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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin makes the reader/listener a fly on the wall at a volatile and pivotal period in American history. She uses newspaper articles, diaries, journals, letters, and memoirs to put her reader/listeners in venues where the progressive movement had its beginning and brightest moments. The book contrasts and compares two deeply interesting men: Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft. It also details the lives of the most prominent muckraker journalists including S. S. McClur, Ida Tarbell, Ray Baker in a way that makes you think that you are watching them actually work. She creates an extremely personal look at all the major political players in the period between the Gilded Age and the beginning of World War I.
Sherlock Holmes in America by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor) is a collection of 18 short stories that place the famous character and his sidekick Dr. Watson in late 19th century to early 20th century America.
This is the most frightening book a married man could ever read. It can be summarized in one statement. If you are married to sociopath, do not cheat on your partner.
Lightning by Dean Koontz is an allegorical time travel thriller. Koontz chips out both his characters and his suspenseful plot as a woodcarver brings a statue from a log of fine wood. Accepting he gives to the scientific community in Nazi Germany requires a well developed skill for suspending belief. The heroine's eight-year-old son seems more a prodigy than a normal kid. His mother also seems more a superhero than mother and author. However, even with these few weaknesses, I give Lightning five stars and recommend you give it a listen.
This science fiction suspense thriller throws in all elements:Two alien space ships with secret powers, a deranged psychotic sexual sadist, the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew characters, villains that cannot die, traitorous politicians, and an evil scientist. It is a a fruit cake thriller that will keep you as spellbound as a kid at a Saturday Morning serial.
Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein is a slow but engaging thriller about a killer driven by his belief that women should not be priests, ministers, or preachers. Fairstein sprinkles this timely story with interesting historical factoids about New York City where the story is set. I enjoyed what I learned about New York City as much as I did the suspense of the plot.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People (Audio) by Gary Chapman is an effort to extend the concepts from his first book, The 5 Languages of Love into the workplace. In my opinion, it is only partially successful. The relationship one shares with his or her spouse is far more intimate than one shared with coworkers. This makes it harder to identify the type of reinforcement needed. Still, the techniques suggested cannot hurt workplace relationships. Genuine appreciation of colleagues and subordinates always makes making working together easier.
The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley is a very tedious whodunit. It is a story of sociopathic serial killers and those who collect the macabre memorabilia that they produce. I had to pinch myself often to stay awake as I listened to it. The characters were uninteresting and the plot was dull.
I found Tanenbaum's first Carp novel more a development of interesting characters than the development of a engaging plot. Still, I enjoyed the listen.
Bolt by Dick Francis is a pleasantly paced Whodunit with the intelligent British style that makes reading or listening a pleasure. It fascinates me that a Welch writer who quit school at 15 can write so much better than many American writers who have forced themselves through various graduate degrees. One wonders if it is the water, the latitude, or the educational system.
Heroes and Legends: The most influential characters of literature by Thomas A. Shippey is made up of 24 lectures in which he analyzes heroes and heroines from classical and popular literature. His basic hypothesis throughout the lectures was that what was happening at the time authors created their characters had the most to do with what defined them as heroes or heroines. The truth of this position was best argued in the lectures on Odysseus, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1984, James Bond, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , and Harry Potter. His discussions of these characters gave me new insight into previously enjoyed reads and listens.
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