mission, BC, Canada | Member Since 2006
Every Atwood book I have ever read has left me with a lasting impression. While reading the books I had a sense that I had to plunge through the pages before I lost interest and then near the ending I am forces to look at my life and myself in order to accept the inevitability of what Ms. Atwood is saying.
It is a letdown but I am sure that this is what she wants to do.
The author is real life and I will continue to read her books
Now that I am finished this book I can say that she continues to leave me with lasting impressions of the reality of life and death.
I do not mind about the controversy around this book. It still contains a lot of great ideas about freeing the mind to be crreative.. I have actually tried some of them and they do work!
This was an eye opener into the history of China and the changes in government that impacted the lives of the Chinese. A very good insight into the beliefs and values of these people as well as their strengths in facing their many trials.
Not like a history book but very informative. I was drawn into the book immediately.
I listened to this book on a road trip and I was so entranced by the story and the reader that I missed two turn=offs on the highway. I was on the edge of my seat uring most of my trip and I found myself becoming emotionally involved with all of the characters, including wishing that the "Nasty characters" would get what they deserved. I highly recommend this book.
The free chapter of this book has made me very interested in purchasing it as soon as my credit comes. The techniques for solving problems are very helpful and they work!
I have just downloaded the final book in this series. I chose the abridged versdion this time because in the third book I found myself fast-forwarding through the love-making and very descriptive scenes. I loved the first three books for their historical value and for the characters. This applies to the first, second and third of her series with Jamie and Claire.
This book is one of the best of historical fiction that I have ever read. Pillars of the Earth also meets this standard.
The author makes it easy to "get into" the minds and feelings of the characters, and I found myself having reactions to their life situations. For example, when an injustice is being done to one character, I became very angry.
I could hardly wait for my reading times to arrive and I was sad to come to the end of the book.
I listened to this book as a favor to a friend. I was not excited about it because I thought that the contents of the book would be like all of the "self-help" books I have read in the past.
I was very surprised to find that this book contains many profound ideas. I will be purchasing the hard copy so that I may refer to it.
The author pulls from many sources including the major religions but he never suggests that one might be better than another.
This book could have been rated as 5 if it had not moved from generations so quickly. I had difficulty keeping up with the characters.
Perhaps if I were reading rather than listening, this would not have been an issue.
I like to listen to audiobooks when I go to bed so I can relax. I did not relax with this book because I was too busy laughing. Some say I have no sense of humor but they are wrong. I have gone ahead and listened to two more of his books so far.
What impressed me the most about this book was the amount of research that went into it. Some thought the author was preaching but I am certain that he was trying to show the possibilities of using trans-species and making them slaves. I admit that it takes a person who is educated in the sciences to really appreciate this book. Perhaps the author could have "spoken down" to his critics but then he would have been criticized for that too. Try to read the book again. He has shown us what is really happening behind our little perfect worlds, as well as predicting what "might" happen if we continue to let diseases etc. be owned by corporations.
This was my first book by the author and it won't be my last.
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