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As a former Boston resident, I really, really wanted to like this book...but for my taste, it was pretty dry stuff. I generally like histories featuring cultural, societal, and biographical tidbits -- I want a story about colorful individuals, vividly set in a different world -- but this book focuses largely on groups. Near the end it picks up energy, and the description of the Boston Massacre is absolutely gripping... But the book could have been so much better. The narration is a bit odd: the narrator has a very resonant voice, but his delivery is so mechanical it sounds almost artificial.
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While the topic is well researched and certainly interesting, it's a dry audio book. Probably better read than listened to. It's the kind of book that's perfect for reference, but less of a source of entertainment. One other reviewer said it read like a thesis and that is the best way to describe it. Reader is a little mechanical for such a topic, although I suspect that has more to do with the content. Bet the foot notes are fantastic...it's that kind of a book.
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