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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

It's not a Slaughterhouse Five, but still fun.

I think this is an overlooked title from Kurt. He was in full form and still a ton of fun with this book. I mowed through it very quickly.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Flawed, but worth it for those interested.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It is still good for people who love history, but too dry for those that just want a good story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Like British historical writers, the book is a little too dry. I mean, a small group of soldiers walked into Mexico and toppled a civilization in a short period of time. Shouldn't that be interesting? Would that be siding with Cortes if more imagery and a more sweeping story were presented?

What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

It is my American exceptionalism here, but the word 'war' is very short and has an 'a' in it. Why is it the English way to pronounce it as a dramatic version of 'wore'?

Any additional comments?

The writer has made this his life's work, which I absolutely respect. But he gets too carried away with some issues that do not seem to make sense. Such as:

- The Aztecs were a wonderful, sophisticated society, who only heinously killed some people, and not everyone like we were led to believe, and their use of slavery was apparently okay.

-It was the brilliant Montezuma that outsmarted the conquistadors and baited them perfectly into his trap. Silly conquistadors.

-Since record keeping was so great in the Caribbean in the early 1500's, we know that Cortes was a nobody whose only talent was his ability not to die.

-Somehow the United States was inserted into this a few times for negative purposes. What would his native Britain know about colonialism?

-It wasn't 400 Spanish soldiers, more like 2,000 that helped fold the largest civilization in South America...........how unimpressive.

The chapter on slavery was enough condemn Cortes and his fellow conquistadors, the author's other takedowns of Cortes come across as speculative and petty.

I would love to have the author's response to this. Thanks,

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-15

The Best Fiction (audiobook or traditional) Ever

Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

The audio version was amazing. I absolutely loved it.

What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

He did a great job!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not as 17 hours of anything would be tough. But I moved through it quickly. Incredibly enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

I don't do much fiction, but this is now at the top of the list for me. It was an amazing story that will be with me for a long time.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Great Historical Fiction of the Southwest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is extremely violent, but is great at providing an image of Texas and the Southwest during wild times. It really draws you in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was really interesting how each of the primary characters had such different circumstances and challenges despite being in the same family and same location.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Overly-worded stories with no endings

What would have made Oblivion better?

As lauded, Wallace was clearly very intelligent, but is seams like he is trying to beat you over the head with it. He is so wordy and goes into intense descriptions that seem to be completely unnecessary. I don't know if these stories had been writing exercises never intended for publication? The stories have no endings!!!

Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

Despite the head-scratcher of a book, the narration was incredible. I can't imagine being tasked to have to record the reading of this book. Hope he was paid well.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Loved It!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It was a great, detailed, well-written story. I really got sucked in. It didn't feel too long or too short. The toil the explorers went through to make scientific progress was unbelievable.

What other book might you compare In the Kingdom of Ice to and why?

Not sure. I haven't bought many nonfiction adventure stories like this one. I plan to continue finding stories of the genre.

Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He did a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really wasn't familiar with the story and didn't know how it was going to end until it was read out to me.

Any additional comments?

Out of a few dozen audio books that I have purchased, this might be my favorite.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-15

David "Slays Women".

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The title doesn't say anything about hooking up with women. That is clearly his main bit. Could be helpful for a young "bro".

What could David De Las Morenas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He is clearly a professional book writer that cobbles some junk together and sells it cheaply on Amazon/Audible.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful