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Erma Bombeck is even now regarded as a premier writer of comedy. As a parent with grown children of her own, I remember all the times I said this phrase under my breath. Now it's coming true.
Each of my children has at least one child that replicates almost exactly the antics they perpetrated when they were young. From permanent markers on the wall to small trucks down the toilet - or My Little Ponies in the case of the girls - my expectations have come true.
For older parents, this is nostalgia, for younger ones, it's a prediction. A really funny 'read' in any case. Barbara Rosenblatt does an inimitable performance as narrator.
I'm sure there are individuals who will enjoy this book. I didn't.
Must be getting hide-bound in my preferences.
A good explanation and story of the era of the ecological disaster of the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s and its impact upon the nation. Egan includes the Great Depression and the politics surrounding the financial crash, the Volstead Act, and the culture of the time.
This book brings the era achingly to life. Those of us who were the children of the people who lived through the Depression recognize the names, places, and people involved. An excellent book for entertainment as well as edification.
Dorothy Sayers was a master of the detective story. Her writing is crisp, clean, and clear. Ian Carmichael does a wonderful job of bringing one of Sayers' main characters to life and clearly narrate the story.
This is a grim book enhanced by the matter of fact tone of the narrator. Discussing the subject would give major clues to the book, but the twist at the end is very close to unexpected.
I found that I had to listen to the book in segments, but I was unable to bear listening all the way through. The author creates memorable characters.
J.D. Robb's books are usually suspenseful but not horrifying. This one tips over the edge with the perpetrator, truly thankless son, student, boyfriend, a total psychopath! In the wake of all the school shootings, random deaths, and other tragedies appearing on the news, this book really hits home.
Even the continuing story of Eve Dallas is not enough to soften the impact of this novel.
Without copying her famous father, Anne Hillerman creates a novel with all the suspense and detail. The characters are those of Tony Hillerman, but the treatment is enough different that the book is delightfully new.
I bought this book in 2008 and can just now write the review on it. This book tells a large part of the truth about being poor in America. Many people think that having a job means you aren't poor, but that is not so. Working on minimum wage can ensure poverty even deeper than being on welfare because food stamps, welfare payments, and health care is not available.
Ms. Ehrenreich writes definitively on these circumstances, so much so that listening to the story is painful.
"Read" this to make yourself think.
The "In Death" series has been one of my favorites by Nora Roberts, but this one repeated the plot premise over and over again - and almost pounded it to death. I am aware, as are most people, of the devastating consequences of sexual abuse of young children and teens.
This novel repeated that lesson ad infinitum from the perspective of the protagonist and most of the other characters in the novel.
This lesson is one that the public needs to know. I suggest Ms. Roberts use other venues to emphasize her point.
I've read this book over and over since it was published, but I've never written a review. This is the story of the Danes during WWII and their efforts to save the Danish Jews from the concentration camps. Very few Danish Jews were slaughtered, most escaped to Sweden to evade the Nazis, all through the efforts of Danish citizens.
Originally written for the young adult market, it underlines the heroism of Danish youth and the Resistance. Well worth listening to for adults, teens, and pre-teens.
I can only appreciate the expertise of Ms. Lowry in providing everyday heroes for us all.
I couldn't make it through the book because the nasality of Mr. Block's voice was so grating. Ordinarily I love his books because they're well-plotted, innovative, and well-written, but just can't make it through this one.
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