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An achievement but not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-20

Sandman is well known as one of the greatest comic runs of all time and I thought that this was a good opportunity to finally "read" it. While I admire the evidently faithful adaptation I will warn that it does not make a particularly enjoyable or coherent listening experience. The cast is superb but the big stars audible advertise mostly have a one chapter at most cameo but most have no more than five lines. James McAvoy performance is superb with a deep quality that is noble and dreamlike (so just like a dream lord). My biggest problem is that is should have ended about 3-4 chapters earlier at the end of the dream vortex arc because after that its just a few un connected inconsequential short stories meaning the whole event just fizzles out. Be warned this is often very dark and or disturbing if you know you like Gaimans writing dark stuff or the sandman in particular go for it but if not maybe give it a skip or try it if you want to enjoy a well performed and very well made production (if its not for you just return it)

Needs reorganisation

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Needs some reorganising the 'path' followed seemed try random and a lot of the book just felt like a list of Wikipedia trivia.

Would you recommend I Never Knew That About London to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe for a quick history/trivia fest about London it is enjoyable for the most part

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He is a little flat but serviceable

Do you think I Never Knew That About London needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not a bat Idea, or at least an updated volume as building come and go, there were a few tings that are already outdated and this is a new book!

Any additional comments?

It feels rather like a stream of consciousness and list at times often not telling more about interesting stories other then to tell you that they happened

9 people found this helpful

Silly history

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you listen to Girt again? Why?

Absolutely , the book was short and I gave me a great insight into very early Australian history. I wasn't expecting it to only be about this early period and that later periods would e in subsequent books so that I will listen again when the promised Girt II: True Girt comes out.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not appropriate to this book but I would have to say the Bastard himself William Bligh every time it came to one of his interludes.

What about David Hunt’s performance did you like?

Yes but I found the accent very thick, I don't mean his natural Australian accent but whenever he tried British accents the book became more than a little incomprehensible

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

About as Australian as History can get!

Any additional comments?

Don't take it all to seriously, there are things wrong here that I know of British history so I am sure there is some wrong for Australia's history to but the whole thing taught me much I never knew about Australia and the book presented it all in a very fun way that made it all the more memorable

The British general from the bits Saul David likes

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-13

What did you like best about All the King's Men? What did you like least?

Best:
This is a highly recommended book if you want to learn about the British Army between the Restoration and Waterloo. for covering such a broad topic David goes into great detail more then on might expect making particular studies of the early years of the regular army, Duke of Marlborough, James Wolfe, The American War of Independence, and the Duke of Wellington.
David also clearly tries his hardest to use as many primary sources as possible, especially when such a general history could probably get away only one or two sources per era.
This book is informative and highly recommended, but I suggest it is more meant for people who are not looking an in depth study of every event in the century and a half covered.

Worst:
Saul David makes a few little mistakes here and there, nothing major but if you know them they are particularly jarring (for example referring to a French rifle bullet at Waterloo).
This is a personal issue but David seems pretty determined to 'prove' Marlborough was a superior commander to Wellington, as such the former has his faults glossed over while Wellington gets pulled over the coals and is accused of being over cautious or to much of a risk taker depending on the battle.
The level of detail is sporadic for example when talking about the American war of independence every campaign until Saratoga gets decent detail and then David declares that's the point the war was lost and fighting continued for a few years after, with almost no further information.
The last problem is the use of the word 'major' to make generalisations, winning every major battle or war is repeated constantly and makes much of the book come off as just the parts of history that Saul David likes.

Did Sean Barrett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Sean Barrett's narration is good if a little monotonous but really comes alive when he adopts an accent for primary sources so I really can't complain, and on its own I would have given narration 4 stars but the editing drags it down to three. Words that had to be re recorded for whatever reason are jammed into sentences and it really makes the listening experience jarring because Barrett sounds like he is reading the reinserted word as a quote, for the sake of a clearer production they should have asked Barrett to re read the entire sentence that then just part of it.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

This would never be a film but it did make me want to watch Waterloo again

Any additional comments?

Despite my nit picks this is still a good book.

9 people found this helpful

Great cast, and performance, but beware strawmen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

First of all I am neither gay nor an American so perhaps I'm not quallified to pass comment but while all performances were superb I couldn't help but feel that the director and the actors tried the demonise the pro 8 side of the debate by intetionally making them sound leaving them feel like characatures while everyone else seem far more realistic. It's a minor point for what is an an otherwise excellent production with Pitt seeming to effortless;y posses the judgment of Soloman, Clooney excelling in cross examination Lee Curtis as both funny and heartwrenching as the moment demands, and Sheen stealling all with a tour de force final speech.



Highly recomended.







PS I completely support gay marriage

Very interesting book, some narration problems

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I found this book very interstin and Richard Zacks clearly has heavily resaerched the diaries letters and documents of the people involved which provided a great deal of insight into a barely covered period. A slight flaw is that Zacks has a tendency to over amplify the importance of the events impact which is apparent when you realise he is talking about the actions of a US Navy that is in its entirity smaller then then fleets that fought at the contemporary Battle of Trafalgar or a rebellin that relied on a doxen US marines at the same time as Napoleon was leading the Grande Armee to Austerlitz.

In truth the only real problem is that Raymond Todd the narrator does not know how to pronounce topgallant, forecastle, boatswain or cockswain in the correct navel way, instead he simply reads the word as it is written, ordinarily this would be a minor point but in a book so heavily concerend with ships and naval warfare it becomes very distracting and prevented this good book being 5* to me.

Superb .... Buy it now!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-12

One of the best written History audio books I have ever heard.

Pat Bishop is a master of Frontline history telling the events through the ordinary sailors and airmen involved in the Tirpitz saga, but Bishop goes beyond that by providing full context and analysis of the many strategic twists and turns of the story that makes this such a wonderful book.



I very highly recomend to anyone interested in the Second World War.

4 people found this helpful

Something of a let down

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-12

For a book called Striking Back I am surpised to say when the book focused on the Mossad assassinations it lossed its narrative cohesion. By contrast the first third of book about the Munich Massacre is superb and you can really tell that Klein is passionate about the subject.



All in all good but not great, might have been four star if Rudnicki's narration hadn't started to sound like he was bored of the book around half way through.

3 people found this helpful