Sherborn, MA, United States | Member Since 2012
This novel is about the journey of a boy who loses his mother and progresses though a series of tribulations. The novel opens slowly as you bond to the boys mother and then she is killed off (not a spoiler). It has its slow parts and is rapid dramas. The listen is about 30 hours so you have to dedicated.
This is not a mystery or sci fi, rather it is clever coming of age story disguised as flashback fiction. This book will likely not appeal to those who love biographies or memoirs. It is not a who-done-it or thriller. Now that I told you what it isn't, it is a well written novel with poignant moments and good characterizations. Give it a read.
Vampires being all the rage, I like this series because it has a mixture of werewolves, ghosts, witches and other beasties -- a sprinkling of vampires. Don't be fooled by the title of the series, there are plenty of men woven into the story. This story in particular is about Eve, the mother of Savannah from a previous novel. In this novel, she is sent out after a Nix as a sort of supernatural bounty hunter and you follow her jaunts as she tracks this nasty creature down. Eve is a mixture of good and evil herself and so the theme is" if you want to catch a criminal, send a criminal" -- but can Eve be reformed from bad witch to -- what?
In order to appreciate this novel, you really should read at least book 2 and book 4; you could skip book 1 and 3 as they are other storylines. I do think reading the whole series is very worthwhile. Also, don't expect sex to be the focal point of these works, they are slight romance and mostly fantasy. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, you'll like this series.
Laural Merlington does a great job in narration. Overall, I continue to find these works light and engaging without be macabre. I recommend you give it a read -- great airplane trip time killer.
All that Corsi manages to do is to throw more doubt on historical accounts. He offers little interesting data. He discredits early historians with already known facts that are easily to find on the Internet. The only redeeming quality of the work is that he brings these (possible) fact-conjectoids together in his book. He offer conjectures supporting his hypothesis in which the definition of the word fact must be used loosely. I'd suggest you pass.
This book hit very close to home and was very unexpected. I cant't go into detail without spoiling and I won't do that that. But, both the place and subject matter resonate. Don't read this book without a tissue handy. The formula has been done before; but the way in which the novel unfolds is rather unique and there are numerous surprises and very nice moments. It leaves your wondering and feeling. Give it a listen.
Okay, you read it 10 times and each time it seems just as cliché as the one before, you know guy hires girl, they fall in love, endure problems with families, blowup at the end and eventually overcome and live happily ever after. You know this on page two! Does that stop you from reading? No. You just listen because want it to be true.
This book is good, with the appropriate drama and romance. You want the smug people to be put in place and you get your wish. Give it a read.
In the demographic Cliff, Dent make a reasoned, well supported argument for his predictions. The first third of the book is very slow because he spends a great deal of time convincing you of his solid record in past predictions -- of course they have worked out well or why would he write another book?
That sarcasm aside, he makes a very convincing argument and it dovetails with other books like "The Next 100 years" and Freakonomics. I think this is a must read -- think it over, his argument does make common sense.
In Cold Blood is true tale of a grizzly set of murders of four of the Clutter family in Kansas. Set in 1959, Capote brings this tale to vivid life and Technicolor description. I especially like the way he helps you to get to know each character -- good and bad; he also gives you excellent depth in the supporting characters. From the depth of these characterizations, he weaves a very descriptive tale which draws the listener forward through charter and verse.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and he brings an added bonus to the work. This novel will be liked by the who-dunnit crowd even though who-dunnit is know; the thriller people will love it as well. Add this book to the bucket list!
Friedman offers us a prognostication of the future 100 years. His fortunetelling is based upon geopolitical factors rather than hocus-pokus or astrogeology. He offers very sound reasons for his thinking the future history lines. Given that this book was published in 2010 and only four years into it, we already see some seeds of truth. Four years is only 1/25 of the span but at least he is off to a great start. Given this a listen, it will make you think -- especially about the middle east and the far east. I give it a thumbs up.
In Eat it to Beat it, Zinczenko wastes no time in shocking you with the ingredients you eat on a daily basis. He promises to educate you on how to lose weight while still eating your favorite foods. The core premise of his two hour plus narrative is to get you to make better choices in the supermarket but especially in chain restaurants. For example, instead of consuming and Bloomin' Onion at OutBack Steakhouse, order the stack of eggplant and will save yourself from eating one of the worst contemporary dietary disasters. To summarize this is more like eat this and not that novella -- sometimes its better to eat a cookie than to eat fish loaded with trans fats.
There is no doubt what he writes is true. This book will appeal to those of you who find yourselves in chain restaurants and camping out in the frozen food and chips isle at the supermarket. It does not address those who know a lot about food and nutrition and are refining their skills. This is more about making smart choices or often a less dumb choice.
I am a foodie and I found nothing new or exciting in this book. I suppose if you are firing down dinner a day at Cheescake Factory his advice will help you lose weight -- sort of. I will give it style points for being short and amusing but series advice is not there. I say make the choice and pass, this one has too many trans-facts.
You start this book in a open state of mind but, soon into it, you feel something is amiss, then wrong and then terribly wrong. There are so many unanswered questions, gestures clues, and smiles -- a treasure hunt even. The main character reminds of Meursault in Camus' "The Stranger."
The narration of this book is excellent and keeps you enthralled. It is a lengthy so you have to just get through it. This is not a book for young teens, the audience is for more of a thriller, who-done-it, dark romance-esq crowd. If you don't listen, you will be missing something good.
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