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know what you are getting into

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-06-16

while I have only given this book two Stars it is not because it is necessarily bad. really you just have to understand a few things about it before deciding if it is worth it. this book is a primary source so the content is obviously valuable in some respects. but as an audiobook it is not overly great. this is because the author jumps around a bit in terms of chronological description and he quotes from numerous diaries, making it hard to understand whose perspective he is speaking from. further as the book is 100 years old it sounds very antiquated and even uses some openly racist terms. also the author assumes you know about the journey so this should not be your first introduction to Scott's expedition. with all this in mind the listening time is a bit long. interestingly for the author his worst journey of the world is not the actual trip to the pole, but a somewhat unnecessary side trip they took to find penguin eggs.

good, but long account

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-05-15

Like the Afghan war, this book runs long. It is very detailed, but to a fault at some points. I thought the first half was better than the second. In the latter there is a lot of focus on the minutiae of the diplomatic back and forth with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Overall it's a good book, but not as engaging as Ghost Wars.

believe the title

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-05-04

these are really interesting stories, but as another reviewer said, they are very dark at times and may be too much for some readers.

1922- pretty good, better than the movie and good ending.

Big driver- not sure what women will think of a man's take on being a female victim of sexual assault. that said, good story if somewhat implausible timeline and engaging until the end.

fair extension - short but great. an interesting take on an old idea.

a good marriage - a really great story idea based on an idea lots of people have wondered about; what if your spouse / partner had a horrible secret life that you found out about. great idea, execution and ending.

if you find the stories, or even the idea behind them too dark, I found it helpful to listen to the afterward. in this king explains the ideas behind them and why he felt it was important to explore them.

a solid book

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-03-22

this is the first book I have read solely on Napoleon. it's a good account that is also narrated well. a few points I will make:
-the different names of people are really hard to keep track of
- the author doesn't, in my mind, treat Napoleon unfairly, but doesn't make a hero out of him
-the battle recounting is short as opposed to some of the policital back and forth which is a bit long-winded

Overall I would recommend if you are looking for a good account of who Napoleon was as a person and not so much a focus on legendary battles.

not what I expected

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-02-22

this came as a free download which in the end turned out to be good. it was not like I expected in that I hoped it would be discussing what happened in the past. it is more of the teacher discussing general concepts and themes of different historical periods. he jumps around between cultures a lot and really does not talk about what specifically occurred. also I found his style of lecturing to be pretty dry. I'm not going to invest any more time in this one.

great book for specific audience

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-02-19

this book is really good if you are interested in the story of politics and intelligence leading up to 9/11. due to the level of detail it might not be best suited for a general audience, though. that said of the books I've read on 9/11 this is def at the top. it is really interesting how Coll tells the story without talking about the actual events of the day. also the focus on ending it with Massoud's death is sad but the perfect way to finish this part of the story.

great book on exploration

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-01-29

this is overall a really good book. perfect length and Palin's narration is always on point. the story focuses on the ship Erebus as opposed to one specific journey and that is a good choice. even the author's notes about traveling to the places in modern modern times is engaging . overall a really fun book.

good but not another mutiny

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2022-01-07

I got here, like some other readers, from listening to the author's mutiny on the bounty. This book is good, but definitely not as solid, though the narration remains impeccable..
My issues are: 1- the author didn't present the reader with enough historical context here. They kept speaking of the great Southern land which I took to be Australia. But I guess they knew something of Australia (called new Holland) but maybe not the size of it and they assumed there was a bigger landmass than Australia. This is not clear from the book.
2 - pacing: the book starts with Cook as a child and follows him closely until his first southern voyage. This voyage is described in minute details. The rest of Cook's life is then told very quickly in the epilogue including his death (something I wanted more information on). also the connections to the bounty characters are only barely touched on.
3- cook is always described as a calm and just man. In the epilogue the author says cook changed to become angry and not as fair. That said, there is not enough info on how and why this takes place.

Overall, not a bad book, but does not live up to high expectations of the mutiny account.

a good account of organizational failings

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-12-18

spoilers below

First off I think all the talk about the author being a horrible narrator is overblown. She is not that bad
Next, the author's anti trump views are not really surprising and do not tarnish the message. I believe in her overall message, that she is pointing out these flaws to help the service improve.

Where I did think the book was weaker, was in spending a lot of time discussing affairs between agents (which is likely an issue in a lot of workplaces and didn't necessarily impair their job performance). Also I think that the section on trump lacks a bit of perspective as it was written during or immediately after his tenure. I think it would have been better to have written that part a few years after he left and the pandemic was over to understand any influence he had in a broader sense.

good book - old style

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-11-05

this is a good book if you go in with the knowledge that it is very old style. this applies to the writing with out of date usage of terms like 'savage' and to the audio which sounds very old.

the story itself is straightforward and decent. it is interesting to hear the author describe his feat in such a matter of fact way without trying to add drama and make his journey seem relatively easy. this couldn't be more opposite from the modern way of constant self promotion.