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I've loved this book since it was published in the distant past. Heinlein was the master of presenting science fiction that touched the imagination and heart. This book tells the story of a neer-do-well in space that has adventures everywhere until he longs for the place where he was born.
Heinlein's characters have depth of characterization that is rare in science fiction.
I'm old enough to remember listening to some of these stories on radio and it was like listening to an old friend. I'm not sure, but I think this was the beginning of the police procedural drama on radio.
My only problem with it was that the recording was somewhat mushy-sounding. I know we didn't have Dolby, but a clearer recording would have been delightful. On the other hand, maybe it was my aging ears.
J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds novels are hard to put down. I move the i-Pod speakers into the kitchen to do dishes and clean up as I listen. It's amazing how painless a distasteful chore becomes when you're listening to a good book.
I read this story as a young woman during my first Science Fiction phase. Robert Heinlein's books are readable always, with a strong plot line. This particular book tells the story of a near-immortal family and its members as they march through a history that can only be created by Heinlein.
Loved it the umpteenth time around.
The book was great - but the narrator in this case destroyed the text. Too fast, with an unidentifiable accent. This one is better in print.
Not only does Rieder discuss King's letter, but he discusses the Civil Rights movement. Individuals who did not live in the South had little idea of the abuses suffered by people of color and those who supported them.
King helped publicize a movement that eventually changed the laws of the United States to expand liberty to everyone in the nation. His actions, like those of Mahatma Gandhi, affected the world.
If I were still teaching, I'd have my students read or listen to this book to emphasize an important era in literature as well as history. I often combined reading and listening to help students comprehend better the literal voice of literature.
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.
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