Richmond, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011
Whether or not one agrees with Richard Dawkins' interpretation of atheism, it is well worth reading/listening to him. You would have to be very narrow-minded if this book did not make you think and contemplate. If one was seeking to validate a religious belief, it should be essential reading. A bonus to Mr. Dawkins' theories is that he discusses them with a great sense of humor.
The protagonist is a wonderfully drawn character with the narrator doing a truly excellent job of reflecting of his fall from grace (sorry about that). You are introduced to this self-satisfied, older than usual, lawyer who is humanly self-deluding. The other characters are equally interesting with ongoing revelations which let the listener get to know them and become suspicious of their motives. The trouble with this book is that you can't comment too much without giving the plot away. A very worthwhile change from the usual. Deserves a high rating.
It continues to amaze me that Hoover was kept as Director for all those years and that no one had the courage to dislodge him even though he threatened 'blackmail'. Too bad, he certainly ruined the reputation of law enforcement in the U.S. This book seems to be one that would benefit from editing. Nonetheless, it is a worthwhile book and seems to be more honest than most of its type. It would have benefitted from more personal information about Hoover.
I have been a Joyce Carol Oates fan until now but will certainly have to be convinced of the value of any future books. The characters are superficial, the ?heroine could be autistic, borderline, schizophrenic or just badly behaved and selfish - but her upper-middle-class parents don't bother to have her assessed and/or treated. The structure of the book is no structure - it wanders all over the place with the voices of the individuals providing a confusing mish mash of points of view and life experiences - not to give it away but there is the human cost of U.S. wars, alcoholism, cancer, violence, confused sexuality, mental illness, poverty, affluence, an evil potential mother-in-law, religion, a questionable legal system and an individual able to influence politicians, many philosophical references and altogether too much fainting. The narration has been poorly edited with much repetition, and script-induced pseudo-hysteria. There are grammatical errors and misuse of words which could be either the author's or the narrator's problem. I could believe that this was written by someone else. It was a lot of time to waste in hope of improvement.
A well-crafted, chatty novel which intricately mixes fact and fiction. Mr. Warner is gifted in character development and description. His protagonist is an interesting character who is not altogether likeable but for whom the reader will have reason for admiration.
This will be particularly interesting to those who are familiar with the Cold War era.
The narration is perfect!
Unquestionably a book which should be read and discussed by those who are involved in emergency preparedness programs as well as the general public. Well researched, well documented description of conditions at an aging but vital hospital in New Orleans during Katrina as well as historical and subsequent developments and the players involved.
Circuitous plot with interesting characters - some well developed, others not so much. Homelessness is a difficult and complex topic and Grafton has chosen representative characters, except for the severely mentally ill who comprise a major percentage. This certainly could have been two books - a good listen.
George Tenant has written a valuable book. The trials and tribulations of CIA administrators and line officers is well illustrated along with the mistrust, competition and difficulties that plague the intellligence communities and which put the country at risk.
This is not a general 'spy' tale, athough there are some anecdotal references. Tenant's long tenure and the 'lofty' position gives authority to this book.
Recommended reading (and not in the least bit boring)
I do like the William Deverell books but the female narrator sounds as if she were a sixth-grader. I think it would have been much better to have the male narrator only. The female narrator's flattish speech was actually intrusive and spoiled the continuity. I found myself tuning out. Needles is an important book, even today because the author knows well of what he speaks. He is a retired lawyer, known for his courtroom brilliance.
This is not fiction, by any stretch of the imagination. It is straight-forward fact and observation. While a fair and through assessment, it also offers some relevant character study, which is cleverly done and sets the scenes for appointment to this elite body. It has some elements of what sounds like a novel, but after some research on my part, it is appears that there is no exaggeration. The humanity, humor, strongly held beliefs of the Chief Justices and how they influence other members of the court is particularly interesting. Above all, while this review is probably dull, the book is not! It is a learning experience, even for the already learned and should be required reading for anyone interested in the law.
A piece of literature whose subject matter is extremely difficult. The topic of family abuse should not be avoided as it appears some jurisdictions have dictated. (This reminds the reader of when so many politicians said "we don't have gang problems). Society will gain nothing and lose a lot if it chooses to continue shoving the 'dirty secrets' under the carpet. The 'heroine' of this book is an extremely well-drawn character whose victimization is all too familiar to those who have been victimized and those who try to help them. This should be a "MUST READ" for families, physicians, law enforcement, teachers and all those who work with children. Those who consider the subject matter 'unfit' should read the headlines for a week and forget the attitude that it could not happen in their family - like cancer, it can happen anywhere.
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