I will listen again, just because there was so much in it that I can't remember every detail all at once. FABULOUS information and take!
I loved this book! Of course, the fact that the author agreed with me on the pseudoscience of many alternative medicine certainly didn't hurt, but it was more than that. He came and things as a nonbeliever in everything, whether it be alternative medicine or science, whether it be medicine or placebo. Furthermore, he was able to say that “yes, some things that are not scientifically proved actually have proved helpful, MORE than doing nothing”. He did his best to explain what could be going on, and he did his best to allow for individuals' belief systems. In some cases, he said that he doesn't agree with you, but he respects your choice. I personally, furthermore, learned things about what I, personally, need to look for. It was a great book!
LIFE, religion, personal-standards
I think my favorite character was the father of the main character. He combined reasoning with his religious beliefs, and he realized that one doesn't need to share your total set of beliefs and morals to be a good person and a personal asset.
I don't know about my least favorite. There are aspects of the Hasidic Rabbi that I hated, but the performance did not suffer, and the character overall – as presented by Chaim Potok – was a good man. I personally don't have to like every aspect of him to understand where the character's coming from, whether or not I agree with you. I don't know that I had a least favorite…
As a JEWISH girl from a very nonreligious background, I found the descriptions and developments of Judaism overall and two main characters, both of whom will were Jewish, but neither of whom had backgrounds that I had any contact or familiarity with, educational, instructed, and entertaining. I loved the book: it did give me a more well-rounded familiarity with my religion and with different levels of beliefs. The book itself was fun, it wasn't just an "informational manual" or anything like that. Well done book!
Another suspenseful and fulfilling book by one of my favorite authors!
Harry Bosch is retired, but a case just can't leave him alone, so he pursues the answers. Various departments surprisingly get involved, and there is a surprise ending which is actually fitting. Satisfying as I expect all Connelly books to be!
She answered a lot of questions about bankruptcy and the banks on a human level
She's human, comes from a human background, and shares what it means to be human and care about people and the other aspects of life
Humans and the middle class first
Wow! Okay, I need a disclaimer: I like Warren and her positions, and I suppose that this could affect my review.
This was an excellent book. Warren is very down to earth and gives a view of her life in Wasnigton from a human point of view. Her writing is engaging and captivating.
She gives a view of politics and finance from the citizen's perspective. She appears to understand middle class views and desires. A lot of this is because of her foundation. Her parents were working people who did their best for their kids, but nothing was handed on the silver platter! Elizabeth Warren went to community college, for $50 a semester. She then used loans and scholarships to go to law school. She taught children, but then she taught law school. She became well respected because of her drive and determination for the people.
Ms. Warren talks about the different committees on which she served, and she talks about how she got involved in the Senate race to start with, but she doesn't let the fact that "politics" was a big part of her life consume every other aspect of herself. She brings Washington and government to life, and she gives some history of the whole financial environment of the US. She points out that different programs and procedures, like bankruptcy, used to be not only a final option, but a helping hand. They were designed for people, not for the banks. The whole government and society appears to be changing, and Elizabeth Warren is doing her best to stick up for those who need support. Her point is that everyone should have, deserves, "A Fighting Chance", and they used to! We need to get back to the original GOALS of our country, because they seem to be slipping away.
It was very relatable, in an odd sort of way (I've never worked in the circus :-)). But the reader could get the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the mixed feeling of good and bad from the overall story.
Of course, the main character (was then I don't recall) was my favorite. And the elephant. It was nice to feel that he got his due in the end!
When the elephant stomped on his tormentor
it's been a long time since I actually read this, and writing the review reminds be that I really needed to read it again. I don't remember details, but I remember that I absolutely love this book!
Good; top 1/3
I actually was first introduced to the Robert Asprin books when I was in graduate school. I read the first 10 or so, and as recently as two or three years ago, I was hoping to find an audio or e-book copy. Apparently, as of April this year they are now available on audio! The narrator is absolutely priceless! He adds depth and character in a way that's so appropriate for the book that I am totally blown away! Often, when one listens to a book after having read it, the particular narrator is so far off in tone from the way you imagined him/her, that it seems totally off. Mr. Levine is NOT in that category. He's really perfect :-). The story itself is fun, although the plot, though it has its points, is sort of ho-hum. As I recall, the plot in this one is the weakest! I look forward to listening to the rest with my 13-year-old son, who also enjoys it thoroughly.
Wow! I have never been much of a history buff, which may be why I really appreciate this book; I think I learned more about history here that I learned all the way through grade school and high school (in college there was no particular reason that I should have learned anything about history)(although I have learned more about history since then…). The standard things about Native Americans and the way our history is skewed when it comes to "American Indians" was pretty much expected, but there were a lot of details. And it was interesting to learn how many things with "learned about" that really never wore. And in the end, learning then thought "historical sites" nationwide for the most part are a farce! Unfortunately, to verify most of it, I need to read a lot more – which I will admit I am not inclined to do :-), but it is really interesting what one person can determine about our texts and curriculum through high school! If nothing else, it opens up a lot of questions!
As I said, I'm not much of a history person, but I think that I will eventually read/listen to "Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by the same author, for which I do already have the audio. But again, it will be "eventually", when I'm ready to steep myself in history some more :-)
I like the genre, and the elder had been recommended by my mother-in-law :-) (always good to impress the mother-in-law :-)). It was nice that the inspector went back and forth through the possibilities before making a conclusion.
Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human
I don't know; nothing stands out…
It was fun :-)
I'm not sure how good the representation of high society life in (that time era; not indicated what the time era is…), but tHe conclusion is surprising! I must have read/listened to this book previously, because aspects were recognized, but it must either been to recently, because I really didn't remember any of the details or even some of the main points! Clearly, it had been worth saving simply listening to it again was not unenjoyable :-). I bought the book in 2010, and I probably listed to it then, but I just finished revisiting it. It's still fun.
I only made it half-way through! Between the form of the book and the narrator, it was a TERRIBLY yedious and BORING listen! Reading through charts and tables is NOT good entertainment or even education!
Boring and colorless! I would like to hear him with a different work; I'd like to ne able to say that it was primarily the subject.
None. Boredom. Not even curiosity...
I've gotten so tired of being told that everything depends on attitude. It was very, very, nice to hear someone saying that there is more to life than that!
Does money buy happiness/positive thinking? Does happiness/positive thinking attract money? This was a very good book, challenging the idea that happiness and positive thinking are the be-all and end-all in the cause of good things. It points out that a lot of the “positive thinking” agenda basically blames the victim for anything that happens negatively. It challenges everything from religion to health to economics and how “positive thinking” is used to salve people's beliefs into thee feeling that they are responsible for any undesirable outcomes simply because they did not think positive enough. I personally found the section on “positive thinking” and happiness affecting health. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on “health and happiness”, but I approached it from the realm of good health CAUSING happiness, not the other way around. Clearly, the whole “positive attitude” thing is trying to turn it on its head. I now realize that numbers have nothing to do with causality! Similarly, all studies that appeared to point out that thinking good thoughts CAUSES good health does not show any such thing. She spent a little too much time on religion and religious thoughts, as well as “teambuilding”, but overall I think it was a very good book. And it was really REALLY good if you're someone saying that thinking good things is not the be-all and end-all!!
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