I first learned of this book by hearing author Adam Goodheart interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air. My interest was immediately aroused, and I'm very glad I purchased "1861-The Civil War Awakening". To read this detailed account of the first year of the Civil War provided me with a fresh perspective. Adam Goodheart mentioned in his interview that he wished to shine a spotlight on the very beginning of a historic war, seeing parallels with 9/11. (In that what may be later viewed as a "natural unfolding of history" is, at the time, often chaotic and uncertain, and profoundly influenced by key individuals. A most colorful as well as eye-opening account, at least for history novices like myself.
Succinct, satisfying and solid.
This feels consistent in quality to Connelly's other crime novels. For some reason, Bosch seemed more accessible in this… perhaps because his energies were directed productively, not in locking horns with his coworkers.
Yes. I find his gravelly voice somewhat distracting - find myself somewhat short of breath hearing the effort forcing the voice beyond his chest. At the same time, I think he gives a good characterization of Bosch.
Actually, as these were short stories, I engaged more on an intellectual level than a visceral one. Connelly tends to build mood over time. Nevertheless, these moved quickly and concluded cleanly. I love how the care with which the author builds his narratives.
I felt this was well worth my time… I recommend it to anyone who wants hour-long entertainment - 3 of them, in fact.
Spectacular. Moving. Universal yet deeply personal.
What I liked the best was the author's profound empathy and rich portrayal of the characters.
Hobart won my heart - his humanity anchors the tale, and his friendship provides essential solace for storm-damaged souls. Hobie is the one who eloquently describes the path from psychic dislocation to some form of wholeness.
I would not think of renaming The Goldfinch.
I see that others' comments range from ecstatic to resentful. Some object to the wordiness and the philosophizing at the end. Although I felt it was dense and long, I trusted the author, Donna Tartt to navigate through the smoke, cinders, wastrel nights and haunted regrets. And I feel she more than came through. I have just re-listened to the last 45 minutes or so 3 or 4 times. I feel immensely moved by the sentiments expressed. To my way of thinking, the novel is a study of trauma. It expresses the profound disorientation and subsequent miscues that send people reeling in directions incomprehensible to onlookers. Three characters in particular - Theo, Borys and Pippa reveal just what different courses might be taken in the aftermath of unspeakable damage. That the moral compasses are skewed in two cases is the entire point. The book is written, I believe, for those who wrestle with alienation borne of early betrayal. Whether some readers judge the weaknesses of the protagonist and dismiss the book is besides the point. For those whom this book is written for, it's a treasure for a lifetime of reflection.
Yes, I'll listen to it again, to appreciate the construction of the tale and to assimilate the information about each character more thoroughly.
Don't wish to give anything away, but the last third of the book is fast-paced and exciting.
I enjoyed the denouement, when all the pieces fell together.
The narrator gives a pitch-perfect characterization of Harry Bosch and his colleagues. I would like to see him portray women more effectively - they sound rather stilted and mincing.
I will most certainly listen to this again - in fact, as soon as I finished it, I listened to the last hour for the sheer satisfaction of hearing the conclusion of the story all over again.
The plot is excellently paced, and fueled by sharp observations as well as action.
Adam Grupper was perfect for the narration - bringing a rough edge to Mickey Haller's voice as tension mounts, and a fine characterization of the other characters.
The book was perfect for me in that it was engaging enough to listen to for as much time as I had available at any given time, but satisfying enough to savor what I'd read and think over it when I had to stop.
This was my first legal thriller, and now I'm looking forward to checking out Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. Highly recommended.
No, but I sense I'd like the author as a person.
No, but I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys novels about the power of friendship among women, and who likes books of this genre. Likeable characters, no dark surprises, life-affirming messages and a happy enough ending, despite losses along the way.
The narration was skillful and heartfelt. I feel it complemented the story very well.
The general messages - forgiveness, integrity, autonomy are all positive messages. When characters are created to be very easy to relate to, they do become rather generic and plot-driven, to my way of thinking. I decided to try the book to read about forgiveness, and I felt supported re the story line.
Although I realized pretty early in the book that it was going to be one of a genre I don't generally read, I genuinely liked the characters, and listened to the book to the end. I was pleased that the author didn't sew things up as fully as some would have… although the prognosis was positive for each major character.
1493 is not intended to be "the last word" or even non-controversial, as best as I can understand. It's something even better -1493 is an invitation to become astonished, question and explore, formulating your own conclusions. Any attempts to make sense of history long gone needs to make inspired leaps of imagination. Charles Mann provides a sumptuous feast of discoveries about "The New World". As few records and even populations remain, we need everyone's active engagement, teasing out possibilities. I love how it has captured my full attention. I care more about how the Columbian Exchange reshaped the planet and its civilizations, and have a far better understanding of the massive implications for our planet today.
I appreciate Charles Mann's scholarship and profound caring about those who came before us and the concerns we face now.
This is the first of Robertson Dean's performances I've heard, and I like it.
I listened to 1491 prior to this. Every bit as compelling, and just as highly recommended.
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