The logical reasoning to understandable conclusions based on reliable economics
The hope it provides that we can kick start this economy if only we can develop the political will.
no. There were a few funny parts describing the shenanigans of certain politicians.
This will make tea partiers nuts with anger.
I saw Mr. Grisham on "Morning Joe" and I caught a few of the ads for this book. I needed some good laughs so I used a credit and got it. Unfortunately, Noel Coward it is not. There are some chuckles and mild amusement but more of a picket line than an actual laugh riot.
What this book does do is tell a hero story in the context of law practice down where the rubber meets the road. It is an environment where judges grant delays until a client pays up, and lawyers find ways to cruise hospitals or run to the noise of an accident in their quest for clients. In a way the title is itself a bit misleading for none of the principals is actually a litigator in the sense that they try cases. Rather, they are negotiators seeking to get the best deal for their clients because that is the best deal for them. Greed and altruism are also in the mix of motivations that propel the law firm of Finley & Figg into disaster and beyond. "And there's a happy ending, of course." Not a bad listen.
I love audiobooks but had to struggle to finish this one. About halfway through it became very gee gosh golly gosh about how tough everyone was and the descriptions got weak and cliched. The reading was good, but nothing could save this from the poor writing. Baldacci should take a break and get back in touch with his creative side.
A tropical setting, lush writing and expressive reading combine to the point that one could forget he was listening to a narration and actually "see" the story unfold in his mind's eye.
I am a white-knuckle flyer who desperately needs a distraction while in the air, but who gets a headache when he tries to read. This gem of a book and its narration by a talented actor of the highest caliber gave me flight without fear. I got so engrossed in the story that the thunk of retracting/deploying landing gear, the bumps of clear air turbulence and the whine of revving engines faded into the background of my consciousness. After my arrival at the Thanksgiving gathering I probably did not spend as much time with my dear in-laws as I should have because I kept trekking back to the guest room to listen to what would happen next. I agree with those who appreciate Mr. Herrmann's voicings which for me required no more than the usual suspension of disbelief in my theater of the mind. Once this was accomplished the story flowed seamlessly from beginning to end. Mr. Herrmann has on occassion expressed his concern about being typecast as a comic actor. I can see why, for some of the scenes he portrayed caused me to laugh out loud (much to the consternation of those around me.) There was a contextual problem in voicing this book which made it almost impossible for the narrator to avoid giving away one of the surprises in advance, but it was more of an "Aha, I knew it!" than a spoiler. For me this audio was a bargain even at the premium price. I wish you all the happy and satisfying listening experience that I believe this audio will provide.
This is a decent listen. Once I had started I kept going back to hear more even when it was not so convenient. Some strange anomalies such as space travel and tape recorders in 2050 were a little offputting. But this sort of thing fits into the "Where is my flying car?" category of criticism. The crux of this novel is a moral dilemma forced on a Jesuit priest.
There is no evidence to suggest that James Blish published this work himself. The novel is knowledgeably critical of the RC church, but no more than of mankind as a whole. The ending is anticlimactic in that while a world is destroyed, nothing is really settled. If you are interested in an off-the-wall take on original sin, the fall, and salvation as viewed by a writer-scientist of the mid-twentieth century this would be just your meat.
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