Does the current world look dark and hopless to you?
Read this book!
At a time when the whole world felt devastated, this amazing woman traveled it, encouraging all to believe in the awesome God she serves.
If you want to laugh, cry, learn and marvel at wonders, read this book!
One of the best books I have ever, ever, listened to and I have loved many books!!!
Don't miss it!
I have never listened to or read George Elliot before.
But I loved this book.
It made me go online andl look up several historical things I was curious about, but mostly, I loved the characters and the story.
It showed so clearly how those tragedies in our lives can also be the events which are the most beneficial to us down the road in life.
The best lesson, expressed so beautifully, is that God is more tender and kind than we, and if He allows tragedy, He will eventually bring wonderful good out of it.
Absolutely a lovely principle to reflect on at any time.
(It did start a bit slow, but hang in there!)
I got this book for free and I'm glad it was free. I thought it might be a funny and lighthearted look at modern dating woes. Lots of ammo on that front, I'm sure.
There were some really funny parts, but this is not a book for anyone but adults definitely from an R to X rating. Also, profanity.
However, having said I don't particularly like the book the author was great!
I loved his style, it drew me in and I could read other subjects written by him. Please, branch out from here, I think you've gotten all the mileage you can out of e-dating.
I bought this book after reading the reviews touting it as touching and funny. There were some truly touching and really funny moments and I enjoyed those very much. The problem was, I needed a degree in French and philosophy to understand the rest of the book. More intellectual babbling than I would have ever imagined I would tolerate. But I did tolerate it because despite all the blah-blah, I came to care for the characters.
I finished the book but it left me wishing I had never picked it up, because it made me very sad.
Rosenblat's narration was absolutely fabulous, and the only reason I will remember this book fondly.
I stumbled across this book by accident and put it on my wish list because I like Lorna Raver's narration so much.
Once I began to listen to it, I just could not stop. The story is told in clear and simple terms and yet is so very moving and touching.
Bilquis Sheikh manages to reveal many of the mysteries of the Muslim mindset which before escaped me ( a westerner) completely.
She has an unusual story and I loved every minute of it. (And I don't want to spoil it for others.)
I've listened to it at least three times now and will continue to recommend it to friends and family and any others who will listen to me.
Even if you just read this for curiosity's sake, get it and read it. Maybe, like Bilquis, you will find your life equally changed and enriched by the source of her joy.
Raver is the perfect narrator for this story and as usual she does a superb job!
Perhaps a native Okie is not the best judge of a book like this, but here goes.
Egan takes us all the way back to 1870's and is first critical of the Indian policies in place then. He follows several families in a range of places and shows the pain and pathos of the time.
But, he just falls of the edge of the world while ending the book, slipping into more critical views of current agricultural practices. If you didn't know better, you'd think things were just the same in "No Man's Land" today as they were in the 1930's. I don't appreciate his views.
My grandma, a young woman and mother of three small children, was widowed in 1922 while living near Beaver, OK. She raised her kids alone, never married again and spent the rest of her life in No Man's Land. She earned not just a living but also a college diploma at age 72. I attended her graduation ceremony, how many grand kids can say this about their grandma? At the time of her death, besides a home and car, she owned forty acres of lovely wheat land. My dad had many sad stories to tell--having his only Christmas toy broken by an uncle, missing a father's guidance, having a prize winning 4H heifer taken by the county because it had Bangs. But despite mornings awakening with the only clean spot on his pillow where his head had lain, he served well in WWII, came home and married, finished medical school and spent his life as a family doctor, helping many folks and raising his three kids with a gentle and loving hand. Like his parents before him, his deep faith in God sustained him in many hard times.
I'd have appreciated more stories of continuing legacy like this, than what I got in the book, although parts were very interesting.
Added to my dislike of the authors point of view was the fact that the narrator could not pronounce almost any name of a town correctly, except for Dalhart. Boise City, which he read thousands of times grated on my ears each time BOIS (like BOISterous) City, not bois-SAY City like the narrator insisted on pronouncing it.. And really one can easily find the correct pronunciation of many Indian and Spanish words almost anywhere now a days.
I listened to the whole thing, but I was left feeling empty. I cannot accept his current assessment of the land or policy, because Ive lived there and know better.
I was forced to read this book as a seventh grader. I HATED it!! I cannot emphasize this enough.
Fro some totally crazy reason, I ordered it expecting not to like it again. But, I wanted to expand my horizons and besides, I love Frank Muller's narration!
So I must admit,though being forced to read it, I could not remember anything at all except Miss Haversham and that obnoxious wedding table of her. So, clearly,, seventh grade was a long , LONG time ago!
I absolutely LOVED this book! No kidding! I have not previously been a Dickens fan, but now I'd have to say I am, of at least some of his works.
This is a great story, a bit of a cautionary tale and even a romance and story of enduring love between friends and family.
I was totally amazed at how much I loved this book.
And of course, the great Frank makes it even better! He does his usual job of excellent narration.
So, the moral of the story is... even if you hated it in junior high, try it again in twenty or MORE years!:)
I'm not a big reader of 19th century writers, or those before then. But I chose this as a free gift on Valentines' Day.
Of course, I knew it was a classic, but I came into it totally naive, having never known the story.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed the writing and the story, and hearing the background info on Jane Austen added to my enjoyment and appreciation of this book.
The language caused me a bit of trouble on occasion, but I could go back and catch it again.
In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that as soon as I had finished it, I listened to it all the way through again!
I liked Flo's reading and interpretation of the book. She did a great job on distinguishing between voices. I noticed either there was an occasional glitch in the speed or for some reason she sped up on occasion, not sure which.
But not enough to keep one from enjoying .
Elisabeth tells this story so well. I happen to find Marguerite's voice less than pleasing, but she reads well and after a bit I no longer noticed the voice as the story caught me.
This was an awesome story which brought tears to my eyes at many points. I especially enjoyed Elisabeth's thoughts in the first and second epilogues.
What commitment and trust all these folks have! They have had tremendous impact on an entire generation of this world.
The NIV version of the Bible is clear, and easy to understand in modern English.
It is a great choice for listening and I was surprised to notice that with someone else reading, I remembered better and saw connections and had comprehensions of underlying themes which I had missed in reading it.
I like to listen to a few chapters a day.
Don't miss this! It will give you plenty to listen to and think about for years to come.
I have really enjoyed the narration of George W. Sarris. He has a great, easy to listen to voice and he uses it well.
He uses his inflection well, although he clearly has not tired to do a tremendously dramtic rendering. I like this approach.
Given that, he had me giggling when speaking for Balaam's donkey and several characters who were clearly drunken.
I will listen to this many times in days to come.
You will not regret this version, this voice or this purchase.
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