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There may be some sense this would be a simple adventure tale but it is much better than that. Missed reading it as a kid and this rendition is superb.
Some of the canon books for me are better than the recent Last Jedi movie, Bloodlines, Catalyst and the two Thrawn novels. It is great to see the Star Wars world expand into this territory.
Thrawn is a particularly excellent addition to the canon, let’s hope he enters the movies. This novel is as good as the first and touches on Vader in the best way I have read outside of the Skywalker saga.
What a life that man lived
The theme of this book is the extent to which Leonardo’s curiosity about life was above any other individual probably in history. Isaacson traces his whole life through his extant notebooks, finished and unfinished works and contemporary and other biography. You would be hard pressed to find a more interesting life than Leonardo’s and to be honest I’ve never read a more powerful biography. Absolutely loved it.
The last few years of Cicero’s life, from approximately the Rubicon onwards. Provides almost narrative history while capturing an engaging Cicero and a tumultuous Rome. Caesar has a small part but is appropriately mysterious, chilling and urbane. Reading this would make you want to start the trilogy again. Rintoul is one of the best narrators in the game.
A sumptuous novel that explores a family at a time of grief and mourning. Enright spoke in an interview about ensuring that a novel was not too concerned with plot at the expense of character development or engaging with a distinct voice. This very much achieves that aim and does so with, in fairness, an hilarious voice. Great stuff. Fiona Shaw provides a stellar read.
Pre-history at its best
An outstanding walk through the life and times of the dinosaurs that captures everything you could want of their story. Filled with interest nuggets it is both entertainment and academic, which are not easily brought together.
I think above all his passion for the topic and interest in their story ring most solidly. Loved it, very much recommended.
Probably one of the strangest novels I have ever listened to, while also being beautiful, poetic, intense, dreamlike and above all heart-rending. At times it infuriated me and at times it told a tale of loss that is among the finest I have ever read.
It was well worth it’s Booker win. I feel it is best listened to over reading as the cast bring it to life and much of the novel is dialogue.
Funny, sad, powerful
Three interweaving stories that conclude in a thin enough way. I think the point that stood out the most for me was how funny the middle story was, excellently told, of a young Irish man and his mundane life and how sad the first story was in its long quiet move from a town in Syria to a Greek island (and what that journey means). Very much recommend.
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Comprehensively argued thesis of two forms of politics and how they apply to Russia, Europe and America. Russian exportation of their politics to the US and how same worked to undermine American politics. Excellent. Much new for me on the Trump / Russia story.
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History at the ground-level
Excellent. Hugely detailed walk through the period, particularly excellent on religion, politics, social change and entertainment. Slower going on fashion, food and houses. Recommended. Must read the other two now.