On the positive side, it was certainly original. On the negative side, I didn't feel that I could identify with any of the characters, therefore, I did not get "into" the story
I suppose that the most disappointing part was that the story was not like the outstanding other fantasy books that I have read by Brandon Sanderson. Rather than the self consistent and emotionally appealing fantasy worlds that Sanderson has created, this book was more "comic fantasy". This is fine if that is what one wants to read.
None of the characters was "real" enough for me to have a favorite.
Brandon Sanderson is truly a gifted author of some really fine fantasy. I am probably not the best person to evaluate a book of his that is not of the type that I prefer.
Yes. This is a well told account of a true horror story that most of us will never have to face. Even though I have never encountered anything like this, through her telling of the story, I felt that I could understand a little the horror of what the author encountered.
my favorite character was the author Michelle Knight. It seemed that up until her release from the house of horrors, she had never had a break in life. But despite what happened, she emerged from the ordeal to become a successful author of the story. I wish her only good luck in the future.
She did a good job of reading the book with the right amount of emotion. The story seemed to flow from the mouth of Michelle Knight. I dont like it when readers over-emote, and this book probably had that potential, but Maria did not succumb to that.
Yes, my extreme reaction was of horror at what happened, and greater sensitivity to the women who have suffered similar (though usually much less severe) abuse.
This book combined two stories. The first was a rather incomplete chronology of the events leading up to the first a-bomb. The second was a rather plodding description of the lives of several ordinary women who led rather ordinary lives.
I think that documenting this story while the people are still alive is a good thing, but that it was not crafted into a very good book.
I have not listened to any other of her books
I would not necessarily cut any of the characters.
I think that there was a mix of character types that is appropriate to this kind of description, but that the describing of them was not so good. For example, a lot of time was spent describing the boyfriends of each of the women, and how their relationships were conducted. This is the same as such relationships any time and anywhere. Why is it part of this book?
I would recommend it because it is not copycat fantasy, but a well written and performed original.
As with all good readers, he gives the characters personality. He adds just the right amount of emotion when appropriate. This is critical to a good performance of the book, as some readers over-emote, and some readers under-emote.
I did not have an extreme reaction. It did not make me laugh or cry, but made me feel good.
This book is typical of Brandon Sanderson's books. It is not a wild ride type of fantasy, but rather a well written story based on a world that is similar to ours, but with a little extra in the form of what we usually call magic.
I have not read the print version
That there are many human stories behind China's rise in the world. Like elsewhere, China's success was and continues to be built on the backs of the poor.
That China faces the same problems as everywhere else in the world and that and that they face them with the same political mixture of approaches as any other country.
I think that western education has given us the impression that China is a one mind totalitarian state. The book makes clear that this is not true.
The story is fast moving and just an easy and entertaining read. Also, you cant help but feel good about Jacky who despite being persecuted by all of the bad guys, always stands up for those who need help.
for me, the most memorable thing was just picking up a new story about our hero Jacky and being entertained for yet another 10 hours or so.
I liked them all.
Bad guys beware, Jacky is in town, and she gets even.
All of the books have been read by Katherine Kellgren. She is the best reader that I have ever experienced. Her spirited reading really makes the books come alive. Thank you Katherine!
Perhaps not destined to receive any literary prizes, but a fun read for atheists. Considering the number of books that I wasn't able to finish, or had to struggle to finish, I would have to rate this book in about the 80th percentile.
The fact that it listed all of the diverse reasons that religion has been a bad influence in human society as well as being unsupportable as being true.
She managed not to make it sound like a rant. Her diction was clear and appropriately paced, with just enough emotion to emphasize her points.
Finally, an objective discussion of religion!
Most of the arguments and facts that she presented were already known to me, but she put them all together into a clear and compelling book.
are we prepared?
This question is not really relevant
He seems to bring emotion to each sentence. Sometimes it is too much.
The Great epidemic of 1918: will it happen again in 2018?
Throughout my life I have heard of the killer flu pandemic of 1918, but have known no details of how the pandemic developed and why so many people died. This is a chilling story of how the medical system was completely overwhelmed, resulting in far more deaths than might otherwise have occurred. Although we have more effective medicines for the pneumonia which followed the flu and was the actual major killer, The sheer numbers of people involved would, if it happened again result in many deaths from the same cause. This is because our current ems system does not have the surge capacity to deal with the large numbers of very sick people. After reading this book, my feeling is that eventually another such pandemic is likely to happen again. Do we have a national plan for dealing with it? The book seems to say that the answer is no, and I think that the book makes the point very well.
The realization of just how bleak the lives of post slavery black people were, especially in the south, and also the realization of just how recently this changed.
The story followed the lives of several of the black people who migrated from the south in the early 20th century. The story seemed a little slow and plodding. Sometimes it was difficult to maintain interest. The story could/should have been told in perhaps 1/2 to 2/3 as much time.
This is my first Robin Miles reading
No, it was a story that I listened to for education, not entertainment.
I think that this is a worthwhile read for white people such as myself as well as Black people. It is about a shared heritage that none of us can be proud of. For a conscientious white person, it is horrifying to see just how cruel other white people were in the Jim Crow south. I am not sure how a black person might react, but I can imagine a mixture of emotions, some directed at white people for their cruelty, and some directed at themselves and other black people for their helplessness in the face of this cruelty.
I am 62 years old, and it is a bit humbling to realize that many of the abuses that are described were in full force during my lifetime, and indeed that some of this exists today.
I think that this book would be most valuable to young people of all races. This would help them to understand some of why the older generation acts and thinks the way it does.
Yes, because he gives logic and facts to back up his predictions. Whether I agree with his conclusions or not, I have to agree that they are plausible.
This one is my first
He read the book in a voice that sounded as though the author was speaking. Not overly emotional or bored sounding, but as though he believed what he was saying
No, I didn't see the book as trying to inspire action.
The book was not mainly about the technical advances of the next 100 years (although there was a little of that there), but was rather about the cyclical nature of political relationships and conflicts, and how they might play out over the next 100 years. In my opinion, the author gives too little importance to the technical advances, but sees these advances as simply adding a new dimension to the same political relationships that have been going on for hundreds of years.
The author believes that power struggles and wars will be our fate in the future just as in the past. I hope that he is wrong.
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