Good story, but too much of the mystery unravelled at the end and it was difficult to follow all of the pieces.
I am a political junky. I read a lot of political books and watch CNN, Fox News & MSNBC. This tone of this book is UGLY. Mr Lofgren pines for the days of a more liberal-minded and soft-spoken Republican party. I also would like to see more progress among the two parties. However, there is a political reality that our country is at a point in its history where one of the parties has to start taking some fiscal responsibility or we will be in major peril. This desire by the public and some in the Republican party has caused quite a bit of friction... and unfortunately has also resulted in stark partisanship when compared with what Mr. Lofgren may call the "good ole days". The fact is that in the "good ole days" of President Reagan; Democrats and Republicans alike were making deals that the American public simply could not afford. These deals seemed to continue into the GH Bush Presidency and the start of the Clinton Presidency. Finally, Newt Gingrich created the Contract with America and started putting a halt to the out of control spending to bring about a few budget surplus years. Mr Lofgren has made it very clear that he despises Newt's form of statesmanship and would prefer a more compliant Republican party.
I am normally okay reading political opinions that disagree with my own. Even though I don't always agree after I have read opposing views; I normally feel like I have learned something. However, Mike Lofgren's tone is quite derogatory and childish in this book. The book is filled with personal opinions supported by exaggeration and fabrication. Lofgren uses playground epithets to simply make fun of people he does not agree with. Because of this tenor, I could not get past chapter 5 of this book before I had to stop.
If you are a Democrat and want to feed your mind with more "red meat" to fight Republicans, this is probably going to reinforce any views you have. If you are an establishment Republican, you may also find solice in these views. If you lean Libertarian, Intellectual or Independent in your views, you should not waste your time with this purchase. Almost any other political book would be a better investment of your time.
When I listen to an audible book, I am either driving or walking as I listen. It was hard for me to follow this story and all of its characters in an audible fashion. The fact that the language was also much different from US English made it even harder. For instance, one of the key characters is a FISCAL. I have no idea what a FISCAL is... but by the end of the book gathered that it must be similar to a Mayor. It was also hard for me to get oriented to the setting. I think that the author must have assumed that the reader would be familiar with the UK so they gave little introduction to the broader world for us uninformed American readers. I liked the accent of the reader, but it was difficult to comprehend much difference for different characters which probably added to my confusion as I listened. I don't want to go into much detail about the story... but I also did not like the ending as I like to try to solve mysteries myself as I read the story... but this book did not seem to give hints to solve the story yourself.
This main character has the ability to change the world with his dreams. The way the book started off was quite intriguing. However, the progression of the story and the way the book ended was disappointing.
I had just listened to Sycamore Row by John Grisham and thought that this would be a similarly suspenseful novel. I was disappointed. At first I was confused between the two characters of Lila (mom) and Lucy (daughter). The author may have helped by picking two names that were not so similar. The story is being told with two different time frames in parallel. I was also disappointed with the ending although I cannot give it away. There was not one character that I felt was an actual hero in this story. They all just lacked a certain degree of backbone.
This was a great plot and story-line. I don't want to give all of this away to the prospective reader. However, there were some ridiculously unbelievable events that happened in the story that just wrecked any attempt at realism. If you can ignore these items, you will enjoy the book.
I learned a great deal while listening to Team of Rivals. However, there were so many characters and events that it was hard to take it all in with one book. It is interesting how we all learn about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in school; but this book really did highlight some details that you will never learn from your k-12 classroom. You will learn the details of how the civil war started; you will get a sense of the Republican primary and how Lincoln got the nomination against many odds. Quite different than today's primary elections. And you get a great sense of how Abraham Lincoln changed while in office. This is not talked about in most history books. It is great to contrast the Presidency then to now and see how so many current presidents could do so much better if they would take Lincoln's lead.
I have loved CS Lewis's books. I love his writing style, his intellect and even his radio voice. However, I was lost listening to the story of Perelandra. I am guessing that it may have helped if I had first listened to Malacandra this story would have made more sense. I did get the parallel with Adam & Eve... but really felt lost about most of the rest of the story. The descriptions of the scenes were quite vivid; but the story/plot were lacking in my opinion.
I guess I should have paid closer attention to the other reviews on this site. The book gave me two things that could have been included in a pamphlet: 1) Put one thing in the "box"; and 2) List your past competencies and passions. The author claims that he put a J in the box instead of a $. Life decisions are not this black and white. As a Christian, I am guessing that Bob Buford already had a J in his box... Just because you operate a profitable business does not mean that you are so single-minded as to only focus on money. Jesus has and always will be part of my life. I am trying to decide where to apply my experience, and expertise after a long life of working hard in a career. This book did not help me with that decision.
This is a great book go gain an understanding of how well-meaning government action can create quite negative consequences. John Stossel is a professional speaker... even though he claims to have problems with stuttering, he is great at delivering his message in a way that is quite engaging.
I am encouraged to know that the libertarian message is heard in some of our public schools. After so much proof that larger government cannot fix our problems, it is frustrating to hear Republican and Democratic politicians continue to promise to fix things with another bloated government solution. Great message... just wish it resonated with more Americans. Thank God our founding fathers understood the reasons for liberty or we would not be a country today.
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