I listened to this a few weeks ago, on the recommendation of a speaker whose opinion I respect.
The autobiography is about a small town preacher who follows the holy spirits urging (os so we must assume) and follows that urging to New York city. After some humiliating attempts to ensconce himself in a public trial, and bring the testimony of Jesus Christ to some murdering gang members, he eventually moves to the Big City. He starts to actually help lost children find meaning and purpose, and for some he helps to find God.
Often times the tone of the book struck me as holier-than-thou, or of a false humility, but I hesitate somewhat to say that, because I may be wrong. What he actually did was brave, and certainly much needed. His wife and child(ren) were so secondary while all this was happening that I wondered about his priorities a little bit, but put it down as secondary to the story he was relating.
I actually learned a lot about heroin addiction from this book, and how rare it is for someone to conquer this particular habit, so strong is it. I am glad I read it, but would not like to do it again. somewhat dated in feeling, I think this took place in the 50's or 60's.
I appreciate the effort, but it smacked of a sophomoric effort. The story was slow to warm up, and when it did, I was't sure if it was geared for Science/Thriller fans, or PA fans, but suspect that neither will be truly happy.
Every bit as serious as the original.
Hartley and Hewson have created a modern rendition of Hamlet that is eloquent and faithful to the original, albeit with a more novel feel.
Richard Ermitage was the perfect reader for Hamlet (I laughed, I cried, I despised).
Highly recommended to people who want to read Shakespeare, without the play format.
If you have a couple hours to kill and are looking for a taut thriller, try this one.
It is an arctic chiller. It is tightly woven, and wraps-up nicely. Slightly dated, but on the polar ice-cap, trust me, no one cares.
Crime Noir makes a re-appearance.
Hard Boiled detective (named Harry?) no, Cormoran Strike, is a down-on-his-luck, but good-at-his-job Private Dick. The story starts exactly at the right time, and moves at a steady clip, with fine writing, and atmosphere.
Its just the kind of detective story we all want to hear, but the current lot of hack writers seems incapable of writing.
Why is this writer famous? I suspect it is because the movie made him look very good.
If you liked the movie, stop there. Save your time and money. Seriously.
The book was long and boring. But the love story was the worst! I sighed 'audibly' whenever the main character and the leading-lady (who was kidnapped by the main character) gushed how much they loved each other. They found a deep and sincere love (between two people who just met, and one of them has no idea who he is). Really, it's exactly that ridiculous.
And Bourne's mysterious background...It isn't nearly as interesting as the movie, mostly because it takes about 15 hours to get to the crux of the matter. That part might have been more interesting if I had not already seen the movie! But, as I said, I saw the movie.
Narration was Scott Brick. Did not help much.
Have you ever read the Book of Job?
In the Book of Job, Lucifer approaches God and tells him that he has been to and fro across the entire world, and basically states that everyone in the world is a sinner and deserves to go to hell (paraphrase).
God replies by asking Lucifer if he has seen his servant Job. Satan responds that Job is only good, because of all the good things God has blessed him with. "take away all those good things, and Job will curse God". And thus begins the memorable story of Job's testing by Satan, God's protection, and the ultimate blessing on Job for his faith in God.
In Job, the reader is given a rare glimpse into some Heavenly workings, such as: what the armies of Heaven can be like, the Throne Room of God, Temptation from spiritual forces, and how God responds to rebel angels, and etc...
Milton, in his book Paradise Lost, has taken the same approach in story-telling to show how Satan led one-third of the angels of Heaven in an attempt to usurp the throne of God for their own glory, God's reprisal, and later how the Fallen sought to disrupt God's creation(s).
Although published in 1667, 'Paradise Lost' carries the power of religious truth that is still relevant today. The language, however, can present problems for modern ears. Milton seems to especially love to use words like: adamantine, obdurate, importune, and etc... Milton was obviously creating high-poetry on par with his subject, though sometimes it can feel almost too lofty to be attainable. The imagery, if patient, can be striking and profound, when Milton's voice is not so present.
Anton Lesser does a fine job of speaking life into the words without seeming artificial (though occasionally it can take on the tone of a Shakesperian play).
I would recommend this as an important listen, if you are in the right state of mind for such epic imagery (and sometimes tiring vocabulary).
Seth Godin brings insight into the dilemma that modern Marketing is confronting. It may sound uninteresting, but it is fascinating to see the inner workings of such a subtle, and sometime subliminal profession.
What is it? How it is changing? and, How it is changing us? How does the Internet and Globalism affect how we perceive wealth, and purchase things? These are some of the questions Godin explores.
The book is really about 'how marketing affects our daily lives. It is about the way we see ourselves, and about how we want others to see us, and how often this is influenced by advertising'. It is about how the Internet and Globalism have created niche markets, rather than the "mass" markets that we have grown up with (for example: the major syndicates nbc, abc, cbs used to dominate the airwaves, now we have thousands of channels to chose from... and not one that everyone will talk about at the water-cooler the next day, except perhaps the Superbowl). This change, makes it hard for marketers, to know how to reach a growing and ever-differing modern audience.
There are moments of brilliance, but I think overall, Godin makes a critical mistake by using the word "weird". Marketing by definition is: " the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.".
By using the word "weird' so often, Godin makes it hard for the listener to embrace his arguments, which are often worth listening to. Godin could have used a word such as "unique" or "a-typical" to describe groups outside of the "norm". Instead he essentially calls us to embrace being "weird" and completely ignores the stigma that might prevent people from doing so. I mostly agree with his thesis, and think he brings forth many good points in a short, easy to listen-to book.
* another minor gripe I have is when Godin introduces his political leanings. Although you can guess what they might be, you will see that they add nothing to the content of this book. I chose to ignore them altogether for the sake of the hearing his thoughts about marketing and the changing audiences.
If you don't mind using a credit, or paying current price of $7 theres pretty good info (if concise) on the subject of Body Language.
(sing with me ...REM)
"its the end of the world as we know it..."
The comet is coming, the comet is coming!
A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.
I would not recommend reading "Elmer Gantry", unless you desire bad feelings for the church (a church from about 100 years ago!).
Elmer Gantry is the original "snake-oil" salesman, and the Anti-Hero of this story.
The book chronicles his upbringing as a bully, his disgraces throughout seminary, and his later 'smooth' rise to the pinnacles of evangelical preaching. Written in 1926, Elmer Gantry echoes many sentiments we now associate with that time period: apple pie and ice cream socials, fear of “Communist Sympathizers”, racism, and (of course) loud and sanctimonious “Revival Preachers”.
Sinclair hammers the reader over the head with the notion that all pastors (save but one or two cardboard cut-out characters) are immoral, liars, thieves, athiests, or all of the above. He brings up important points about the hypocrisy of "Professional Good Men", but I wondered often what he was actually trying to say. (?)
The morals of the story seemed to be: All pastors are hypocrites; Religion is laughable: All religions have good points if not taken seriously; The congregation of a church is mostly made up of dumb sheep; and etc...
Verdict: skip it.
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