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The BOOK is great. It moves fast and is well written. I will continue reading it with great joy. But I will NOT buy another Audible book because this was so dreadful. You need readers who bring a book alive, not readers who totally annihilate a book
What was most disappointing about Jonathan Fenby’s story?
Nothing was disappointing in the story, only with the narrator. It's a wonderful book when I read it myself. Audible destroys this book.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
His voice is dead. Little inflection. Very slow and over-pronounced. Almost like a computer reading the story, but frankly, Siri is MUCH better.<br/><br/>I expected an animated reading that I could play as I drive, but this reading is so horrible, that I'd fall asleep in 3 minutes. <br/><br/>This could be a dry book, considering it is a historical documentary. When I read it myself (and I could read the whole book by the time this reader has finished section 1 of 4-5 sections) it is lively and exciting. <br/><br/>Imagine books as documentaries: is the narrator lively? Does he make the story come alive? Does he keep your interest? Do you wait breathlessly for the next chapter? <br/><br/>That's what is needed here. However, with this narrator, I'd quickly change the channel.<br/><br/><br/>
What character would you cut from The General?
None. Great story. History. Documentary. I'd find a good narrator.
Any additional comments?
Please give me a refund. I couldn't bear going beyond 10 minutes.
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Jonathan Fenby, in "The General" shows Charles de Gaulle as the first among twentieth century French patriots. During Hitler’s rise to power, de Gaulle (like Winston Churchill) argues against appeasement. While leaders, Lebrun and Daladier in France and Neville Chamberlain in England kowtow to Hitler, de Gaulle and Churchill stand against the majority of their respective countrymen.
Fenby shows de Gaulle to have been a man out of his time but clearly in tune with a great nation’s history. France’s defeat by Hitler is assuaged by a leader that understood his countrymen. Fenby explains how the myth and truth of de Gaulle returns France to a nation among nations; a nation to be respected and consulted in the affairs of the world. Fenby shows Charles de Gaulle as a prickly leader in the eyes of American Presidents, Russian leaders, and English Prime Ministers but with a weak hand from defeat in WWII, de Gaulle stands tall for the France he clearly loved.
"The General" is a must listen for those who wish to have some understanding of a big part of French’ interests and culture.
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