between John D. MacDonald and Robert Petkoff ! I read all the Travis McGee books back in the eighties, and now am rereading, er listening to, them, one by one. No question but that popular attitudes (towards women, for example) have changed immensely since these were written back in the fifties and sixties, but some things never change, and it is these things that interested MacDonald. Now they're period pieces, but the crisp prose and keen insight bestow extra value and style. Recommended.
There's been a lot published lately that sheds new light on the psychology of canines. This one too is entertaining and educational. The author delves into puzzling phenomena that dog masters surely must wonder about. For example: why don't dogs react to images of themselves in the mirror, or to other dogs on tv?
Don't bother. Try a different book. Nothing else to say, but I can't publish until I get to 15 words.
The idea is solid: look not at the great and famous people who made history, but rather at the anonymous John and Jane Doe of various cultures throughout the ages. I'm disappointed. It should have been a lot better. He should, for example, have gone deeper into the clashes between Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens, between the Egyptians and the Hebrews, and the Greeks and the Hebrews. Still, I'm not returning it and I plan to slog through it, because there is what to learn.
But read this book and you'll understand why. I'll cut to the chase: Canine genius manifests itself in dogs' ability to 'read' humans even better than most of us read each other!
by the K9 voice. Dog aficionados will find canine wisdom in sections written from the point of view of the dog, and of course the parallels between the losses suffered by the two protagonists adds some literary extra points.
they make me chortle. I didn't chortle all that much. It was just average.
with his original social experiments. These books are best read in chronological order. If and when his next book comes out, I will listen to it.
I'm writing this before I've actually finished the book, but halfway through it's clear that thi is yet another masterpiece, apparently the last, from this marvelous author. Humphrey Bower, as usual, narrates superbly,changing his voice and his accent to suit the character who's speaking. As the father of a 17-year-old jazz musician, this book resonates deeply with me, but I can't imagine anyone not loving it.
the limits of human endurance. The one annoying thing, which I put on Audible, not the author, is that one should be able to download and print the appendixes. I've run into this before with Audible, and it definitely detracts from books that contain maps, charts, recipes, lists, etc. Audible should take it under advisement.
Good variation on a classic end-of-the-world scenario, but too long, way too long, notwithstanding the author's intro, where he all but apologizes for making it so long. In fact I haven't yet finished it, so this review is not final. Can say for sure that I enjoyed 11/22/63 better. Better story, better narrator. Not too long.
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