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What made the experience of listening to The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France the most enjoyable?
This book is the first I've read that explained how France lost it's hold in the new world.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France?
It brought to light and life the struggle for power in the 18th century western nations, and showed how the inattentive, capricious leadership of the French royals cost them everything by setting the stage for the revolution.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Philip Benoit?
Anyone who actually speaks French. He murdered the pronunciation of the names and titles to the point of distraction. For me, this was the major flaw in an otherwise well written, thoroughly documented book. Simon Vance would have done much better.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
How France lost the new world.
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The title would more accurately be something like “A History of France’s Global Military and Diplomatic Incompetence and Corruption in the 18th Century,” but only a third or half of the book is about The French and Indian War at most. Very little of the book is about French or British Strategy or, for that matter, the perspective of the various Indian Chiefs and alliances that played a huge part in the tactical victories and defeats. The reader has to wade through several whole chapters of French palace and political corruption, as well as conflicts involving Germany, Spain, Russia, Austria and others, in order to find out about the French and Indian War and why they lost Canada to the British. Hint: The powerful and highly competent British Royal Navy. One would also hope that in a book containing several hundreds of French names, titles, terms and cities, the narrator would have more than an American tourist’s knowledge of accepable pronunciation. It was so bad that it went from disconcerting to laughable, but a reader from France would likely declare war.
I wanted to like this audio book. I tried and tried but the narrator, despite his French sounding name, is utterly incapable of pronouncing even the simplest of French words correctly. He was clearly not on task. I was alarmed at one point when Australians entered the fray in place of the author's intended Austrians.
It is so very difficult to listen to that I have been reduced to using it as a sleep aid of late. I have finally come to my senses and decided to stop the masochism. I shall return it and look for another book to help me learn about this period of history.