When I saw that this story was about a circus, I wasn't sure I was really interested. But my opinion changed quickly as the story unfolded and it became more about the creatures and the individuals than about a big top. For me this was a page-turner that kept me constantly intersted to see what would happen next. I wasn't happy with the "departure" of a couple of characters, but I guess that by adding that element, the writer was able to elicit some emotional reaction from the readers. The end was satisfying and I appreciated that, since there have been so many stories that I have read that ultimately became a disappointment for me. I will look for work by this author in the future.
Poignant; humorous; intelligent
The author. Mr. Krauthammer has a wonderful ability to communicate. His use of the English language is such that it carries emotion, humor, seriousness - and all when it is appropriate. It is a clever author that can mix politics, private events, and personal insights between the covers of one book and make it flow...but he did it.
I wish that Charles had continued to narrate. Mr. Newbern wasn't unpleasant, but he just didn't deliver the way Krauthammer did. That is why I would have given five stars to the entire book, but when Newbern took over the audio, my interest waned...but just a little!
This book had a mix of everything for me. I am not an easy crier...but there was a moment when the author spoke of his dog that was a very sensitive segment. And yes, I did laugh out loud a couple of times.
This book made me want to hear more from Mr. Krauthammer. And I definitely would rather that he read his own creation. I love his language, his thoughtfulness, and his wit.
This book could be reviewed in two parts - "now and before." What made this only a "3" and not a 5 is that it was a little too wordy. However, this old man had quite a life and continued on after he happened on an adventure at the age of 100. The humor kept me reading. Our book club selection this month, it was enjoyed by all. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the wild predicaments. An example was when the detective tried to stop the bus with his car and the bus wouldn't stop... (I'm not going to add a spoiler here as to why).
None that I can think of offhand.
Yes. He does a nice job with the dramatization, but it is difficult to separate his performance from the written words that sometimes dragged on. He did the best with what he had to work with.
I would probably take out the old man. His adventures and "accidental" circumstances that grew into successes that even he didn't realize had happened would be worth the price of a meal any day.
If some of the dialog was reduced this would probably be a 4 star story. Fun. And the weaving in and out of the past and present of the old man's life experiences was well managed if a bit too wordy.
New surprising information
All 6 were important, but the "unknown" female was intriguing - could have been rich; could have been poor. But was dedicated to the cause.
Great guy, but he mispronounced some words and overlooked some punctuation which serve to define better the meaning of a sentence.
Living on Long Island, it was interesting to discover a lot of history here that was crucial to the success of Washington and the group's success, and having taken place in neighboring villages but not well publicized. I think many residents both young and old will find this quite a revelation.
I think the end for me was relatively predictable - right from the beginning. This is a "been there - done that" kind of story. I believe that it could even have been classified as a bit confusing at times. I frankly was not overwhelmed by the ending.
Although I didn't have a particular favorite, I think the one incident that might have had some emphasis was the conversation regarding the meeting between the father and son which was apparently questionable. This could also be a spoiler and the description is therefore limited.
Although it was an easy read, it was somewhat far-fetched - it would have been a little more of a digestible plot if the protagonist had not gone to the lengths that he had just to exact revenge.
I would suggest it as a picnic on a blanket read.
The dramatization definitely enhanced the story that to me would perhaps otherwise have been somewhat dull.
Although the story is centuries old and never changes, still there is always room for me to learn new things, and so it was with this book. The narrative was credible, based upon footnoted sources. It was an historic account of some of the events and people leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and its aftermath - and it did justice to descriptions and details of the times, the people, and His followers. If I had a criticism, it would be that it was too short!
I have read both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and they were likewise well researched and presented in an organized, smooth flowing account of historical people and events by these authors.
This was a horrific event and I didn't find any scene favorable.
The title of the book would be a perfect name for a film that followed it.
I hope that Bill O'Reilly continues to produce and narrate books that are rooted in fact and based on excellent research of prominent individuals and historic events. They don't necessarily have to have a "murder" theme, but I would look forward to the honesty and integrity with which the event was presented - and that I would not challenge coming from this author.
Anyone that wants to listen to an author that likes to describe things in extreme and unnecessary detail, and includes the technical aspects that he discovered in his research might be glad to pick this selection up. I got the feeling that Baldacci is simply impressed with himself and what appeared as his self aggrandizing "world of knowledge," which I found boring and gratuitous. If I wanted to learn that kind of stuff I would have chosen a research book. If these elements were intrinsic to the story I would have appreciated the information. In my opinion, they weren't. I don't have to know the inner workings of the human mind, the human body, weapons, army regulations, etc. Alternatively, what did the brother do for example, that warranted the charge and conviction? Where information was needed it was absent. Overall the story was absurd and incomplete.
Not in this genre, but certainly by this author.
The narrator did the best he could with what he had, but since I found the story so boring and ridiculous, it was difficult to finish regardless of the performance.
The main characters.
I obviously will not be choosing another selection by this author.
Among the non-fiction books that I have read, this serves as an excellent and clear overview of a tragic even in our history.
I don't think that this book lends itself to necessarily revealing a "favorite" character.
There wasn't one in my opinion.
I found that although I believed to be thoroughly familiar with the assassination of President Kennedy, within the pages of this book, I discovered some new facts - both which could be regarded as trivia as well as significant information. That is why I think it was very easy to continue listening to this narrative once it began.
I had read Killing Lincoln and was anxious to read/listen to Killing Kennedy and I was not disappointed with either work by this author.
The performance of this book is what actually kept me interested since I didn't find the story necessarily compelling or intriguing.
I might choose another book by this author if I wasn't looking for a rich, involved story if this is representative of the type of story that this author develops. But if I just wanted an easy read while on the beach, I may turn to him.
Although the story line was somewhat level without an aha moment, I think that I liked the squirming of the defense panel when an unexpected witness was brought into the courtroom.
An unethical insurance company under fire.
This was just an "ok" story, that would probably be good to listen to while performing a mindless function - maybe painting a room or doing housework for example.
I thought for a while that this was a relatively benign story. A twist early on, however, gave it a little more interest. But then I was not happy with the extent to which the sleazy descriptions that Amy used found their way into the story. I believe the attempt was to portray her as a lowlife - a crude and vicious woman, contrary to her public "good girl" persona and to develop a personality that the reader would find unsavory and to dislike. Well it accomplished that. I have read many stories of all types with all sorts of characters in them. In Gone Girl, I unfortunately found myself cringing a couple of times finding the relative vulgar terms a distraction from the story. This was a tale of an extraordinarily devious individual that crafted nearly a perfect crime and left it more or less up to the reader to determine the real ending. It was an ok story but I probably would not recommend it.
No. If I found parts of it offensive I would not want to risk having someone else subjected to that too.
I think that they were all weak.
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