Laugh, Learn, Africa
This book reminded me of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" because it was autobiographical, factual, interesting, captivation and so funny I laughed out loud in almost every chapter.
My favorite character was the author, Peter Allison.
No, not in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, it was great listening and I was always anxious to get back to it, but the chapters were complete stories in themselves and I knew that if I only had an hour or so, I would be able to come away satisfied.
Yes. Many twists and turns and some things left unresolved. Who did kill Violet Turner?
It made me angry. But it also made me glad that I don't live in the deep south.
Great story. When it started off, I thought it was going to be a predictable saga of racial injustice. That was part of the plot/message, but it was so much more. If you give the book 20 minutes, you'll be hooked!
I would listen to Heft again because that is exactly what I wanted to do when I finished it this afternoon. It was so rich and insightful. Now that I know the ending, I will relax and enjoy it more the second time around, instead of being impatient to find out what was going to happen.
Rather than a book, I kept thinking of the Beatles's song, Eleanor Rigby, and the tragedy of being lonely. How many Arthurs, Charlenes and Kels are out there, just beyond reach?
I loved the ponderous delivery for Arthur. You could see him and feel him and know him. I don't know which performer read which role. Kel sounded young and insecure and believable. But Arthur was amazing!
I enjoyed Heft from the first moment until the last, only wishing it would go on a bit longer so I could stay for dinner. I've been in the presence of two massive men in my life and was afraid to look at them as closely as I wanted. Heft let me look, ponder, see, and know Arthur. It is a treasure.
No. Once was enough. But I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I wish I understood more about the secret societies functioning in Europe at the time. Were they a 19th century version of the Mafia? This is the first book I've read that alluded to such organizations.
Any scene the Count was in.
No. I used to to put myself to sleep at night.
I wanted more information about the relationship between Laura's father and the Baronet and why he was so set on having his daughter marry the man.
Yes, the characters came alive for me and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different Australian accents and characters.
My favorite character was Cecilia Fitzpatrick, because I could identify with her and her quest to be the perfect wife and mother.
The Australian accents brought the setting alive. This book could have been set in New York or Orange County, CA, but it was set in Sydney, for the most part, and I would not have enjoyed the local flavor nearly so much without the Aussie overtones.
Yes. I usually listen to audio books while I exercise or clean the house. I feel very fit and the floors are sparkling!
This book makes you realize that you never really know anything, and yet you make life altering decisions based on "facts" that may be erroneous. How many times have I made the same mistakes as most of the characters in this book?
I listened to the book, and at no time wished for a hard copy. The performance was superb. I had no trouble visualizing the characters, the setting or the plot. It was a long book, but I wanted it to keep going.
One of the most memorable moments was in Amsterdam, when "Potter" gets the painting back, sort of.
My favorite scene was in the museum the first time Theo sees Pippa and falls in love.
Boris was the most memorable character because he never did what I thought he was going to do. Constant entertainment!
If you can only listen to one book this year, choose The Goldfinch. You will learn about art, history, antiques, drugs and sailing, to name a few. You will also hear one of the best stories of your life.
Yes, especially if there were teenagers in the house on a rainy day.
The Prince and the Pauper.
This was my first.
No. But then I usually listen during other activities, walking, cooking, cleaning.
Great book for the coming of age set. I was surprised to discover who the real prince was. Perfect set up for the sequels.
The Nonesuch was written in the style of Jane Austin, but without the subtleties and well developed plots and sub-plots. Would not try another by Heyer, if it's a period piece.
Yes. Great information and a logical, scientific, presentation. I learned so much about family members I didn't understand at all. Anyone who is quiet and/or introverted or who has a friend or family member with those qualities will benefit from this book.
The new perspective I gained that helps me to understand my husband and my son.
It made me angry that I didn't have this information 30 years ago when I was a young wife and mother. It could have made everyone's lives a lot easier.
After reading Quiet, I'm much less worried about my family. As an extrovert, from a large family of extroverts, I kept looking for ways to "mainstream" my quiet family members by putting them into loud group situations where I hoped they would gain a comfort level. Now I know that their natures are hard wired and normal. Explains why sending my son to his room never worked as a punishment. Wish I read this book in 1982!
Excellent historical novel.
Insight into how a "see-er" unraveled the patterns of the times.
Because of all the unfamiliar names, places and terminology, Hild was not the best candidate for an audio book. I wanted to see a reference map for 7th century Great Britain so I could understand where the various kingdoms were. I needed a glossary for all the unusual terms, and a genealogy chart would have been helpful, too. I wanted to page back to look at names, and couldn't do it. The story was lovely, engaging, well written and well read - but I think I would have enjoyed an e-book or hard cover edition of Hild much more than an audio rendition.
The first thing I did when I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain was contact the friend who recommended it to thank her. The second thing I did was start listening to it again. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to break the emotional connection I felt with Enzo.
Enzo, the dog, was my favorite character. I was jolted by his observations and perspectives and they made me reevaluate my own. He was wise and innocent at the same time. I could empathize with his frustration at not being able to communicate with those he loved.
My favorite scene was when Enzo was in the race car with Denny. The pure joy of it made me want to drive a race car, something I have never even considered doing.
This book is pure joy with a bit of sadness and strife thrown in for spice. Enjoy it, then tell everyone you love to read/listen to it, too. The shared experience will bring you closer to those you love.
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