I love science fiction but it can be hard to find good abstract descriptions along with an engaging story. I have started this book several times and drifted away—sort of lost--looking for the plot. However, I’ll give it a good try. Many years ago I gave myself ‘permission’ to stop reading any book that I could not ‘engage' with. That does not mean that it might not appeal to someone else, or to me when I’m in a different mood. I am going to try "All Tomorrow’s Parties" again. I wanted to read more customer comments about it. I just reread one of my first downloads and this time I really ‘heard’ and enjoyed it.
Like many readers I enjoy a good thriller and I’ve listened to many genres—lots of bang and chase; government espionage and spy tales that seem to be from today’s world news Yet, I don’t understand why this book has not received many more reader reviews.* The Siberian setting is totally barren—but not the story. The main character, Lutka, becomes a man on a mission, struggling through the isolation of deep drifts and scattered stands of snow-heavy trees. The landscape is a character in and of itself. However, the story is never barren. I found myself forging through the snow and blood trails. I can’t describe the mystery without spoiling the story, but I can safely say that this is a non-stop thriller of the highest order and I can’t forget it.
*I think that the problem might be the similarity between book titles—both promoted on Audible at the same time—“The Book Thief” and this book “The Child Thief”. I read both but consider Smith’s book to be literature!
because I thought it was—‘Night of the Living Dead”. I would have missed a charming and chuckle-funny kind of light thriller about a struggling single mom and her teenage daughter. It’s got lots of sinister twists and turns. Thought I read it alone I can imagine my Mom and I listening to it on a car trip. Also, I didn’t find myself trapped in teen lit trash. She has a great *other* name for her not-great ex-husband. The writer is new to me but I liked her wry sense of humor and the narrator delivers her lines in perfect mode. I now see it is a series but this was a whole read.
and it seems to me that he only had a walk-on part. I expected exciting and fresh stories from good writers. To be fair—a few of them are—but otherwise they went in one ear and out the other. I’m not able now to even tell you which tales made a strong impression on me. The performances varied, but they were acceptable. Maybe I’ve seen too much junk media or read too many hot thrillers from DeMille. This left me with buyer’s remorse.
I enjoyed all the ways this book worked: the rage of an American west wildfire, a graphic description of fighting fire amidst the politics and technology of the times. I was grateful for the bits of personal and family drama that Egan wove into the story. Such touches make History come to life. The only reason that I didn’t give this book 5 stars across the board was that once in a while I felt that there were too many dreary political bits. Lapses like those long lectures we’ve all endured. I wanted much more on Teddy R’s adventures because there is no doubt that he was the ‘Big Burn’ of his time.
I almost never give up and do not imagine myself so totally ignorant of Henry’s time and court. I felt that the author left the pivotal personality of Henry VIII almost out, which left me feeling that the myriad characters were operating in a vacuum. Like others I needed a print version to see who said or did what, so don’t play this for a friend who is new to audio. (Regarding the narrator: How many ways can one person pronounce Boleyn?) I seldom feel I’ve totally wasted my credit, but with four (4) restarts—while I listened all the way to the middle—is too much! I came, I tried, I quit.
I read historical fiction, trying to bring to my mind’s eye what history studies left to wither on the vine. China, which was closed to me during my traveling life started my interest in such cultures. Perhaps it is a morbid fascination, but we do need a jolt of reality about Totalitarianism. North Korea is a country where they can tell citizens that the rest of the world is a cesspit and that they "have nothing to envy". Meanwhile people literally freeze, starve and die on the streets. This is a riveting story with no self-pity and no whining. The writer’s courage glows—and this book stays with you.
I thought that someone might mention this coincidence, but I don’t see it. First, I personally enjoyed—with some cringes—the language, mood and style of this story. Goolrick takes us to a winter in 1907 that’s so isolated and remote that we find it totally bizarre; unreal. This kind of isolation really existed or still exists. Look for a copy of "Wisconsin Death Trip". It samples a collection of old glass photo plates found in a very old home. The real descriptions are gone--lost to time. They are simply combined with excerpts from the county newspaper. The clippings are real incidents like the stories in this book. That book was real--because, as Ralph keeps saying, "That’s just the way people are. . ." That book gave me a chill and now, through fiction, I know the rest of the story.
This is as close as most of us may ever come to understanding Saddam Hussain, and the culture that bred him. Told in first person it has a strong mother-daughter theme that shows how similar we are to women of the East; yet how disparate. From her childhood to her 20s; it is heart-wrenching and enlightening. Like Hitler, Hussain was an evil despot. In simply telling her life story, she reveals 'Uncle' and those trapped close to him.
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