Engaging, authentic, inspiring
Lynn Austen's books relating to the Civil War have a Gone With the Wind flavor with a heroine you can admire. Her rich detail comes from thorough research that gives this inspiring story and its characters their depth.
Christina Moore always brings the emotion and color that adds so much meaning to the story. Her ability to develop each character with a unique vocal style is the basis of that color.
Once I've been drawn into one of Austen's stories, I just want to stay in it to see how the characters will grow and develop their faith.
I think Austen always finds a perfect balance between a message of faith and an engaging example of historical fiction.
I've been a huge Lynn Austin fan. The authenticity, solid research, and strong foundation in faith make her novels standouts among my other listens. I really appreciated her thoughtful portrayal of the post-Civil War experiences and the struggle of the genteel southerners to accept and move-on.
Ms. Austin's characters are always extremely well developed. The characters who carry the message of faith are realistic and have struggled with the same issues as the characters attempting to make it through life without that solid faith. I love her strong female characters. They are always strong and challenged in believable ways.
I think Josephine's bravery and willingness to find a way to get a message to the government agent was a very compelling scene.
I would really like to meet Lizzie and Eli to hear firsthand of their struggles and challenges.
I did my best to read Lynn Austin's books in historical order. They provide an excellent opportunity to experience the events that shaped our lives today.
In his own voice and words, President Clinton does an excellent job of providing the history and mechanics of our current economic problems and offers some very clear insights into our current political standoff. His tone is conversational and he obviously did some very thorough research. He has no trouble assigning responsibility, whether with the Republicans or Democrats. It is a very thorough, balanced, insightful discussion of our deep, economic mess, and he offers some very practical and clear solutions for getting us back on a healthy economic track.
The President's candor and humor helped to make a potentially dry subject very informative and interesting. He's as clear about his own missteps as he is about those occurring today.
President Clinton's discussion was like a conversation. He has an excellent grasp of his subject and presents it in a clear, relaxed manner. It never sounds forced or heavily scripted even though he is reading the material.
I found it helpful to listen in smaller segments. There was a tremendous amount of factual information, and I may even listen again and take some notes. This is important information.
Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, you will gain valuable information for understanding where we are, how we got here, and how we can get ourselves out of the horrible economic and political hole we're in. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to truly understand how we went from a thriving economy with a surplus and functional Congress to the debt-ridden and confrontational state we're in today. This should be required reading for every voter before the next election.
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