The fire that destroyed the familiy's first real house (as opposed to the makeshift shacks and tents usually provided by the farmer-employers).
I also listened to the version in Spanish, and it was equally wonderful.
I think a film SHOULD be made of this fine collection of well-structured vignettes: the tag line could be, 'an updated, and livelier, Grapes of Wrath'.
This colorful and poignant
I really appreciated being able to listen to this fast and lively overview of Faulkner's work; the fact that it was free to members was a true bonus!
Sushi Boot Camp!
Hard to decide who my favorite character was, but I think Zoran -- the rather gonzo Australian sushi-chef trainer. Corson presented the real-life struggles of a whole range of characters with much empathy and charm, and the narrator masterfully gave each of them a distinctive voice.
Haven't listened to other Brian Nishi work, but will look for him again -- he is WONDERFUL at hitting the right tone, capturing a truly crazy range of accents, etc.!
I was glad to stretch out the listening because I wanted to re-connect with the adventure of the fledgling sushi chefs day by day, to savor the story and learn as much as I could...
I teach advanced English to Japanese executives, including restaurant executives, and this gave me so much 'food for thought'. But even without that, I recommend this audio version very highly, to anyone with any interest in sushi, in the global food industry, or in the fascinating culture of culinary training.
I would definitely provide more rousing portraits of immigrants, their families, places of birth, adaptation to destination communities, etc.
Since much of the value of the work is in statistics, an accompanying pdf would be useful.
While it did match the dense, dry the tone of the writing, I still would have liked it to be livelier!
Explore other works offering more human interest, and a more consolidated view of immigrant entrepreneurs' overall impact.
The absolutely authentic quality of Alice's 'voice' throughout.
When Alice, with full-blown Alzheimer's speaks on the disease at an international conference -- and receives a standing ovation.
Whew! It was just perfect in tone, pitch, emphasis -- it felt like a real gift, being able to listen to the woman who knew more about the text than anyone; who so obviously wrote it, and was now speaking it, out of love.
No, because being able to stop for a bit and return to it strengthened the feeling of spending days with Alice, who was a truly compelling character.
I am very grateful to the friends who recommended I read this, and to Lisa Genova for writing it. I understand more about Alzheimers, on so many different humane and even hopeful dimensions, than I ever expected to.
Lots of movement and suspense, well-drawn characters (including one really impressive 'weasel' character who reminded me a bit of Angel on the old Rockford Files), a good sense of place (the Hamptons, though -- just a detail -- a few locales do get mispronounced, like Jobs-jahbs instead of Jobs-jobes Lane in Southampton.) Considerable international intrigue also blends into what starts as a local mystery. A thoroughly enjoyable 'read', and I can definitely see why Christopher Lane has so many narration credits -- he's truly wonderful.
I not only laughed and cried while listening to Champlain's Dream; I gasped and hooted, flinched, was struck speechless...ran through the whole gamut of emotive reactions, because the story is told in such masterfully immediate fashion, and the narration is SO, so good. But -- cried? over a HISTORY book? Well, yes: at the end, as the author summarized all the very sane and salient points he'd made through the course of the book, as to how Champlain might be a model for 'leadership qualities', I was actually moved to tears. A truly enjoyable and thoroughly edifying audio experience.
This is a GREAT walking tour of SFO's North Beach, featuring lots of lively info that I (a onetime Bay Area resident) didn't know, delivered by a really personable and knowledgeable guide.
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