Harlingen, TX | Member Since 2004
I've already bought a copy of this for my daughter. Each of the characters in McCall Smith's books are complex and imperfect, as are we all. I look meeting them. Anyone who has wanted to adopt Bertie in past books, as I have, will be gratified by little "Ullyses," who innocently brings the revenge of Bertie upon their mother.
There is a minute-to-minute on-the-edge-of-your-seat-"ism" with each of the books in this sequence, as there are always several plots interwoven.
His performances are great, as was this one!
Absolutely, I would probably have glued on my headphones, if that were a feasible option.
More Bertie! More Bertie!
I listened to this probably 3 times. Gregory Boyle's interpretation of scripture and God's delight in us produces pure delight in the soul. I've taught many of these "home boys" he speaks of and these stories resonate with me. The philosophy he shares with these "homilies" is helping me to deal with my own grief at the loss of a sister. How does such a sad series of tales help to make one's heart cheerful and full of hope? That is Fr. Boyle's "hey G!" gift to us, as he is truly one of God's gifts to the world. May his acceptance of every man resonate in my heart forever.
There was a bit more music theory than I enjoyed, but a real musician would probably love that very facet of this tale. In the west, we have an idea of the trials Chinese citizens endured, but opening up those sagas is still vitally important. The narration was good, in my opinion, and the stories were sad without the aftertaste of hopelessness. I also appreciate Zhu's thoughts on western and eastern religions. We need to see how our attitudes are interpreted by other cultures.Thank you, Zhu, for sharing your life experiences with us. You are a very strong woman and I bow to your persistence in the face of adversity.
If you've seen the movie, you MUST hear the story. The Patriarch of the Muslim family is such a strong character that you abhor and love him simultaneously. A film can never do this title justice! Narration is excellent!
I loved this story. As usual, I listened to it at least twice to follow every character and each twist and turn. This tale has a delightful mix of characters and great poetic justice for the true villains. I hope that folks in "old folks homes" find this title; I enjoyed it vicariously, as I believe they might also. I find Steven Crossley an enjoyable listen.
I love that "Robert Galbraith" continues to create inventive tales.
I had to hear this twice to make sure I followed all the details of the plot and noticed all the characters. I'll continue following Galbraith's work and I find Robert Glenister to be a pleasant listen.
Yes, Mrs. Pollifax was definitely unexpected, continually and wonderfully. This is a fun read, although Mrs. Pollifax is often having the very opposite of fun. I love this author and will probably read many of her titles. The narration is excellent!
I am amazed at the deprivations suffered by the English during the years of my early childhood. These stories are especially endearing to me as I so thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the British Isles some years ago. Jennifer Worth has such a talent in telling stories and revealing characters, as well as analyzing the situations she observed in her career. I was thrilled to find Book 3, and I will probably read anything she chooses to write in future.
I taught many students from native tribes at Albuquerque HS. With no understanding of the different customs and beliefs of native peoples, I often felt a lack of connection with many of the students. I wish I had read the Walt Longmire series before that teaching experience. Because I lived near many reservations and love the desert west, I feel a strong connection to these stories and the people in them. Learning about the many differences among the native peoples, I am hoping to overcome my "belacaana" shortcomings.
The characters, the struggles, the small victories, the reality of race and farming and being human are expertly woven into this intriguing tale.
The old man who becomes the advisor/salvation of the main character.
The ending scene was very gratifying.
Sugarcane farmin' in the South ain't like livin' in California!
Am anxious to hear anything more which this author creates!
yes. I love Maeve Binchy's stories. They're about real people and especially the importance of connecting with others.
Other titles by Maeve Binchy. Her writing is truly unique, and the villages and neighborhoods she writes about are places I aspire to be one day.
She's wonderful with the different characters and accents. You can tell that she understands the intent of each story and the attitudes of each character.
I'm truly sorry that Maeve is no longer with us. I've listened to everything available in audiobooks, and now I'll try to hunt down each of her other titles in paperback.
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