I learned so much from this book. But it wasn't enjoyable. It isn't particularly well organized. Perhaps it would be better to read it.
I agree with most of the reviewers the book was well written and narrated. But I found myself genuinely NOT liking the characters.
Author and narrator both did a great job. I loved the character in both his youth and as a crotchety old man.
I loved this author when reading the books. But the narrator is very difficult to listen to. My children for whom I selected the book, could not follow the story and soon lost interest.
This is the most amazing book I have listened to to date. The book on its own is a masterpiece of storytelling and prose. And the narrator's voice lends it the final touches. If you haven't already, try A Thousand Splendid Suns. I don't know if I have ever had the pleasure of being enraptured by two great books in two months time. But the two together are amazing.
This book will haunt you. While you aren't listening you will be thinking about the characters. When you are listening you will be greedy with each minute and hate when the book ends. It is just a special book, that blooms inside you as the characters come alive. Different from Hossein's first book, told through the eyes of women. I may just have to listen to it again.
While virulently anti-Bush, and tainted with his own legacy of pork spending, Byrd does a great job of walking you through recent history from a Senatorial perspective. At the same time he brings to the forefront lessons forgotten from our civics classes, how the Legislative and Executive branches of government were intended to work, and how we are losing that through our own neglect, vote pandering of candidates, special interests, and power grabbing at the executive level that is not just laid at the feet of Bush 43. The only reason this is not a 5 star book is Byrd's sometimes hyperbolic attacks on GWB.
While long, this book is so well organized and thoroughly researched I never felt overwhelmed by its length. Unlike the other reviewer I don't think B. Bradley spent an overt amount of time bashing Bush. What he did do was give a brilliant overview of the history (3rd section) of the Republican party both good and bad. He talks about the overall politcal process and where it has worked and where it has gone astray from both partys' perspectives. But in the end this book is not about political parties. It is about us, Americans, our future. Having listened to it, I now want a hard copy for my shelves. It is just a great book.
Some books just lend themselves to listening. Liberating Paris is just such a book. Laugh out loud funny - it is doubly so through the narrator's use of accent and inflection. The characters were multi dimensional, their weaknesses and moments of nobility clearly visible. You cannot help but love and weep for each one of them. Weeks later I can summon up some of the quotes and chuckle to myself or shake my head. I just loved this book.
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