Not at list price. Nothing against Patton
I appear to be unable to leave Stephen King unread because once in awhile he really kicks butt. Not one of those times
King writes books as if they are movie treatments, so yes. Christopher Walken as Danny. Too bad Kubrick isn't around to work his magic.
Wish I'd gone to the library. Wish I had left Danny's fate to my imagination. Wish I hadn't reread The Shining. The movie is better.
Tuchman's A Distant Mirror
It required undivided attention but worth it. Relistening to parts required. Huge cast of characters with complex history.
The narration was bad. The narrator has a British accent. Trying to act out quotations, especially with a French accent (in English or Frsnch by a French speaker) were grating. Her narration style, starting in high registers and swooping down is distracting. Almost all characters are male and the common reverse falsetto - trying to sound male by forced lowering pitch - as usual a bad idea. I might have to get the print version. This is just taking too long. It's a great book and deserved a more serious less histrionic narration.
The red wagon
I like that Afghani narrators including the author were used. They narrated at a measured pace. Without good equipment some English words and many French words might be tough to untangle. I didn't mind. I can't imagine trying to sound out place names, character names and other Middle Eastern words in print.
This book will lead you through some dark and bright places. It evokes strong emotions.
Anyone can talk herself into evil. Anyone can do evil by just going along with someone who claims responsibility for it
People were killed needlessly because of foolishness.
It was fine
In which the way other hospitals handled Katrina
I appreciated the author mentioning the Army Corps of Engineers and the failed levies as the cause of the outsized degree of suffering from a hurricane that had become rather tame by the time it hit New Orleans. Harry Shearer's film The Big Uneasy would be a useful companion. Narration of the movie would be a great audiobook.
The Eleanor-Franklin relationship
It was told well. Opinions and amateur psychology was scarce and clearly separated from facts
Don't know. I like to be read to, apparently
A love story
It's a story of the love between Eleanor and Franklin, of the country for both, of both for the country. There isn't much new to me about WWII but context of FDR decisions are clear. Eleanor was much more than most women could be even now. I found myself wanting to ask my parents what it was like living in that time - has it ever been so hopeful since? I'd like to repeal the presidential term limit.
In trying to revive the magic of Double Down some things should not have been doubled down on, such as snark and overheated writing
There was some new information
Apparently this was not a particularly memorable book
Library or remainders. Or audible sale. Even for junkies not worth the list price.
The facts about JSOC
Apparently. I did.
This gives context to the sound bites on the news. It might make you very angry, no matter your politics. War is hell and sometimes extreme definitive action solves a problem. Sometimes hubris can lead to shocking behavior. Americans following our foreign policy and the status of the war on terror and its costs to our freedoms and souls would likely find this useful, shocking, stirring.
The idea was intriguing but the execution was too much about the author who wasn't that compelling. No context.
It was too much about him.
I cannot recall
It's good for casual reading. I prefer long stuff.
I would recommend checking this one out of the library or shopping remainders where it probably is by now
Yes. LBJ was a huge influence on my generation in a personal way. Few presidents affect so many individual American lives on such a significant personal level. He ruined or elevated people in life changing ways. This book helps show how he became who he was and what a mystery his inner self still is.
The other Caro books.
I think buying and listening to Caro's book on Robert Moses was a pretty extreme reaction.
Anyone who is interested in recent US history and a perspective of politics today would find this useful.
The story of LBJ in a thorough historical and cultural context
How an insecure neurotic man with a massive work ethic can rise to greatness
Anyone interested in this era would benefit from this book. Every other book I read about LBJ and his time will be read with this bio in mind
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