A rambling, stilted, ignorant, irrational, arrogant, hateful, chilling, positively DUMB waste of paper compiled by a loser who who shouldn't have gotten past trying to draw buildings as a hobby. The remarkable thing is that this monster ever became responsible for anything more than a simple mop.
Flatly written, cliche-filled, naive, machismo, self-absorbed, rambling account by a blindly "patriotic" author who seems to have swallowed everything his "superiors" and Commander in Chief "W" Bush told him about the reasons for war in Iraq. Stupidly lumps all Afghanis as "blood brothers" of the perpetrators of 9-11 (and condemns them for it). We don't need to glorify war OR demonize an entire nation because of the brutal, misguided, Un-Muslim beliefs and actions of a select group of ruthless individuals. Thanks, but no thanks. A chore to listen to - even for a brief time.
I loved this story. Her writing is crisp, suspenseful, visceral, and exciting. Ending was unexpected, but felt a bit disjointed, not quite organically emerging naturally from the earlier section of the book. Without spoiling anything, I will cite the writing truism that "If you are going to shoot the gun in the third act, you need to place it on the shelf during the first."
One-dimensional characters and a tedious, formulaic, and predictable plot. Seems to be trying to ape Jason Bourne without including the depth in character or storyline. Reader was passable, although a few voices sounded forced. Mind numbing experience.
How this book was lucky enough to be published, I do not know. The writing was poor, the writer's ethics questionable, the logic frayed, and the conclusions were rather dumb.
Despite the misguided scorn heaped upon this book by the obtuse pundits of FOX News, I found this to be a remarkably well-researched, highly readable, and non-biased attempt to explore the scant historical evidence which exists about the man, Jesus, within the historical and political context in which he lived. FOX makes a bumbling attempt to cast doubt upon the validity of the book because the author, Aslan, happens to be Muslim. Aslan is first and foremost a scholar with a Phd. and three other degrees pertaining to world religions. (And these degrees are not from Billie Bob's Christian University.) He has been studying for two decades the history of the man called Jesus as well as the period in which he lived AND the personal and political struggles which very early on formed the Christian church. Don't listen to anyone's opinion who has not actually read this book cover to cover. It is even-handed as well as provocative. Aslan uncovers a man who, whether you happen to be Christian or not, was a remarkable champion of the poor and dispossessed of his era. I read it twice, back to back.
A first-hand account of an incredibly brave hero, a young girl, who chose to speak truth to the world about the brutalities of the Taliban, was shot in the head, and recovered to carry on this mission. Malala should receive a Nobel Prize for her eloquence, her bravery, and her choice to continue speaking out even after her life was almost taken from her. She has earned this reader's eternal esteem.
Poor sound. Difficult to follow the translator. Not an enormous amount of information and wisdom provided even for the somewhat brief length of the recording.
Rife with speculation and loosely founded assumptions and generalizations rather than evidence. The worst kind of faith presented as historical fact. Didn't bother to finish it.
I love books in which heroes are born, books in which we get to see how an extraordinary individual became who they are. This novel contained some great twists, some dead-end alleys through which Lee Child plays the reader like a violin. Plenty of action and suspense, plenty of Reacher reasoning through the clues. The short story appended to the end of this read also adds depth and insight to Reacher's character.
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