I've always been a big fan of Betty's, but it seems I'm getting to Love her even more as she continues on her life's journey. She is always funny, direct and up front. I like that about her. She reminds me of my beloved Nana who was from the same generation, and I find such a wealth of wisdom there delivered in ways easy to receive and understand. I eagerly look for any of the work she shares with us and relish her performances, as she ages with grace & 'disgrace' so elegantly. Keep it up Betty! You're an inspiration XO
I was looking for a series both my 9 year old daughter & I could enjoy & both of us love the fairy magical realm. We found it in Artemis Fowl! Initially we were a bit worried about the darkness & the violent content but as we listened we found that Eoin tempered reality with humor & consequences that made it acceptable for us both. It has plenty of fascinating thoughtful details, imagination & humor along with sharp intellect & calculating strategy with touches of both the dark & the light. For a family who love SciFi/Fantasy/Mysteries yet are not ready for teenage topics or violence like 'The Hunger Games', 'Star Wars' etc this is a winner! Also Nathaniel Parker as narrator is extremely talented & breathes live into each individual character in such a way that they are completely real & believable. Have already bought the next 3 books!!!
This book started out very well. The information was palatable, informative & presented in an entertaining way. But as it moved on, the descriptions of the goresh truth about the use of children to de mine fields in Iran was unbearable. I have yet to find the courage to finish this book. Whilst I'm sure the author found a way to come to a conclusion that made sense, to me I simply couldn't put myself through it. I can't watch horror movies for the same reason. I know there is truth in what we are capable of, I just can not tolerate it. In a world so full of the examples of our darkest selves, I have to choose to look for our Light in order to find the hope for humanity.
I bought this book for my father, who is a big war fan. But on a long drive to Florida, my husband & I listened to it. Wow! As a peaceful activist I have always abhorred war. I wasn't sure I would find anything in common with someone who had become a SEAL. I was wrong. Eric went from being in the Peace Corps to a SEAL, which seems completely incongruous. However, following Eric on his journey I realise that he is honouring his deep convictions by becoming a protector of the weak not just caring, educating and assisting them. I can't imagine living through what he has lived through, but I am ever grateful for his moral compass in our military. He truly 'Steps up' in his life & he is an inspiration to all.
The audiobook was riveting. I only found a one part less interesting, which was the description of the hazing in the pacific. Otherwise, this book helped me learn & understand more about those who chose to serve in this way. A very brave & honest book.
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