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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book. I wanted to listen to it because I am interest in Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen played a big part in his story, but that's about all I knew about him. It turned out that he had a very interesting life and was a big part of the revolution.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I found the section when Ethan Allen was taken prisoner by the British to be very hard to stop listening to. My wife even got caught up in it and she very rarely gets involved in my history reading. It was the best part of the book by far for me.
Any additional comments?
I had two problems with the book. (1) It could have just been my file, but I noticed that the booked skipped back a few seconds a lot so I had to hear the same sentence again and again until it fixed itself. (2) The story took a long time to get started for me. The author spent a lot of time going over the background of Vermont and his ancestors. It may be interesting to others, but it wasn't for me, but I am glad I stuck with the slow beginning.
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The quality of narration was pretty good and didn't distract from the story. The structure of the book itself was somewhat meandering, jumping back and forth several years to describe certain political or historical events in a way that is perhaps more easily understood on paper. Also Allen's character and his motivations seemed in my opinion to be shown in a favorable light rather than an objective one.
All in all I leaned a lot about this man, the formation of the great state of Vermont, and the history of New England as a whole. Definitely recommended.