I throughly enjoyed this book on China Today. The author doesn't bother trying to explain the political system, he is interested in the common people and their every day lives. His journey into the heart of China, and the people he spoke with, answered many questions I had about the people and the culture of today's China. His own curiosity, his empathy, and his sense of wonder drew me along on the journey. Even the narrator seemed to fit the story perfectly.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks more information about China than can be gleened on TV or magazines.
I have read and listened to many books and podcasts on medieval England. This was my area in college and I felt I knew it fairly well. This program gave me more information about the people and the eras, but more than that, it made the people seem more real than most books I have read. The professor made the times, people, and places feel interacted. I understood the relationships between events and people better after listening to this lecture series. I also felt the professor was more than reading notes, she was telling a story, and telling it well. I recommend this program to anyone who wants a stroll down the lanes of the medieval English past. She left much out, there is little detail, but the events are there, the people are there, the motives and opportunities are there, and the listener is transported to the time and place.
I am not religious but I enjoy reading about religions and religious traditions. I have also been raised in this Christian society and have read the Bible frequently, both as a religious tradition and as a history. My primary interest and training is in history, but my imagination has taken me various places.
That said, I listened to this book, hoping for insight into the history and the religion of Christianity, but got none. It was facile and the characters, including Jesus, were shallow and foolish. The bad people were very bad, and rather cartoonish, and the main characters were constantly changing their beliefs and charactor. If I was trying to conjure Jesus as a human or as a god, this Jesus would not fit the bill. He was neither convincingly human nor god.
I think what I want to say about this book, is that it is sloppy and silly. Fortunately it is short. I don't like to stop a book I have started (in hopes that it will improve or I will learn a lesson), so I dogged on. It wasn't the worst book, but not worth it's subject matter.
With all the current books about Queen Elizabeth I, it seems there may be nothing new to say. But this book finds a new vision of Elizabeth. The is the old Elizabeth. The story starts with the Spanish Armada and goes to her death. Most stories about her center on her childhood and formative years of queenship. This one is of a mature, wiser Elizabeth. She has lived a long time, outlived most of her childhood friends, and has endured many trials. She sees the people around her in the vision of experience. And she sees herself a becoming more sidelined, as new, younger, men enter the stage of history.
Several of the reviewers have complained about the narrator, but I think her voice is quite right for this queen. She is mature, not a silly, vain girl. I felt like I was listening to the older Elizabeth as she reviewed her past and looked to the future.
In all, I found this book quite entertaining. It is an era that is most often hurried in stories about the times. First there is the armada, Elizabeth in armor, rousing the troops, old Elizabeth playing the fool with Essex, then she's dead. Here, she actively participated in the planning and work of the defense of England, it was Essex who was the fool, and she strode strongly and bravely into that good-night.
I enjoyed this book, and I think others who have read a lot extensively of the time will also enjoy. If this is your first Elizabeth story, you will not enjoy. The author expects the readers to already know the people and the events.
Allright, I don't know all the truth of the story, no one does. It all happened a long time ago, but we know a lot. This was a pretty well discussed era, even during the events. This book describes a story that is unrecognisable to what really happened, or at least, what historians and other fiction writers have presented. I have read extensively on this era, the history, the religion, and many biographies, but I do not recognize the Jane Seymour, the Anne Boleyn, nor the Henry VIII presented in this book.
The narrator was pretty good, although most of the women sounded alike.
Maybe the book took a turn for the better, but I doubt it. I only got through a couple of disks, and had to stop. I rarely stop before finishing a book. This one was just too bad.
I look forward to reading what others have to say about it.
I enjoyed this book, although the fish metaphor got a bit stale. I had serious disagreements with the premises several times, but it gave an excellent explanation of conservative economic beliefs. The readers were very good. It is not easy, I would think, to make an economics treatise interesting enough to keep the listener's attention. These readers do so.
A short read but one that will probably stay in your mind for quite a while.
I am a gardener. I prefer vegetables to flowers. If I am going to put all that effort into growing things, I want food to be the result. I have often thought about expanding and growing enough extra to sell and to make a small business of it. After reading this book I feel the effort would be rewarding, but I would be too exhausted to enjoy. These people are young and driven. But they live the dream. The dream of most organic gardeners.
This is a lovely book. Not lovely, pink flowers and butterflys, but lovely in its joy of life, of creation, of respect for tradition, past and future. It is short, but full of appeal to those of us who seek to find fulfillment in working with the soil.
Texas is an undiscovered country for most of the rest of the country. I remember visiting Texas, from California, and being amazed at the culture, different from any I was used to. I have lived in many states in my life, but Texas stands out. The music was all about Texas. The stories they told were all about the glories of Texas. I wondered how this state came to be so different from others. Now it makes a bit more sense.
This book is about the birth of Texas. It is about the Indians of the prairies, about the early Texas Rangers, and about the pioneers. It is about the violence that permeated the area and its people. It is the mythology of the current Texans.
The reader makes the story come alive. Through massacre after massacre, he helped keep the killers straight in my mind.
This is a coming of age story, set in a possible future, one where none of us would like to visit. The author puts us inside the narrator and we see the world he sees. Since it is his world, he feels no need to fully explain it or try to tell how it came about. I think anyone who is aware of the problems we now have and what is coming slowly to us, will not need to have things explained. We see these things happening all around us.
The story is simple, but effective. And frightening. It comes to us, as all things do, one step at a time.
It appears that S M Stirling enjoys writing fighting sequences over all else. And he does it well. This narrator also keeps the action flowing. This addition to the series is as full of action as the others. It will bring you back to the time and place we left when A MEETING AT CORVALLIS finished. This book is primarily about Rudy and his stalwart band and the mission that takes them across the country and back. IT IS NOT A STAND ALONE BOOK. It will mean nothing to you if you haven't read the previous three. It is an enjoyable read. It is a pity we will have to wait about a year for the next book. I gave it 4 stars because it does sacrafice character for action. And we have very little here on those left back home. However, if you like the series, you will enjoy this book.
This is a good read, although I don't feel there was much that was earth-shattering. The questions the author raised were ones most of us think about, but the only answer I got from this book was SEX. He may be right. I enjoyed the process of analying what information the authors had, but mostly I felt they were assuming too much. I recommend this book for people who enjoyed the side-ways thinking of FREAKANOMICS, but don't expect great revelations.
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