All the characters are dead, literally, and wander about like lost souls whose fragmented thoughts comprise the "story" (if you can call it a story).
Such a waste of time and money.
My God, this is a beautiful story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will have very deep thoughts.
I am amazed at the negative reviews of this book! I think this historical fiction series is absolutely wonderful, highly educational, i.e., medieval culture with witches, vampires etc. thrown in for fun - although in medieval times, it wasn't much fun for the poor souls who were burned at the stake. It’s a winning mix and I highly recommend the series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out! What a great way to learn about other times and places. But then, I enjoy historical fiction because I have such a need to learn while I am being entertained.
Because I loved the Tamir series so much, I went ahead and bought the first two books in this series. I have plodded my way through the first half of the first book and the narrator is driving me CRAZY! What a disaster! I simply cannot go further. For heaven's sake, who chose this man? I have been so distracted from the story that I couldn't give an honest review of the characters or plot. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
This is a great book! Could not put it down. The battle going on between two ideologies in America today is comparable to a war, with al that that implies. Jonathan Alter's description of the battle between the center and the right is riveting! There is as yet, no clear winner. Only history will tell.
This is the story of a young girl placed in a foster home on Himmel (Heaven) Street, Munich, Germany, just before WW2. Although they are poor and the foster mother swears like a heathen, it is a place of love in the midst of ignorance. I will not tell you who the story teller is but you will be surprised - at least I was. You will cry, you will laugh, but most of all you will be buoyed by the courage of the human spirit! Listen to this story. You will not be disappointed.
A truly inspiring rendition. Best I have read in the genre! The unconditional love she experienced for herself and all of humanity can be "felt" as you listen. She expresses the ineffable better than most. Only some of the mystic saints have done as well or better. Highly recommend!
All are villains in this world. The wizard of Oz (Municipal Bond Insurance Corporation), is caught choreographing the fantasy. David (Bill Ackman, the wicked shorter) slays Goliath (MBIC). The multiple regulatory bodies mimic Snow White in her sleep mode. And Warren Buffet tries to put Humpty Dumpty (today's economy) back together again. The prognosis? Well, the Wizard has changed his name and the show goes on. Stay tuned for the next instalment. There's an election on the horizon.
Although there are many short comings with this book, the fact remains that I could not put it down. However, I found the author's style of writing frustrating. She starts out with one scenario, then quickly flashes back to another point in the past or future that appears to have no connection, at least to me, as a lowly member of the 98%. This works well for fiction but not for non fiction which requires explanation and examples. The book should have been much longer. Also, the narrator's voice is screechy at times and again this detracts from the material under discussion. At the beginning of the second section of the book, the narration breaks down altogether for a few minutes? Sentences/paragraphs are missing and this left an extra gap in my understanding. It sounds like a bad phone connection. That being said, I have read at least a dozen books dealing with the meltdown so I was not totally in the dark.
Suffice to say this work is reminiscent of Harry Markopolis' No One Would Listen wherein a quant (math whiz) spends about ten years spelling it out for the regulators so that they can put a stop to Bernie Madoff before he bilked thousands of investors out of sixty billion dollars. Now that we know that regulation is frowned upon by corporations and Alan Greenspan on down, it has become clear that investors and citizens would be wise to listen to the whistle blowers of society, no matter how unsavory they may appear to be. Are they not, when all is said and done, the supermen/batmen in our midst? The regulators are owned by the corporations and vice versa, so let Superman fly and heed his presence!
This is a suspense story with a twist. The characters are well developed and the plot kept me interested from start to finish. I highly recommend it.
All of the above are mentioned in this book, especially America the Great over and over. I greatly admire America but this was a bit much. It must be an election year! An interview with Romney comes at the end of the first short story and is then followed by a sequel story. Never have I listened to a book that was interrupted by an interview with the author.
As mentioned by others, Dewey is larger than life and performs missions impossible. Character development is poor and I had great trouble figuring out who was who - so much so that I found myself back tracking a couple of sections to try and figure it out. Then there is that long scene describing numerous weapons ad nauseam.
There are some enjoyable, exciting scenes but so disjointed the flow is stilted. I think the narrator did his best with the material handed him. He too sounded stilted at times as he tried to make sense of things.
Alas, I bought the sequel, Coup d'Etat. I will read it but don't expect much.
I am half way through this book and so far, about 50% of the material is copied and pasted from the author's other book, Alcohol Lied To Me. In my opinion, this is dishonest! But of course, there will be no guilt on his part as he does not believe in retribution.
Also, I do not appreciate his negative views on organised religion which, in his opinion, causes untold guilt and suffering for religious souls. Organised religion over the centuries did much to spread civilisation to the populace and has brought happiness and peace to countless millions. Granted there were also horrendous mistakes made as civilisation evolved but this is no reason to throw out the baby with the bath water. A dialectic approach is needed here.
I do not intend continuing reading the ramaining half as I have already heard most of it from his other book, and I am angry at being bilked. I would like a refund from Audible. No one should have to pay twice for a book.
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