Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2011
The final chapter in the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett is what an epic is all about. The most important factor is that you care about the people whose history you are reading. There are five families in this series (American, German, British, Welsh and Russian) and you emphasize with them all. This story details the 50's through the modern day, so it is a time I am familiar with because I lived it also.
The absolute best part of this book was the Cuban Missile Crisis as told by the Americans, Cubans, and Russians. It was riveting! I knew how it worked out, but never knew all the steps and what the reasoning was on the different sides for their movements.
The rise of the Berlin Wall and separations of families was an ongoing story that personalized the agony they must have gone through. When Communism falls and the Berlin Wall along with it, you are so happy and drawn in to that era, it's mesmerizing. I cried.
So much history to remember in this volume, Civil Rights, Assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK, The Beatles, Watergate,Iranian Hostages, and the rise of Jihadists. Things that were barely touched on were the 9/11 attacks, the Space race, Iran-Contra, and the election of Barack Obama. Even so, this is an all encompassing book of the past 65 years of the world.
This was a wonderful and fitting conclusion to this Trilogy. We cared for these families and the individual people in them and rooted for them to come out okay in the end. I loved this book and can't wait to see what Mr. Follett might serve us next.
John Lee as always does a great job in his narration. (Think Sean Connery).
The premise of the book is the Conservatives in the United States have been able to frame the discussions on budget by claiming that they want less government, and the Liberals want more. In reality both want as much government, it's just the Conservative's want their government to protect the business interests and the 1% with tax breaks, protectionism and corporate welfare. The Liberals want the government to help the middle class and poor.
Things that did soak through my addled brain were:
1. We need to stand up to the Conservatives and re frame the discussion on their "less government" stance.
2. One of the reasons our healthcare system is in trouble is the salaries paid to doctors are higher than any where else in the world and the fact the government frowns on too many doctors from other countries practicing here. Same for lawyers and CEO's salaries are out the roof.
3. Mr. Baker wants to do away with patents and install a system of vouchers so entrepreneurs can be paid for their work. (Didn't understand where the money would come from, but understand the idea that people like Bill Gates made an exorbitant profit from his patents.)
The best part of this book is the new ideas that are coming to change the way we do business. I am not sure if they will all work but I welcome the innovation.
I enjoyed the narration and liked the way the footnotes were handled.
I have read this book before but never listened to it. This was a great listen while working in the garden and doing my needlework.
This book is a companion piece to Call of the Wild in the fact that it tells the opposite story. The story of a wolf who survives hardship and misery only to experience love and trust in his later years.
All is told from the wolf's point of view and except for Black Beauty I have never read a better attempt than this.
Bob Thomley is a great narrator who reads with great emphasis and empathy.
White Fang lived such a harsh life and I really was pulling for him to overcome that and find peace.
I love this book!
This is a fun read, but there are some very serious issues discussed. Isn't that what the best Science Fiction is about?
In the here and now, if you were an alien how would you present yourself to earth? You'd need an agent, right? That is the premise for this quirky book about Hollywood and aliens. Some things to think about: Is it okay to take over a dog's body who died of a heart attack? How about a human's?
Wil Wheaton, (John-boy of the Stars) is the narrator to this work and he does a stand-up job. He's funny when he needs to be and serious when it counts. Well done, Mr. Crusher!
I had never read any of John Scalzi's books and it looks like I will keep an eye out for more of his nerdy humor and timely stories.
Worth the time to listen!
"Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something...”
I loved the lyrical writing in this story of Willie Stark and Jack Burden. It was a beautiful tragedy and the only reason I give it 4 stars is the fact that it has a happy ending which does not fit the tone of the rest of the novel.
Based loosely on Louisiana Governor Huey Long's life and death this book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
It has wonderful characters and the storyline is consistent and enlightening on the South of the 30's to 40's. Instead of feeling like a dated story it feels like you have stepped back in time and been welcomed in with open arms.
The narrator does a good job on this book.
It's a classic that you will never forget.
This is a long book at about 34 hours but worth the time it took to listen. I knew little about the time period of 1815-1848 in the history of our country which is a shame because lots of things happened in this timeframe. This won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and is one of the Oxford History of America series.
I have seen people claim a liberal bias in this book. I can't say I saw that but it is harsh on conservative darling Andrew Jackson with good reason. He destroyed the banking system, disregarded the Supreme Court rulings, and shipped the Cherokee and other natives off to the reservations in the infamous Trail of Tears. Polk doesn't get much sympathy from him either. The Mexican War seems to have been a more unpopular war than even Viet Nam. We were the aggressor in that one.
I think it is important to read many histories on the same topics and get a well rounded picture instead of only reading Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly's histories.
John Quincy Adams is the hero of this book. He wasn't a very good President but he was a wonderful statesman who stood up for the underdog (Amistad) and never quit. In fact, he died giving a speech on the Mexican War in the House of Representatives.
This book covers a lot of religious history. The Mormon's, the Great Enlightenment, the Second Great Enlightenment, the start of the Shakers, the Oneida Cult, the Transcendentalist movement, the Baptist, the Seventh Day Adventist all began in this period. It takes up many chapters in this book but is necessary to understand what was happening in the country.
I also learned how European white male centered this country was and how this affected the way we treated Hispanics, Blacks (slave and free), Catholics, Jews and women. Thank goodness we have grown into our Constitution.
Samuel Morse's first telegram to Congress was the quote "What hath God wrought" which the author made the title of his book. He emphasized the great transportation and communication changes that came about in these few years.
The narrator was fine for the most part except for his few pronunciation errors in words like "Willamette" that could be jarring at times.
A great overview of this time period and well worth the time.
I enjoyed this book about the early years of Genghis Khan but not as much as I hoped. Maybe it was because Temujin (as he is called) was so young and it was hard for me to be interested in his early life. I think I will try another of Mr. Iggulden's books before I skip the rest of these. He does write on things I am interested in.
Stefan Rudnicki was the narrator of this book did a fine job.
The story revolves around a young Temujin, his mother and his four brothers and baby sister surviving in the wilderness after their father was murdered by rivals.
Temujin grows as a leader and by the end of the tale he is poised to unite all the tribes under one ruler. There are good fighting scenes and gruesome descriptions of rituals and healings that were par for the course in those days.
If I was to compare this book with a book by Bernard Cornwell it would not even compare. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't care enough for the characters in this story to give it higher than a three.
This is my first Walt Longmire novel but it certainly won't be my last. Longmire is a widower and sheriff in Apsaroka County in Wyoming. When one of the four men who got a light sentence for raping a mentally handicapped Cheyenne girl turns up dead, he's got a problem on his hands.
Craig Johnson knows how to write characters, and make you love them. The bad guys are interesting and the story is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The best part of the book is the dry humor of the many characters. There are so many great one-liners in the book that I couldn't keep up with them. One that I remember was when Walt asks his friend Henry Standing Bear, who has been shot, "Pain?" "No, thanks I have enough." Henry answers.
I understand A&E have a series called "Longmire" based on this series.
George Guidall does a wonderful job voicing these marvelous characters.
I look forward to reading more of this author and his Longmire series.
This is not your typical autobiography. It's more of a history on when and why she wrote her different books and plays. The unique thing for this is she reads it herself.
You can tell she is a very private person because there is little on her personal life in this story. It's really a textbook on how to write a book and how it worked for her.
For anyone who is a fan of Mrs. Christie's this is a fun book. Miss Marple is NOT her grandmother although a lot of characteristics they share, including a second sense that something is going to happen.
She also talks about her favorite books she's written: Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (her pseudonym). That particular book she wrote the first chapter, than the last chapter and continued to write it in one day with no sleep. She than slept for 24 hours straight and the next day she read and made very few changes. She said she loved that experience but didn't know she could survive another one.
This is a good short listen and well worth your time if you are an admirer of her work.
This book has you looking at history and politics in a unique way. The author takes you through the original colonies and who the people involved with them were and how they thought, why they came to America and what their goals were.
We can see that the people who settled in Jamestown were much different than the Pilgrims of Plymouth. One came here to escape religious persecution and build a paradise on earth while the other came to make money and nation build by conquering the indigenous tribes and further the British Empire. Very different goals and the colonies were on a collision course. It's a wonder that we survived as one nation at all.
There are 11 different cultures in America all with differing goals and attitudes on what this country stands for. This is an interesting read and takes us from the 1500's to the present day with some future forecasts thrown in for good measure.
The reason I didn't give it a 5 star was because I think some of the facts were skewed or out and out wrong. The Whiskey Rebellion was one and I will do further research to see if his conclusions are right.
The narrator does a fine job.
I do highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of this nation and it's political future.
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