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 expected a story something along the lines of: a scientist discovers an error in the numbers, and the comet will not actually collide with earth; scientist does; police officer investigates claims by other concerned party that scientist was killed as a cover-up; world continues to devolve into anarchy; novel wraps up with a cliff-hanger where the news is publicized by rebels and we wait to find out what happens in third and final novel.
What I expected was a follow-up novel that expanded upon the initial premise. What I found was a forced story that had little to do with the main Antagonist (the Comet), and a novel populated by u memorable characters.
Verdict: a poor follow-up
Hugh Howey packs a lot into this little short story.
If you don't mind paying for an hour and a half story, GET IT, it is a 'fun listen' with an interesting premise.
Reminded me of a Phillip K. Dick story... always something 'just a little different'.
"Why We Die" shows the makings of a great writer, but one that is not quite there yet.
This is an earlier Herron novel.
"Why We Die" has moments of brilliance, but is more heavy-handed (and even slightly depressing) than his later works. I have thoroughly enjoyed other books by Herron, but this one lacks the effortlessness and prose (and lightheartedness) of the Slough House series. If you are new to Mick Herron, I suggest trying "Slow Horses" instead.
Bentinck did a fair job narrating most voices, with the exception of the Antagonist: a surly bruiser with an unstable temperment. Bentinck was unable to evince "scary", and instead made him sound like he had a speech impediment.
Slightly depressing story. Ok characters. Solid writing.
The narrator was good, except perhaps some of the female characters. However, an English narrator with occasional Scotch accents felt all wrong for this Scandinavian thriller.
Reads like an old German fairytale set in an authentic Germanic village (replete with artisans and laborers), but includes modern amenities such as cell phones.
Narrator was great, I think he really made the words come alive.
There is something really enjoyable about Mick Heron's writing style. I'm not sure if it is the story, the slow build, the slightly off-beat characterization, or something else...but I seem to be pulled into the story eventually, every time.
I was somewhat disappointed when this. One came to an end. I suppose I knew it had to happen, but I was no less surprised when it did happen.
Perhaps a sequel? Hollywood can do it, why not you? Hehehe😚
Perhaps it is the difference in times and cultures, but this book moves at a snail's pace, and the plot remains unclear after several hours.
As an avid listener to espionage novels, and classic lit.,... this one is a dud.
*It doesn't help that the narrator sounds like Yoda when performing the main character.
World War II, occupied Paris.
A film director navigates through twisting allegiances and desirable damsels to locate a path to survival.
Not great. Not bad.
A cathedral in Mediaeval England was highly honored, and would bring great importance to any city that had one.
Ken Follett did an admirable job of creating a world that revolves around a group of monks who ambitiously embark on building a new cathedral. The story also focuses on a few skilled builders, several Bishops (both good and bad), and the inevitable Royal Families that control the lands, and of course...the peasants.
Follett was fair-handed in his depiction of both the "devout" and the completely "corrupt" and both character-types were believable. It was a novel as sprawling as the cathedral itself, but was also very well-done.
Narration by John Lee was superb.
This is the second book in a new detective series by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
The first book "Cuckoo's Calling" was an enjoyable departure from Rowling's typical writing. It focused on a hard-luck detective who begrudgingly takes a case, only to break it open and find an interesting twist at the end.
The second book "Silkworm" follows the same main characters as they track down clues from a gruesome murder.
Rowling does a great job at continuing the character development of the main characters, but many other characters felt like cut-outs with a name. I found many of them similar and unmemorable, especially as they all ran in the same circles and held similar careers.
This shortage of viable characters in the suspect pool, certainly made it difficult for Rowling to create believable Red Herrings, and left me slightly let-down at the reveal.
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