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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I'm not sure. I found the prose to be overly pretentious. There was much use of "big" words, e.g., disingenuous, duplicitous, etc. Not that I or anyone who would be attracted to this book would not know them, but unnecessary and less direct than simpler language.
If you’ve listened to books by Stacy Schiff before, how does this one compare?
I loved Cleopatra, a Life, and felt that it gave me great insight into the times in which she lived, and, more importantly, insight into the connections between characters (Plutarch, Augustus, etc.) whose names were familiar to me.
Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Denaker’s performances?
Any additional comments?
I was disappointed that the book seemed so pretentious and that it was disjointed due to the fact that it jumped forward and backward in time and was difficult to know "when" we were in the narrative.
What disappointed you about A Great Improvisation?
If the book were less than half as long, it might have been interesting.
It is filled with so many verbose descriptions of the bickering between the many people involved as well as far too much mundane detail. In the end the fascinating moments are drowned out by it all.
What three words best describe Susan Denaker’s performance?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I'm sure there was a good tale buried in there somewhere.