I love Europe and I thought I loved my country (America), but I never realized how much anti-Americanism I had internalized.
If you have any interest in challenging your thinking on the issue of America's place in the world, read this book!
If you want a refresher course in critical thinking, this is also an excellent book.
Having read a great deal about Churchill, I thought the characterization of him was well done. The experience of young girls living the early war days in Britain was very well communicated.
Of course it had to be Maggie since she was the center of attention and the point of view. She was thoughtful and sympathetic. But Sarah was intriguing from her first entrance on the scene. I really thought Clare would turn out to be Chuck, so the Paige revelation was a surprise.
She's always great. She's my very favorite narrator. In her many names, I have listened to many of her performances and have never been disappointed. Though the material at times was not the best, she always brings out the best of every character. Her American accent is always a little off but recognizable but her various British, Irish and Scottish accents are great to my American ears.
I don't really think that would be an extreme reaction. I did laugh and almost cried.
The strings of numbers doesn't translate well into an audiobook. Maybe that slight bit could have been abridged.
i had to buy the kindle version too so i could check the references. Very authoritative! Scary! What have we gotten ourselves into? I hope the electorate will get themselves informed rather than voting from emotions as happened last time. And I hope he is stopped from the massive voter fraud that he is trying to use to help hold on to power. I still agree with Martin Luther King Jr's dream that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. That works both ways. This president is not our friend. He hates America and wants to destroy it. He's gotten lots of help in that and has made a good start. We have to stop him before it's too late.
Great little story. Audio quality needs to be upgraded.
I love kids' stories, I guess for their escapism. I thought this would be a childs adventure, but it wasn't. Not one that most children or preteens would find interesting, I think. And maybe not teens or adults. There were some moments of brilliant imagery. But, all told, it's one of my least favorite Audible stories so far.
The story is brilliant; the language is unsettling at times but beautiful; the performance is inspired; the audio is flawless.
I grudgingly read this book in high school, but am sure I didn't understand it. It's almost impossible for a highschool student to have the cynicism necessary to understand this story; at least, I'm certain that I did not have it then.
"What fun it would be if one didn't have to think about happiness."
"One of the principle functions of a friend is to suffer, in a mild and symbolic form, the punishment that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies."
As always, Geraldine James is incredible, the best reader there is, as far as I'm concerned. Even better than Patrick Tull, and that's saying something. You know each character intimately from her portrayal.
I'm sure the story is excellent, though I'll have to wait until I find time to read the book to know. The abridgement was a hatchet job. With Gabaldon being as big of a seller as she is, she should stop letting idiots cut up her books. I've never understood the point of abridgment. If an author is worth reading, every word of every digression or background explanation adds to the story. Longer is better.
Please Diana, don't let them cut up your books anymore.
One of my favorite Dicken's novels. The characters are vibrant, engaging, and funny in the usual Dickens' satirical way. The reader presents them as if he loves (or at least thoroughly understands) each one. He reads the lengthy, pedantic and sometimes silly author's commentary so seriously, so much as though he agreed wholeheartedly with every word, that you sometimes feel you have Dickens in to your house for a personal recital. But, the sound is so distorted, so unclear in spots, so variable in volume, that it is difficult to appreciate the story at times.
Still, there are real benefits to making the effort to listen to (and read) this novel. It was during the listening to this novel that I discovered my idea of the overall theme of all of Dicken's novels.
It is a novel that every lawyer should read and every person contemplating using a lawyer. I'm not saying that the modern legal system is exactly like this, but some of the similarities are amazing.
If the audio was cleaned up, this Audiobook would rate a 5+ in my opinion.
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