Undeniably the best book I have read or listened to in a decade.
Short stories require the lightest touch, while developing characters and narratives in a very short time. I listened to this and laughed out loud, stopped in the middle of a walk to listen carefully, so very carefully, to the beauty of the language.
Description - hmmm. Maybe better to read the NY Times interview/conversation with George Saunders. Simple stated, stories that put a finger on the pulse of our times interspersed with tempo changes that either ground the stories in reality or allow them to soar into a kind of magical realism.
I felt heard and seen in the landscape as I listened to this astounding creation.
I have enjoyed Daniel Silva's work in the past. Each book moves at a interesting pace and intertwines art, Italy and Israel in interesting ways.
This book takes the political to a new and slightly disturbing level. I am halfway through the book but switch to other books because although I am interested in the storyline, I am tiring of the tireless descriptions of the situation in the Middle East.
I am beginning to believe this is written by a team of intelligent Israelis hoping to project Israel's precarious position in the Middle East to a much wider audience.
A very interesting book. For those who are feeling like an outsider when instituting new ideas in the workplace and society. A combination of anecdotes and actionable tips, this book is realistic and sensible about executing on your wildest dreams.
The narrator is an unfortunate choice. I believe her voice is better suited to the romance genre. Too breathy and a bit too perky for these real and beautiful stories of life.
Not finished with this book but I wanted to warn those who might be depressed to avoid the story. It's beautifully written and an intriguing story but oh so bleak! that might be the goal here but it becomes heavier with each listen. Better to read Amy Tan's latest novel The Valley of Amazement"..heavy content done lightly.
This author is creating unrest in my book listening habits! He is blending the thriller and a philosophical treatise into one pleasurable experience. And although I wish to listen to other books and change the pace, I cannot. Try ANY of his books...creative, imaginative, thought provoking, suspenseful, easy to listen to...listen to these stories and watch the hours fly by!
Had no real idea of this man's mental prowess. Both in rational thought and an mind that frames the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Here's a quote (one of many).."Moral hazard has never met a more efficient amplifier than a digital network" Speaking in a context of the financial meltdown and middle class disenfranchisement of the last few years. Had to write this review before going any further in the book but I can't wait for each word of the book.
Having stumbled into "The Good Son" by the same author, I purchased this book. Both books deeply engaged me. Left me wondering....Thought provoking, he describes a familiar world that is transformed into a different reality by various means we may never understand. Is it a mind altering drug or prolonged capture that has the power to transform the characters? Or is it the evanescence of our reality? Are we the captors or the captive? Everything flashes in the light of his prose.
Listening to the book is spectacular. If you are interested in the Western ethic, particularly the people of Texas over several generations executed with immense polish, this book is for you.
George Saunder's book "The Tenth of December" is also a remarkable performance and much better listened to than read, I believe.
I write this review as a way to invite EVERYONE to read this book.
The only character is my favorite - the woman who cares to make her life engaging and important to herself and those around her.
This is a book written as a manifesto and manual for changing the way women behave and are regarded. How you regard yourself and how our culture regards you.
I became accustomed to the narrator but would have preferred a more mature and mellifluous voice. I think the more mature voice might have also had more credibility.
For me, there is a nasal edge that grates ever so slightly the entire book.
All I could think was "Ms. Sandberg must have been mentoring or sponsoring this person".
No. In fact, this book is to be really listened to - the more attention paid, the better the results.
Also, there is a companion website that is spectacularly effective and interesting for building skills.
I might actually purchase the book as well as having listened to it. There are sections I will want to read again and again.
In the top ten
Reminds me vaguely of caribbean version of Jane Austen's books and completely different. A compelling historical novel - one of the best. Written by a man?? If so, remarkable sensitive storytelling.
Robin Miles MAKES the book. I don't think it would be the same book if I had read it instead of listening. Her accents are spot on, brilliant. Pauses and inflections, subtle timing shows a master at work.
Yes. I was not able to. However, it allowed me to accomlish a lot of organizing in my life as I would listen and work!
This book underlines the importance of a talented narrator. It should be nominated for some prize at Audible.
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