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I was really excited to start learning about the founding of the modern state of Israel, but this book contains so many anecdotes and detailed events that I got lost in the woods, and could not see the forest. Too many details to see the overall picture....perhaps my ignorance of many of the persons and villages named hampered my understanding....but I cannot help but think that an educated, well-read person like myself should have done better if the material had only been presented better....more information about the "big picture" and less about the little one. I can summarize this long audio in a few words...beginning in the 19th century, certain Jewish persons decided that there had to be a homeland for the Jews, that it had to be in the middle east, and following that decision a trinkle then a flood of Jews went there as they were able....after WWII the British had had enough of the middle east and its miseries, so they got out...and because of machinations and luck on the part of the Jews and several major blunders by the Arabs, who were disunited, the Jews were able to proclaim and defend their new homeland, Israel. Now, I knew that before I listened to the audio....and the only new knowledge I gained was that lots of people on both sides in many small battles killed each other...too many details are given that may be valuable to anyone who was there or who knew the participants, but for me, I would have preferred the book to be more coherent somehow.
Detective Kurt Wallander is no super sleuth/hero....he is very believable as a careful investigator who has intuitive good sense and proceeds methodically to solve two murders that are strange and bewildering.
For those of you who have read Wallander books previously, as I have, this is one of the best that I have read.
Dick Hill does an excellent job, as always he does, reading/performing the book.
A really really good book....the reader/listener travels with a small group of Western women who are captured by the Japanese in World War II. The Japanese do not want the women...they do not really want to harm them, but they also do not want to be bothered with putting them in a camp and feeding and taking care of them....so they send the women and children from one place to another, on foot with guards...eventually with only one guard as the women seem to be no threat and the soldiers are needed for fighting. As the women walk here and there, wandering over miles of punishing environment, many die of harsh conditions.
But the war ends, and....the miserable and deadly walk leads to romance....against the odds, as they say, a miracle of sorts happens...love comes out of misery....and just so you know, the book has a happy ending. It is a good narrative, a satisfying story, and the performance of Neil Hunt as he reads the story and acts out the voices is very satisfying...
Best of all, to use a cliche which really does apply, there is never a boring moment.
Holds you like glue to the very last page.....I have read all the Jack Reacher novels, I think, and this one is the best. At times you are not really sure who the bad guys are....and while the main plot rushes on, Reacher constantly remembers events from the past when an investigation went wrong....and it turns out that the newest problem will help rectify the previous fouled up investigation provided Reacher can overcome the crook that bested him earlier...The narration is very very good....the narrator gets the pacing and the accents and the emotions exactly right....
In post-soviet Russia, nothing is what it seems...or is it? One thing that is clear and certain is that murder has taken no leave from the society....Arkady Renko finds himself trying to find a killer...or killers...and as usual the odds seem not in his favor. This novel is a fast-paced and satisfying mystery with an ending that fits the overall story...I liked Gorky Park better, but I was glad to visit Renko again....
Do you know what you don't know about Dickens, Twain and Shakespeare? Well, probably not....but I do! There is a lot! I have taught American and British lit for 30 years and read them much longer and I found that Elliot Engel informed me of a lot of stuff I did not know about these literary figures....and it was FUN!!! Odd facts such as the fact that Dickens invented the paperback book....and the cliff-hanger....and that he earned more money in his life than any other writer in history....and other stuff you will not find in the typical book on writers. Along with the info on the writers come samples from their works: some of Shakespeare's sonnets and part of King Lear and part of Dickens' David Copperfield. This is a very entertaining and humorous look at three of the greats from our past....fun, not boring.
As a 16-year old who takes a break from school to check out NY City, Reacher finds that his street-fighting skills learned at marine bases around the world are handy in the Big Apple. He meets some unsavory bad guys who menace a young lady and he encounters a killer who is blasting young couples who are sitting in their cars in the dark having a bit of romance...blasting them with a high-power pistol while they sit kissing or chatting. Reacher has bad news for all the bad guys...it is the beginning of his life of evening the odds and showing bad guys that there is someone on the side of right who is also bad, but for the right reasons.
A sure sign of a good audiobook is one that you do not want to stop listening to. This is the first Wallander audio for me but not the last. I already have bought more, having enjoyed this one so much. It is a good mystery with interesting characters and a plot that satisfies. What else do you want....oh, the narration is quite good also. Unlike some mysteries and thrillers, the plots in these four stories are actually believable...the characters seem like real people and the events are quite possible....no out-of-this world action....just a good story.
It was nice to read a Reacher novel that was somewhat different. You see a slightly different version of the man, and I enjoyed it. I have liked a dozen of the books so far, and it was good to have a change of pace, since all of the books have a similar plot and you know who Reacher is after four or five books....so this was a fresh wind in the storm.
Written by a retired CIA operative, this book sounds realistic and it is a book that grabs the reader on the first page and does not let go. I first read the print version a year ago, and now I am listening to the audio. My only regret.....Matthews has only written one book! His next one is due out in 2015 I think. I hate to wait! Seriously! For those who want to know...yes, Red Sparrow has sex and violence. But the s&v fit the story....they are not just thrown in to fill some pages with vulgarity.
Pessimistic, negative, not funny, vulgar, and not entertaining. Need I say more? I was looking for laughs, for humor....did not find any.
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