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Perfect story, perfectly told! Will Patton's voice was inflected with a slight southern accent, perfect for this story of John Wilkes Booth; his pace matched the pace of Boothe's
plan, execution and escape; his passion matched the emotions of those who grieved for
Lincoln's death, and was emphatic or quizzical at just the right time.
The story was just the right length for someone who wants just enough detail to understand, but not so much so as to get lost in it.
The most remarkable parts for me were learning how mixed was Lincoln's popularity, how much he tried to mend the rent between the South's need for autonomy and choice and the nation's need for unity and respect for the differing values. I don't remember clearly just how the Missouri Compromise got messed up, because an agreement in Congress actually had been reached, which was fairly satisfactory to all, but in the debate between Douglas and Lincoln, an idea got twisted, which eventually enraged the South.
Desiring to kill someone as a solution to your need for ........... is an understandable feeling, but as a deed, almost never gives satisfaction, nor solves the real problem. It creates so much more destruction and devastation in many people's lives it astounds me.
I want to find an audio book as good as this one about the reconstruction, and wish you
as much satisfaction in listening to this one as important in this period of history.
Theo Boone is a 13 year old kid of two lawyers who wants also to be a lawyer. He is disciplined, a good friend, smart, in pretty good communication with his parents who usually share their feelings and reasons with him, who often listen to his side of issues - but not always, so he has additionally learned discretion. As an early teen, he is learning his own code of ethics. In "Activist", Grisham nicely prepares the stage, and does not suddenly create a monster out of Theo,but gets his protagonist involved through very personal events: a friend's plight, and a painful incident involving his beloved mutt of mixed parentage, Judge. The story is very well developed, allowing Theo to develop his own viewpoint, through his exposure and experiences, and through talks with his renegade uncle, and friends. You can see his growing process, and because of this, and his innate
values of friendship, loyalty, and doing his own research, this book was my favorite. However, I still recommend beginning at the beginning; it's much more rich.
The story is based on a real mountain (range) in Arizona, and actual historical records of
persons lost or dead thereon. That part of the telling is well woven adding a lot of interest.
I'm an adult who loves kids books, but the kind where the youngsters use their wits and talents to go forth and solve mysteries, working in partnership and support from related adults, as in Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. "Missing On Superstition Mountain" offers three brothers, each unique and very likable: Jack, the 6 year old is very outspoken,
always lets you know what he is feeling, will punch you if you are rude or unkindly critical, and speaks in a boisterous tone, the volume of which it seems he can never lower, even in a library; Henry, The Middle Child, 10, is smarter and braver than he thinks, but is often more cautious than confident because he always observes the perks and rewards of the elder and younger siblings, never really getting the feedback needed to mirror his good qualities. In a way, this is really his story. The eldest is Simon; smart, observant, already in touch with his own way of getting through life, and understands and can evaluate actions and consequences, knowing just how far to push their work-at-home mom. What I really don't like is the "normal" way they interact with their parents who don't really observe them, or listen,who are usually in reaction, either cajoling, demanding, threatening, punishing (though not too severely), making unreal compliments or restrictions, failing to see them for what they are. A little fear is normal for parents, but is very tiring all of the time.
They all have just moved from Chicago, Illinois to the hot, dry desert small town of Arizona, and the only item that looms as interesting is, of course, the beguiling mountain. The excuse that opens the story to explore it, is a natural one: their cat, Josie, has high-tailed it up there. They have to go rescue her!!! I did love their adventure getting up there and once there, what they found! The interest of the ensuing story is how they manage to manipulate their parents in order to go back up, having first gotten as much history and background of the place to be unavoidably curious, observed a few denizens who, it seems really want some secrets kept, made some valuable friends, and in a way, get help from their cat.
If this story had been the first in a continuing series, it would have been okay with me, but
there is no foreshadowing for a less than happy or satisfying ending. They do make it there again, Henry making a remarkable discovery on his own, trying to help their friend who had accompanied them, but got hurt in the climbing. It ends with Henry and the friend, Delilah, being rescued; the denouement simply being that they are determined to return somehow to obtain the discovery. Pooh. Could have been handled better for a single story!
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Mudshark isn't only cool, he is a genius with unbelievable capabilities and three small sisters that keep him on his toes. But when a parrot challenges his intellect and his coolness, memory and genius is under threat, he must turn detective to keep his status. This situation leads to an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable adventure. I hope this is not the last that we've heard from Mudshark. Tasso Feldman's narration is excellent. However be warned, if you are too old to listen to this book, you might be misled by thinking it is not so cool as I say.