Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2014
The most interesting aspects for me were the discussions of the book of Job and Jesus and his disciples as apocryphal Jews.
Not for me, it was better to break it up into different chapters which allowed me the ability to consider the information presented
I haven't read much of Ehrman's early works but I was somewhat disappointed that the book focused a great deal on the writings of the Old Testament. The view of God in the Old Testament has always been presented to me as a more vengeful being than the one that followed the crucifixion of Jesus. There was some great stuff on the New Testament as well and an argument against looking at Revelations as an impending doom, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, the book was very good but slightly short of great. I will go back to some of Ehrman's earlier works to see if those better help provide a more complete view of the scriptures in conjunction with this work.
I understand that King has wanted to write this book for some time and enjoyed his perspective on the pivotal moment of American history. However, the story can't hold up to his earlier works in quality or entertainment. One could say that I'm holding Mr King to a higher standard than other authors.
I'm sure that this book was a great undertaking for Mr King to research the events leading up to President Kennedy's assassination. However, I felt that the book was oddly constructed, even for a time-travel novel. Some time in the 'land of ago' with Jake seemed to drone on for much too long while other times we jumped right past a critical detail with hardly a mention of the events surrounding it. The love story angle was sweet but often stretched on longer than needed.
The entire premise of saving JFK and stopping all of the bad things that happened as a result of his death was a poorly constructed history, especially given the meticulous research conducted on the events leading to his assassination. JFK's position in the civil rights movement as president is widely recognized and his plans for how to handle the Vietnam mess are a topic of strong debate among historians. However, the 2012 view of JFK in the book sees his Vietnam views clearly and ignores his position/actions on civil rights as president.
I thought that the ending was decent but not incredible. It felt predictable though some details were clever. Some of the symbolism that foreshadowed things was too obvious and some details of the portal were not fleshed out in a satisfying manner.
I still recommend this book to anyone but the reviews on here led me to expect something a lot better than what the story can deliver.
I have listened to it twice already. I enjoy Colbert's character quite a bit and he is present in this audiobook heckling Tom Hanks. However, the book reflects a mixture of both Colbert and Colbert voices and is a nice, simple children's book that I hope to read to my children in a few years.
The fact that the book is written in a way that entertains children and adults in different ways.
Colbert's TV persona on full display
If you haven't watched the multi-part interview b/w Colbert and Maurice Sendak (an American treasure of childhood lit), please take the time to view it. It is a great highlight of a fantastic writer in what turned out to be one of his final interviews and also served as the genesis for this book. The series of interviews is available in full on colbertnation in honor of Mr Sendak's recent passing.
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