The plot, characters, and setting were all well developed. This story clips along at a good pace and while you are reading it you are also learning a bit here and there about the Ukraine -- including a visit to devastated Chernobyl.
The lead character -- unlike so many leads-- she's not perfect -- but she's worth getting to know -- and she learns and grows.
I really enjoyed the "3-D" effect of reading and listening. It made the book alive for me -- and it clips along faster. I set the narration at 2x and it worked well for me. The narrator knew the pronunciations for the Ukrainian words -- which were delightful to hear, and also prevented me from getting "stuck" on them.
Characters living near Chernobyl. Well drawn and very sympathetic.
A good read.
Wow! Since am a fan of ancient literature, I looked forward to this book -- but I didn't expect a page turner. But there you are! I am simply amazed at how much detail is found here -- the author must have scoured every nook and cranny to get so much information on a man who lived 200 years before Christ, never wrote a word himself, and was remembered primarily by his enemies (Romans) who really wanted to erase him from memory. The author argues that Hannibal is a greater general in some ways than Napolean, and that, but for Hannibal, there would really be no Julius Ceaser (he got a lot of good ideas from Hannibal.) But besides the numerous fascinating war scenarios, and the intriguing tatics devised by Hannibal -- he's also a remarkable man-- loyal, cunning, taciturn, humble, and, yes -- caring. He really sacrificed his life for Carthage. Even in 6th grade, for some reason, I always rooted for the Carthigians -- now even more so! So get settled in your easy chair, and prepare for a darn good yarn. Trust me, there's a lot more to know about Hannibal than you probably know. Nicely read too. Sound effects add a nice touch setting scenes, but never get out of hand, and the narrator successfully projects various character voices. I love his take on Hannibal.
I must say, I was skeptical, but I really enjoyed this book. Van Praagh writes a combination of stories from his encounters with spirits and they people to whom they are communicating, and the insights he has gleaned from these encounters over the years. His words are positive, uplifting, and very, very hopeful. He doesn't just provide assurances of eternity, he illustrates the power of love and forgiveness in a powerful and memorable way.
This book which is primarily writings of King interspersed with some autio of his speeches is illuminating and heart breaking at the same time. The passages tell the story of King's struggle to achieve justice for the poorest Americans -- black and white -- through non-violent confrontation with corrupt systems in the North and in the South. His words are so apt for today's turbulent times, it is astounding. I feel honored to have spent some time with this man-- and know I will return for a listen to uplift my spirit and for insight, again and again. Beautifully read.
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