chose this book, liking Ferguson's humor,and feeling that seeing the USA from the point of view of someone who is American by choice might be helpful during this election season. Ferguson is candid and funny~ many comedians' memoirs are not funny! Ferguson's humor is often self-deprecating; he avoids the narcissistic navel gazing that can plague memoirs of any sort. anything else i would say would be cliched~ suffice it to say it is an entertaining and thought provoking read. i respect the guy tremendously, in addition to enjoying his work.
had first listened to this wonderful book in a distracted manner... only realizing how great it was toward the end ... so i listened to it again "straight away", as the Brits would say~
although the references to "the bustle of the 19th century" sound quaint, it really brings home how "the more things change, the more they stay the same"... Jerome's witty stories illustrating human nature are so funny and so right on, i laughed out loud. the historical notes along their travelogue down the Thames are also wonderful, as the 3 young men take a boat outing one summer. just a wonderful treat~ i recommend it highly! (it does help to understand British English).
had seen the movie years ago, and couldn't make heads or tails of it. finally got around to listening to the audio book recently, and REALLY enjoyed it~ Wolfe has real knack for the characters internal dialogue, and, being a NYer, found the book to be an often humorous look at the vanities of everyone, regardless of social strata.
Narration, overall, was spectacular. only minor criticism was the voices of children in the book... a little too much Alvin and the Chipmunks inflection, otherwise flawless.
thanks for putting it on sale, Audible :-)
i'm a big fan of a romance novel to cleanse the emotional palate between heavy non-fictions or grisly mystery/thrillers, which i love. the suspense of the mystery here was great, and the romance made the presentation light and engaging... i was, above all, happy that the very obvious "set up" between the male and female leads did not end as predictability would have had it.
enjoyed it so much, i wanted more... and bought the next in the series, Silent in the Sanctuary, LOL!
loved the characters, the setting, the writing. maybe i've read too many of the longer crime novels... we follow the story as the perpetrator is discovered/revealed... and that's the end! i always enjoy the "thrill of the chase"... this book ends with no chase, just the knowledge of who did it.
Guess that means i didn't want it to end? :D
this was my 2nd Dave Robicheaux novel~ and the story was a real "page turner"~ always enjoy this author. however, the narration by Mike Hammer was SO much better than the other one i listened... he really captured the Cajun dialect perfectly,and that really added to my enjoyment of the story.
thank you Mike! thank you, James!
Elinor Pruitt set out to prove that women could escape a life of misery and poverty in the cities by homesteading... these letters chronicle her ultimate success over a period from 1909 thru 1913. Truly a woman after my own heart, her spunk and independence in these days before women even had the vote is remarkable, inspiring... and brought me to tears. if you, or anyone you know, could use a little inspiration from a woman who is "the real deal", i highly recommend this book.
the story and the reading were great... film noir, lots of suspense, early 20th century style. those who feel the characters, especially the women, were overacted are not familiar w/the genre... all women in detective stories of this era were somewhat melodramatic by today's standards. lighten up... it's fun!
my only complaint is why weren't the "end of Disc 1; beginning of Disc 2" notices edited out?
primarily a publication of primary source historical documents, the first 1/3 or so of the book seemed a bit repetitious and dry. i actually dropped it for a while and listened to some trashy and exciting fiction.
however, as an avid history buff who grew up in NY, i gave it a second try, and i'm very glad i did~ the flow of information, while still based on a relatively unknown cache of primary historical documents, eventually took on more of the flow of a story, and the characters fascinating players in a grand historical drama. i had no idea that the Dutch were the radical progressives of their day, and it was they that were the Europeans who brought the ideas of self-determined democratic government and pluralistic diverse society to our shores! i know the NY Native tribes, some of them, also had this type of government in their own style, and most of the Dutch honored their treaties w/Native Nations. And more! as i said, worth the time~
explores many of the issues in the current healthcare debate in the context of a real "page turner" of an audio book. The reader did a great job w/the different characters... you could always tell which character was speaking by the voice, and there were plenty of them!
as a heath care worker intimately familiar w/these issues, and an avid mystery buff, i really, really enjoyed this book!
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