Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
Found it long, rambling, jumping back and forth telling same story though numerous eyes. Way too many horse's histories and details. Could use a generous edit, but would be fasinating to a horse breeder. The good news I have fallen to sleep so often trying to read it... it makes a dependable sleep aid.
3 near rapes, 3 murders and one more attempted... sounds a bit intense, but it is really a cream puff read. We follow beautiful, naïve, and spunky, Molly Murphy as she immigrates from Ireland to New York and watch as one little lie has to follow the next. I enjoyed the historical background wound into the story, the plucky heroine and that it really is a clean, positive read. The plot depends on repeated coincidences, that at times strain belief... but I personally enjoyed it more than Rhys's "Royal Spyness" series. The narrator is fantastic. Yep, I'll be getting next one, but will wait for a while since it's a dessert read and cream puffs can be addictive.
My favorite books usually have a medical twist, and I own a full shelve of plague books... but unlike most readers on Audible I didn't really care for this one. The reader repeatedly slaughtered pronunciations and so much drama in his voice. Then the writer seemed intent on showing you the most possible gore from a breakout. Then lots of buildup.... wait for it, wait for it.... a possible exposure of a main character... that doesn't happen. Then he dumps that breakout with no review to numbers involved and how it was stopped and fast forwards into the next near exposure and after that great build up.... nothing happens. To be honest I don't regret reading "The Hot Zone," there was some very interesting information... it just could have been presented so much better.
Michael Siemsen's "The Dig" beats the last contemporary Science Fiction I read, "14" by Peter Clines, by a mile. He has created a uniquely gifted character, whose ability to touch an item and go back to emotionally charged moments that happened while the item was in use... is a gift and a curse. It has made his a millionaire at age 23, and a prisoner of his own OCD type protective needs to be able to function. Obviously you have to suspend disbelief... but I did it once and rode around nicely in his world without being jarred out. I consider it a brain in neutral, have fun read and the writing is basic plot driven, nothing to get excited about, the plot is just so unique it makes up for the writing. I could see it being a movie. It will obviously be a series, although this stands alone, and I'll probably buy the next. Very little swearing, a little kissing, some violence... but a page turner that flashes from a previously unknown tribe to the archeologists seeking to unearth the remains. Probably will appeal to a young male audience the most, but I am the opposite and found it enjoyable. We will hear more about this book.
What a fun little Christmas murder mystery. This is the 6th "Royal Spyness" book, but could easily stand alone for a fun Christmas read. Aside from 1st book beginning the series, this is my favorite. It is a fluffy, brain in neutral read... but my goodness, it captures the fun of a traditional English Christmas. The food, parlor games, caroling, and community traditions are woven cleverly with a series of crimes. Excellent narration.
I knew so little about Nelson Mandela, it seemed only right to read his autobiography at the time of his death. The book is not a polished literary masterpiece and there are sections where you can space out as lists, abbreviations, repeated thoughts and the machinations of politics mire the story... a good edit would help. There is very little about his childhood, not much of anchoring South African history and it was written prior to his presidency... so left me wanting a more, as well as a little less. That said, it was a fascinating read and I enjoyed stepping into his mind and prison cell. He is very frank, admitting his own errors and those of his people, along with the many offenses of the apartheid government. Well worth the credit and time for me to better understand the South African fight for freedom though his eyes and experiences..
Heft is told in two voices... Arthur, a 550 pound man living in Brooklyn and Kel an 18 year old from Yonkers. They are both vulnerable, sensitive, insecure, guilt ridden and damaged by life. They are fully developed, imperfect but appealing characters. They are tied together only by a quirky friendship between Kel's mother and Arthur years earlier and her desire for them to meet. Doesn't sound like a five star read... but I lived inside their thoughts and life for 11 hours and 44 minutes and have to say I didn't want it to end. Loneliness, loss, death, abandonment, "almost," disapproval, hope... its not a light read, nor oppressive. The role of fathers and the ways one can be fatherless, is a beautiful thread woven though the book. If you need action, a fast moving plot, mystery or adventure... this isn't it. The only book I can think of that is similar "The Unlikely Pilgrimage Harold Fry" is actually very different. Kel occasionally swears, smokes marijuana and engages in sex at a teen drinking party... probably a PG-13 read.
If you liked "Patriots" for the "prepper" information, this has less... although every weapon and bullet, car and computer appearing in the book has model numbers, sizes and evaluations. If you liked it for the story, this book has a stronger story line than "Patriots"... although you do have to suspend your disbelief constantly and listen closely to follow the tangents.. If you didn't like Patriots... you won't like this. Both books are stand alone... so you don't have to read them in order. There is quite a bit of gun violence, politics and religion, very little rough language or sex. Let me summarize the books message for you... buy bullets, guns, precious metals and seeds before the crisis. During the crisis keep your gun clean, stick together and don't be afraid to shoot first. I personally learned more from and enjoyed "Alas Babylon," "One Second After" and "Jakarta Pandemic" better.
Ted Bundy was a visitor to my apartment in the 70's... I thought he was darling and wanted to date him. Needless to say, glad I didn't. I have read most everything ever written about him and since this was new to me... I picked it up without really checking it out. This book is poorly researched (if at all), with unbelievably poor writing skills (4th grade) and an unbearable reader. "Gag a maggot" is the line that keeps running through my head. Of interest it is only 30 minutes long... so the misery is short.
I was completely unfamiliar with Kurt Vonnegut when I made this purchase. The book itself is a short collection of chunks of college graduation speeches he made over the years. They are well read by Scott Brick, honestly a few times I was waiting for an audience to laugh. It boils down to his advice to the graduates... in a witty, rambling, random, slightly biting, kinda brilliant, humanistic voice. He is free with his opinions which are sure to offend nearly everyone in one way or the other... yet it felt like "his" truth and I found joy in listening. There is some redundancy between talks, but there are some real nuggets I am still chuckling about... and texted to a friend. Lots of new thoughts for $1.95.
I have a strep throat today and the Dr. gave me a Z-pack. My Aunt had a strep throat in the 30's and died. This book follows the development of the first antibiotics... the Sulfa drugs, by Gerhard Domagk and peers between WWI and WWII. Although, of greatest interest to history buffs and medical sorts, it really is an interesting read. It reminds me of "The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lack" or "The Ghost Map" where the plot sounds dull... but you just can't put it down. The book is broad: you will be inside the trenches during WWI, in the laboratory killing mice, being bombed in WWII and in the states killing people with tonics and watching greedy decisions made in an attempt to put competing drug manufacturing companies out of business. The book travels all over... but always comes back to poor Gerhard who finally gets his Nobel Award. The reader is wonderful.
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