NO I was fooled by the title. The author writes like a high school lecturer. This could have been a great read, but way too much lecturing.
Even given the dry material, I still think a little emotion could have been exuded.
No- it just keeps you waiting for SOMETHING interesting.
Advise: Hire a ghost writer.
Definitely the top 3. Maybe number 1 for making a difference in my life! I have never rated a book as the "ONE to read"; I would feel uncomfortable making that decision for anyone else. This book, however, is a gift, especially to Americans, from any state. Internationally, others will glimpse a snapshot of the U.S. they never expected.
"The Orphan Master's Son", though it was very different and a work of fiction. The truth's revealed and the impact of the 2 stories are immense. I loved every word of "Detroit" as the author took me to a new, different world, within the very world I live in.
No, but he was perfect for this book.
It was good enough to, but I took breaks just to do the book justice and allow it to sink in. I needed time, occasionally, just to think about the reality of the story.
Very few authors can write non-fiction as engrossing as fiction. Charlie LeDuff is gifted in this rare talent! Really, no matter what you usually read, this book will grip you. I love a fast paced thriller with believable heroes and complex story lines; but "Detroit" was as much a page turner as any of them.
The story is intricately written and well produced.
A time to kill, of course. There have been several Grisham books I did not like and had stopped reading his work for a while. This book brought me back!
He's always good.
If I could have I would have!
I'm going to give Grisham another chance- He is at his peak!
No. It was a sad combination of shallow writing and an horrific experience.
No. The editing and structure were not continuous. The reader is pushed in time from future to present to past to present; always, always, landing in a puddle of Elizabeth's defenses.
She reads well, if she were reading a bedtime story to a child. A professional might have been able to expose more of the emotions Elizabeth seemed to be trying to convey. Her voice is too childish to convey anger or fear or even the righteous indignation that she is certainly entitled to.
The editor should have stopped her from using the sentence, "And then he raped me." I don't need a play by play of sex. A rape is a multifaceted experience for any woman or girl. There was more to say than "He took me in the tent and raped me." At the very least, the revulsion of having to look at a dirty grown man's penis and the fear that she would lose her virginity to this monster should have been part of this horrific act on a child. The editor and co-writer failed to get Elizabeth to open up. Constantly saying that she hated or feared her captor did not convey the effects of those emotions on a fourteen-year-old girl.
I really wanted to like this story, and I think there will be plenty of stars awarded her by deeply religious people who simply want to uphold her writing as they uphold her faith. I cannot be one of those readers because I hope Elizabeth reads some of the more critical reviews and, even if not for publication, allows herself to feel and explore more deeply. This is a story that Elizabeth chose to write. If she was not ready to reveal any of herself to herself and the world, then it was not time to tell her story. I sincerely wish her well and hope that she learns introspection as a tool toward a lifetime of healing.
Yes. Absolutely. It's important to remember that evil is dangerous and does exist in humans and their governments; those who believe that "making nice" with evil will bring the world to peace are naive, and perhaps equally as dangerous.
The Gulag Archipelago was arguably as important, but the Orphan Master's Son is much more engaging and easily read. Read it as non-fiction. Then think twice about chemical weapons.
The scenes portraying the families' fear of each other within the family. The scenes of North Koreans holding themselves as superior to all others and stealing citizens of other countries. These are not folk tales.
My own father told me these stories in the mid-1970s as an explanation as to why we should NEVER have a treaty with North Korea. I was a naive "Peace-nic" and thought he must be exaggerating.
He was an intelligence officer (translate: spy) who won metals for discovering the very secret tunnels used as described in this book.
The Other Reality. Yes, they really do believe that all other countries are evil and inferior. They also have no qualms about destroying each and every one of us.
Please know that I was tear-gassed during Viet-Nam war protests and do not regret it. That said, this book should be read by every American and citizen of the free world. These people are dangerous. Adam Johnson has an important message for us and we should take it very seriously.
This book deserves the awards it received!
You know the phrase "Deep down inside", referring to someone who really is supposedly nice or loving, but just doesn't show it? Is the concept worth almost 400 pages? "Survivor in Death is devoted to, and has every conversation, about this ridiculous adolescent attitude.
The main character, Eve, is continuously reassuring herself or being reassured by others. And I mean CONTINUOUSLY. Now, just in case Eve (or J. D. Robb) didn't get it the first 300 times, I'd like to add: "You can do it, you are alright, just let it go, everybody knows you are a good person, DEEP DOWN INSIDE."
It's enough to make you nauseous after the first time, but every chapter? Come on J.D. have a heart for the reader too! Making them endure pages and pages, chapter after monotonous chapter, of contemplating and mulling and dwelling on Eve’s past, and present, and her pain, or her man, or psychiatrist, contemplating with her…
But then, thank goodness, Robb gives Eve a quick break for sex with the man who must be insane to even be there. And the pillow talk is about, what? Poor Eve. Poor Eve. We must protect poor Eve.
This could have been an intriguing story if only Robb had gone on with the story. But for all those hundreds of pages, no solid progress is made in the case for the readers to do some crime solving of their own.
First, what genre would it be? Possibly Romance Novels? In that case, yes. I am totally turned off from the genre of Romance Novels masquerading as Mystery Fiction. In this, I think Robb has a genre all of her own and I am very turned off by it.
I became certain of Robb's unique genre, when I had an unexpected wake-up call!
It happened right after starting Part 2.: I forgot to press ‘pause’ when I stopped listening (about a half-hour before). I put the earplugs in and prepared to rewind--- but I had not missed a thing! Eve was, again, dwelling on her damaged childhood, and the man who loved her anyway, and how wounded she was, and how to go on with life, and how strong she must be, and on and on and on.
Yes, readers, she was fine. She would be strong and fine. Fine. Deep Down Inside. Fine. Strong. OMG
I don't know who these people are who gave this book 5 stars. I'm perplexed. I guess we won't be best friends and that's ok.
She could have recommended editing Robb's redundancy, but that's not her job. She was fine.
If it weren’t for the narrator it would be unlistenable. She did well with the material given to her with passable accents and gender changes.
Readers, I am so hurt, so deeply wounded. I will never, ever, read this woman, J. D. Robb again. I now carry that with me. But I must be strong. I will, yes, WILL get past it. Yes, readers, I am all the more determined!
Deep down inside, I know I am strong. As long as others believe in me I can be strong for them too. I will not allow this book back into my life, or question whether this terrible experience will rule me! I will let only one man love me, and he alone will know me...
Oh. Sorry. I got carried away. It happens. But unlike J. D. Robb I did not get carried away for hundreds of pages, and then have the audacity to sell it.
I'm not sure who would enjoy a play-by-play of everything from what kind of tie a "non-character" wore, to changing a baby's diaper, to what the detective's wife (who the reader doesn't know from Eve) is doing at work. If one has a low tolerance for irrelevant filler this story will drive you mad. If filler is ok with you as long as it adds ambiance, this story will make you ill.
My mind needed a little refreshment so I'm listening to Lee Child's "The Hard Way.
Mr Guidall sounded like he had poorly fitted false teeth much of the time. He did a good job keeping the character's voices straight. If he does have false teeth, I will leave the subject to him and his dentist. If not, leave the whistling saliva voice out.
There were some very good ideas to form interesting stories around, but each died a slow, slooow death.
There are some authors who should not go anywhere with a tape recorder or dictation software. I think McGarrity is one. He seems to think that minutia is interesting and good writing. It's not. Giving the reader a short history lesson is ok to set the stage, or if it is relevant to the story; but to do it for passing scenery, roadside stops, and suburbs is just lazy filler.
The use of real historical figures being labeled as vampires! OK, it's historical fiction. But to take the lives of people who lived and fought for their beliefs, whether in hind sight we can judge them harshly, somehow embarrasses me for the author. How small minded of Grahame-Smith.
The North only won battles if they could kill vampires. No great generals there...
Those evil vampire led southerners would have never won a single battle against the north without Vampires. No dying for what they believed in...
The south was "breeding" slaves for easy vampire food... Where does this leave the northern slave "breeders"?
MOST EMBARRASSING: Grahame-Smith had the audacity of naming real senators and military leaders as Vampires! Including Jefferson Davis! WOW, wonder what his great grand-children think of that?
I find this all embarrassing for the author and personally as an American. If the author had bothered to think that the United States is NOT the only country in the world... If he were mature enough, this book should embarrass him in other countries where it is also being read. (He used REAL Americans!)
We Americans have skeletons in our combined closets. And slavery was a horrid lesson for all Americans. We can own that, without the excuse of the monsters among us.
As someone who actually paid this author for his immature U.S. history botching, I would like to personally apologize to all of the descendants of the real people named as vampires. Inexcusable.
I will never read another of Grahame-Smith's books. Unless it is an apology.
If the author does not get sued by the descendants of his named "Vampires", I will be surprised.
First- My daughter fought in Iraq and came back with PTSD. Now I really understand why.
I would not rank it high- It was educational and interesting, but way too intense for me.
I can't think of one. It was a story of young people burning alive and a war lived from day to day, that from the ground seemed futile.
The narrator was alright, but even in the happy moments he was very serious.
Too many, if by "moved" you mean sickened.
I gave it a decent rating, and it was a story worth knowing because the story is true. If it had been fiction it would have been a terrible story to purposefully impose on anyone. I am serious when I say that depressed people or soldiers with PTSD should not read it.
yes- I see some potential.
Yes, his writing is pretty good, but the characters were flat and there was no tension created between them. It was a good enough read to pass the time while traveling though.
Don't have one.
The political corruption angle wasn't unique in any way and I really did not get attached to any of the characters. It was an OK story, but not over 3 stars for me. The narrator started out pretty good, but I soon found that he was going to sound the same throughout the book, regardless of the situation. His voice did not lend itself to tension, which was sorely missing. Hard to tell if that was because of the writing or if he was a little bored while reading.
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