The Comparisons between "Belmont" the more advantaged and successful fictional town and the more downbeat lifestyles of "Fishtown" were a good method of explaining how our country is growing more divided.
Burns is a great narrator and helps make the content easy to absorb. What is most upsetting about the America Murray portrays is that it is a natural evolution of the things we have always valued, like the role of education in pulling Americans apart.
having the lives we always wanted is tearing America apart
Alas to truly understand this book you probably should be consulting a hard copy. There are lots of statistics which are hard to keep in your mind as the narration moves along. Murray's theories are interesting and there does not seem to be a political bias behind them because he is a libertarian.I didn't think I would agree with the premises in this book but it is hard to disagree with the two Americas and how we got here that Murray reveals.
This is a story we all know about Henry, Catherine, Ann, Thomas More and Wolsey. But now we see it through different eyes - those of Thomas Cromwell, a man with a hard scrabble youth who becomes counselor to a king. In a bygone world we often see in black-and-white there seem to be a lot of grays in this telling.
This story of a mind unraveling is all the more tragic because of the intellect destroyed . Fear of dementia increases with age so it is useful To know how it manifests itself. Sometimes this book is hard to get through because of the sad demise of its heroine. But it is worth the journey.
Sometimes we don't really know the people we love. And the blurry memories of the alcoholic heroine only add to the mystery. A great book for anyone who's ever watched other peoples lives from a train and that's probably just about everyone.
As an audio experience it was a little confusing because I never know when one story ended and another began. all in all a fascinating look at the impact of war before during and after.
What has happened to our "hero" Harry Hole? Never a matinee idol, a current description of Harry is starting to sound like an introduction to a monster. A towering 6'4"' Harry's face now has more scars than a plastic surgery ward.
And when I first started listening in on the Hole saga, there was humorous cultural commentary woven throughout the unfolding story. Lately following Harry is a dark, sometimes tedious, journey into the worst of human nature with no comic relief.
Harry is constantly physically attacked, piling on more scar tissue as he goes. You can just imagine Nesbo wreaking his revenge on his signature character and defining a love - hate relationship.
And at the end of this book, you may wonder if we have seen the last of our old pal Harry. Certainly, it seems, any chance he ever had of personal happiness is doomed. I don't know if I will tune into his next chapter.
Jo Nesbo, lighten up and show your guy Harry a little love!
Solid comprehensive timely
Hayes skillfully reviews the unraveling of every major institution in the recent past.
His description of the Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests over decades was especially revealing.
It's how we got here.
Hayes narrates his book well. And while the book outlines the current state of our lives, I wish there were more solutions for our future were offered. Maybe that is his next book!
The use of two narrators - both of whom did an excellent job - made the book more enjoyable.
I cant really compare it to any other book I have read or listened to recently. If I had to describe it I might call it a marriage version of War and Peace.
Julia and Kirby were great voices...they gave the characters personalities that were at times very identifiable and at other times totally repellant. They brought the book to life for me and I am sure all the other listeners.
The book was very compelling. It kept you wanting to listen to more to see how it would all work out.
My biggest complaint about the book was its ending, which of course is the hardest part of bringing together any set of plot lines. Maybe the ending was more realistic but I would have preferred something more in keeping with the twists that constantly unraveled in the story itself.
These were great short stories about one of my favorite fictional detectives. Very enjoyable. I can't wait til the next Harry Bosch book comes out. I also recommend The Drop.
I didnt expect to like this book ... bought it mostly to find out what the fuss was all about since it was a runaway best seller.
And I thought I couldn't get any more insight into the civil rights struggle, but I was wrong.
I found the story and the tone very evocative of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
The characters were memorable and there was plenty of dramatic tension.
I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.
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