious. The women FLW surrounded himself with were as difficult as he was so I guess they deserved each other. I was a so over Miriam and her craziness that when her time finally came to introduce her I couldn't enjoy the reading. The reverse timeline wasn't a positive device in my opinion.
Boyle is a gifted writer , no doubt, his descriptions of a time and people he never met is remarkable and the attention to detail is riveting. This just wasn't my cup of tea....

Great story .... Fantastic reader

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

I really enjoyed this complex contemporary novel. It was a great ride.
For once I can say the narration was beyond good, it really was sublime, subtle and the kind of reader I've been searching for ... Graham Hamilton I hope we can hear more from you.

Good Book painfully read

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I was fascinated by the content but just couldn't take the reader . His pronunciation of foreign names and place was more than I could endure

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

A must read

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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: 10-06-15

I've been fascinated by this period of American history for a long time and spent some time in the Deep South. I have respect for the people who live there now more than ever, but this book is riveting in the way mr butler weaves personal experience of slaves with crucial facts about how their experience mirrors larger economic and national trends and phenomena. Anyone interested in this period and place, the people-economics and where we are NOW as a nation, needs to read this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Interesting book - bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

So disappointed by the dull and monotonous way this book is read. The content is fascinating but had to listen to. Television actors don't always make good readers. Decide for yourself but this is another dud on the producers part.

I was deeply bored

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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: 05-09-15

This was possibly a good true crime novel but I couldn't make it through,....... that a lot because some one was reading it to me. Anyway, the book is really difficult because for each character we are introduced to, we are given a glimpse of the crime and then taken into the impossibly detailed lineage of EVERYTHING about their lives, their cousins, sisters, sister in laws businesses etc,.... crazy. I just couldn't believe the author wanted me to hang on like that. I said no, and bailed. Sorry if I miss the point
btw ...the reader was great

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

names, places,troop strength and commanders

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

This book is for the hardcore military historian who enjoys reading the statistics of a military campaign. It start with interesting overview of the regions history with an enticing nod to what happening there today, but quickly, or too quickly for me, became a monotonous compilation of what battalion was where, how many and what kind of weaponry they had and who commanded them. Mr Pritchard did a fine job in my opinion, but given the material I had to give up on this one.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

fascinating and thorough, painful narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-15

When will Audible pay more attention to the narrators ability to pronounce the content of the material ? So many good or great books are painful to listen to because the reader is unfamiliar with the content and or the reader can't pronounce the names and places.
I found this the case here.
I would be very surprised if this reader had any previous experience with the material and characters.
Ugh..

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Enjoyed this very much

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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: 09-04-13

Well worth your time . Nicely organized and presented. The "Great Courses" series has got a lot going for it. Easy to listen to and very informative.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed this overview

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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: 08-06-13

I found this series of lectures informative, well delivered and much more interesting that I had expected. If you are looking to brush up on this fascinating and deeply interconnected period of history, or to delve into it for the first time, I think it's a good listen.
Each lecture is short, to the point and easy to reference.
The total time is not 90+ hour by the way...
Each of the 4 parts are about 6 hrs, so we're talking roughly 24 hrs of listening time.
94 is a bit extreme.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful