I really like most of Francine Rivers novels. I definitely liked this one the least. I could not stay with this. I could not even finish it. So this is as much of a review as I can give, sorry. However. there are other Rivers novels worth listening to.
Don't you like a book that stays with you? I can't give you one of those perfectly detailed reviews because it's been almost a year since I've listened to it. But the characters, the storyline and some of the quirky patron "Saints" have stayed with me since. I think it's an interesting example of how time and legend can turn history into a mixture of truth and fiction. Very listenable as well. I do know that it made my day broken into two parts "allowed to listen to The Year of the Flood" and "NOT allowed to listen to the Year of the Flood". (at work and at play)
Listen to it! I think I will again just for the fun of it. Any audiobook that you listen to 2 or more times is definitely worth a download.
This book DID rivet me to my seat. I should have been more social with the people I was driving for a 5 hour trip, but once I started listening to this book, I couldn't. I became "one" with this story. And now, with the news of Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese activist, who is revealing the truth about forced abortions and deaths in China, it makes it even more timely. Religious freedom is something the west takes for granted. This book makes that pretty clear what can happen when those freedoms are gone.
I had the extreme pleasure of actually falling asleep to this book. Now, usually, when I fall asleep "listening" it's a frustrating exercise to try to find out where I actually stopped "listening". But in this case, I started dreaming ... with the book. Mother Teresa was sitting across from me at my kitchen table, telling me how to forgive people, grow in holiness and laugh more. I woke up with such peace and joy. I recommend and hope the same thing happens to you.
This is a great book because you can pretty much pop in anywhere and get some jewels of Mother Teresa's graceful answers to life's questions. Although the sound quality is sometimes quite poor and our little Albanian saint's accent can occasionally be difficult to understand it's still worth it.
There aren't many books in my 300+ audio collection that I really listen to over and over. Especially when you're dealing with difficult audio, but this one is a little gem.
I am the same age as Steve Jobs. Next year I will be older than him, of course... he's timeless now. Nevertheless, I've been on the SJ bandwagon ever since the Lisa, and have owned or purchased (for a newspaper production department) hundreds of Macs now, and still I wax nostalgic over the tough little iici's that dotted the art department for years, and I'm typing this on a 24" Imac. The creator of these amazing machines always seemed a little enigmatic to me, although I did have a big crush on him... especially when he jumped ship to create the NeXt computer, a machine which I still covet to this day. This book held a lot of little surprises about the man and his integrity. I grew to appreciate him more, but also wince at his irascible temperament, especially with his staff. When you work in a Mac environment, you somehow feel you're part of a strange and quirky family, where only the select few "get it" This book supports that view.
This book is worth reading for anyone who, like me, loves their little white/silver, or multicolored (90's) machines and wonders about the creator who's vision inspired them. But it's also for any entrepreneur or business major who likes the idea of thinking outside boxes. It should actually be required reading for business majors, I think.
The narration and writing keep you riveted and engaged.
I feel like I've been away on a time-travelling holiday. The sheer volume (30 hours plus) means that the usual things you do within a three-four or five day time-span become pre-empted by a leap into the nostalgic. I really appreciate the minute details that King injects into the 1958 world of Winston cigarette smoke filled rooms, the social ramifications of spending too much time on a Friday night at someone's home, and the love /hate affair that one can really have with an big-old car.
Time travel books can be confusing at times, but I think he's done a terrific job. The characters, as in almost every SK novel are either terrifying or very likeable, so there's a predictable comfort zone in reading any novel by this great novelist, but at the same time, I know I fell asleep listening to this book and ended up with a few unpredictable King-inspired nightmares that lingered throughout the day.... throughout the day .... throughout the.....
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