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Excellent piece of Ancient and Renaissance History

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Reviewed: 31-10-2020

What a masterpiece of Roman history with the two Plinys. Reads like a novel even though based on historical evidence. Daisy Dunn is an historian to watch for future books. I am now going to buy the book!

Absolutely fascinating

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Reviewed: 03-10-2020

One gets the strong impression that Macintyre is very sympathetic towards Sonya and her motives despite her treachery. True Marxism is another form of blind religious fanaticism. Despite all that happened to Sonya and her friends and family at the hands of Stalin and the CCP she remained loyal to her ideals despite the harsh reality of her communist superiors. Any form of fanaticism is myopic , delusional and dangerous. MI5 and MI6 have a lot to answer for. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for another true spy thriller book from Macintyre!

Excellent, but Lugubrious!

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Reviewed: 27-09-2020

Very well written and narrated. It is a time capsule especially of SE Asia that I can compare to when I first began my Asian odyssey in 1994.

Pretty good, but the narrator lets it down

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Reviewed: 22-09-2020

Interesting and almost believable. However the narrator lets it down. I know that this about US space technology but it is over the top in the ways that some Americans speak, I suppose. The stranded Martian has more ingenuity and enthusiasm than can be reasonably believed. However I could understand the technical solutions he came up with but he must have been a Superman to survive on his own.

I understand why it was a free audiobook

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Reviewed: 18-09-2020

Richard Fidler was in his usual style fluent and articulate. However Kári Gíslason left me feeling rather flat. His style was lugubrious, whinging and rather tiresome about his re discovery about Iceland. Maybe a country for a couple of days mainly for the beautiful scenery, but if the people are as portrayed I think rather boring and dull. The Sagas seem “Much ado about Nothing “in a way. I think the fill ins about Chess, Reagan and other digressions are there to make up the book. What a waste of Australian University funds on a PhD which nobody will ever read. Hope that Kári stays in Iceland.

Excellent.

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Reviewed: 16-09-2020

A wonderful story of the past, and its relevance to the present and to the future. Extremely well narrated and written. It is a good rebuff to the Wokism or some of the Cancel Culture proponents. In essence we are just time travellers and reliving the Canterbury Tales is a great way to start.

Not suitable as an Audio book

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Reviewed: 15-09-2020

I am an avid listener through Audible but some books are not suitable for just listened; this is one. You need to have a detailed map with you to understand the campaign. Another negative is the narrator Al Murray. While he is fluent his flat undistinguishable English accent is boring and monotonous. Reading a book needs someone with some artistic flair, and different accents. The book is probably very good but for the reasons mentioned I wouldn't recommend the audio version.

Very shallow

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Reviewed: 01-09-2020

A name dropping analysis of what is going on in the free world. A lot of name dropping and the author can't make up her mind whether she is American. Jewish, polish, European or what. A rich princess writing from a privelaged position. This book is not worth it.

A great biography of a greatan

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Reviewed: 14-08-2020

Little recognised as one of the unsung heroes of WW2 Hopkins through dedication and determination was able to broker and alliance between US and Great Britain. Much beloved by Churchill and rather badly treated by FDR Hopkins was able persuade a domestic oriented President to pursue defeating Germany first rather than being persuaded by the US military to focus on the Pacific War. FDR comes out of it all as a rather vaccilating leader with a huge ego. I don't know how Hopkins kept things together with his failing health. A most courageous man.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 08-08-2020

A good English action novel which is almost believable. Much better than your average American trash overwhelmed with violence.