I've been a Liberal since I came of age and shook off my midwest Republican upbringing. It began with hating Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford for pardoning him. I loathe Cheney and Rumsfeld who began their political rise with Ford. Yet here's a book that made me actually understand and even admire Ford. Nixon, Cheney and Rumsfeld I am still quite disgusted by of course, but the respect that the author had for Ford was contagious and that is a compliment to his writing. If you still have anger with those Watergate/Vietnam war days, this book is a healthy reflection.
Sorry, I have a 12 year old with more imagination and writing skills. I turned it off at the end of chapter 3.
Best book of the season. Mr Hosseini is a jewel of a novelist. Absolute must listen or read!!
Although I saw the ending coming from a mile away, I still really enjoyed what the author put into this book. Very perceptive, deep and creative.
I have great respect for Michael Chabon's intellect, I have to stretch my mental muscles to keep up and that can take away from enjoying his storytelling. I was here in Berkeley, frequenting the renown Telegraph Ave before, during and after the time frame of this story and I was a bit surprised by how fictional he made the setting. It is a street with much personal history for many of us, and he could have drawn on more of the culture even though that seemed to be part of his agenda. Probably a desire for more local nostalgia I was hoping to find.
The reader's performance was smooth and although I couldn't always keep the characters separated, it was done very well.
This is the 3rd book I've listen to pretending to be from a dog's viewpoint. Observing, philosophizing, making jokes (and in this case the dog has auto racing insights) and I just couldn't take it anymore. The book is so glowingly reviewed that I think there must be something wrong with me. Maybe if I come back as a dog in my next life I'll understand. Or maybe the author purposely dumbed himself down to personify a dog.
Not as compelling as the Worst Hard Times, but still a nice study in our ability to be a more responsible society that appreciates our natural resources. I find almost everything Teddy Roosevelt does to be inspiring. Full of interesting reporting of characters and heroes during the early 20th century.
I enjoyed the way the author brought out overlooked and forgotten details and persons leading up to the civil war. Ultimately it was all about a country that needed to move forward out it's own shame of slavery. How is it that disgusting evil can be so tenacious? As I grow older I am amazed at how short 150 years really is and I hope this country continues to move forward though I doubt we will ever experience such a social giant step as we did then. And yes it is a reminder of the greatness of Lincoln and leaves me wondering about the shallowness of modern day republicans,
I wish it were more mystical, I mean, you see everything coming at you, the love interest, the secrets, the family background. Perhaps it was written for a younger audience.
I think you are a brilliant storyteller and writer Mr Irving, but get on with the story because your rambling on with Owen just got on my nerves. Sorry, I just shut it off with a loooong breakdown during the Christmas play rehearsals and the importance of details of baby Jesus or angels or whatever... It felt like empty filler paper.
This story contains nerve grinding realism of the brutal existence in North Korea that I have not read anywhere else. It is immediately entertaining and yet so challenging to persevere. The main character is both inspiring and upon occasion, despicable. Hats off to this author. If this is not the masterpiece of his life, I look forward to anything else he writes. Not a book for everyone yet a very rewarding experience to anyone who can brave though it. To my father- a wounded veteran of the Korean War- I now take pride in the importance your fighting and wish it could have prevented the terrible totalitarian government that now rules there.
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