Provides an intimate portrayal of a complex man who fathered a dynasty of American politicians. In addition, the activities of Joe Kennedy, and the background from whence he came are finely yet enthrallingly revealed. I learned much more depth about this period of American history, from the treatment of the Irish immigrants, to the stock market, to his inside experience in England, to the nurturing and care of his 9 children. Stimulating and engrossing read. Highly recommended!
I think Lee Child has created a wonderful, cozy character in Jack Reacher. I have read several of his books, and while I would not rate them as top notch, "human condition" literature, I would rate them as top-notch detective fiction. I like Jack Reacher and am happy to have him as a companion now and then, especially as read by the fabulous Dick Hill.
This book is a good read. I didn't expect as much depth as there is. The characters are developed, the plot is interesting, and the reader is outstanding. What could have been a bland story about four friends (plus one) is thoughtful and engaging. Recommended!
I was thoroughly interested in hearing the perspective of this participant in the goings-on before and after 9/11. It's sometimes difficult to find one's own opinion amidst the sound-bites, slants, takes, and, imo, downright lies. Mr. Tenet, as well, has his "slant"; but it's an honest one and can be deciphered without the difficulty of much confusion and muddle. Thank you, Mr. Tenet!
An entertaining story, with a bit of philosophy and wit, nicely written and even funny at times. Other times, it's deadly serious. You are reminded that what this man (The Hit Man) does for a living is dreadful, but can't help but empathize with him, especially since he is a careful, not cold, but thoughtful character.
This was a wonderful read! Fun cops and thugs 1950's affair, very fifties, decent plot. I enjoyed noting the differences in our society between then and now. All "PC" (political correctness) is out the window; anyone of "color" is not referred to by his name but a "negro" or "colored person". Women are made to believe they haven't a brain in their head. But taken in its venue, it's just a hardy good against evil, cops and robbers suspense story.
I really enjoyed the experience of hearing Job, as dramatized in this narrative. Hearing the words as presented here adds power to the awesomeness of G*d, as this book always portrays.
I really like the Alex Cross character that Jonathan Kellerman has developed and, in fact, he's at his very best in this novel. But the story is just brutality and one act of banal evil after another. Turns the stomach. Too much acting out of just sheer torment, not so much that it's graphic, just that it IS. Nobody wins. That may be realistic (?) but I prefer a bit of redeeming happiness, joy or triumph in my reads. There is some effort made towards that end in this book, but then even that is spoiled. Sorry, but this is no heart-warming, victory-laden story. Not at all.
Just voice. The word stands alone. No music or artistic to-do needed. And what a voice! Gregory Peck is wonderful in his reading. I would love to hear James Earl Jones read the New Testament and was thrilled to see it was available until I read in the reviews there was piano music in the background. I don't want that. One thing, I can't read this all the way through in one time period. I've been listening over about 6 months, and may listen again. Recommended!
I learned about Pompeii in 7th grade, and I thought it was that nobody knew from one moment to the next that the volcano was going to blow. They somehow all froze in time, baking bread, leading horses, and it came on so suddenly that the whole city was flash-frozen for historians to study. Here is presented a personal and up-close look at the goings-on prior to the "big blast". There were signs and symptoms, which provided "mystery" to the book. There are people that are developed well enough for you to care about them or despise them, or at least to wonder what makes them tick. This was a good intro to volcanology, signs and symptoms prior to a volcano, and a sweet love story as well. Kept my interest throughout.
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