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A deeply personal memoir that was greatly revealing. Stories of childhood abuse and of the way she used men to hide her sexuality. Though denying she did so purposely; she knew she wasn't attracted to men, she still dated and slept with them. Having the knowledge that coming out would end her career in Country Music she hid the truth about her sexuality. In a way that was poignant and moving, she is open and articulate about her family and relationships. An excellent listen.
This isn't one of the western authors iconic books, but in my opinion it's straight forward simplicity makes it one of his best. Flagan Sackett's escape from the Apache/ Ute makeshift tribal group mirror's several events that actually occurred during the 19th century. His ability to gather food on his own is a fascinating look at man's ability to survive. There are fistfights and gunfights that occur once he regains his strength and other members of the Sackett family have battles with the Dunn's as well. As always the biggest weakness in his books is a lame cookie cutter romance with a silly girl who finally gets her head on straight and marries our hero.
My dad and uncle read westerns so I began reading them as well. This was the sole author of the genre that I continued to read past my mid teens. It's not any sort of great writing; and though the author is credited with more than 100 books if you've read 10 or 12 of them you've read them all. They are formulaic and extremely predictable. His books are easy listens moving swiftly with plenty of action sequences, plus you can follow the stories with less than your full attention. A good listen if you have a nighttime drive ahead of you, or while puttering in the house, the garage or outside on your lawn.
The setting for this book is the area where I was born and not far from where I now live. That was my original reason for risking a credit on 21 hour book. It is usually difficult to sustain interest in a book that long because there is often a lot of filler material in a book that long. There is some of that in this one but I'm glad I gave this selection a chance.
The twenty one hours went by much quicker than I thought they would because this is an excellent audiobook. This in spite of the fact that it took the two of them longer to make a move on each other than it has any couple thus far in the 21st century. The verbal sparring and repartee engaged in by Maddie and Syd as well as between David and Maddie is both witty and funny. I'm not sure how old the author is but the sexual banter between the two of them has all the wit and verve of a Three's Company episode. An excellent touch here is so much of the activities and dialogue of the people in a small mountain town that the author gets right. Far too often authors or narrators unfamiliar with the area try to shortcut getting right by assuming all southern towns, as well as all southern accents are the same. Well they're wrong; no matter how much they might believe Carroll O'Conner in 'The Heat of the Night' and Andy Griffith talk the same; they don't. Roma Jean Fremont the girl who continually falls down around Doctor Maddie Stevenson isn't fall down funny but is a nice little humorous aside.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to for awhile; great story.
Yes, there were possibilities for this book, unfortunately I guess I'll never know. I only made it to chapter 14 before I gave it up and decided my time could be better spent. There were some huge holes in the whole approaching Roxy, Rain, Autumn scenario. The biggest disappointment in this book for me was the supposed protagonist. Brody came off as a self centered, immature, almost pathologically jealous and controlling little boy caring only for himself and his own agenda it's difficult to like a book when you don't like the principal character. My advice is to save your credit.
More than sixty years have passed since this book was written and a lot has changed. That you can discern by the fact that a construction executive was working for eighty dollars a week. Then there was idea that a man had the right to kill his both his adulterous wife and her lover. Not to spoil anything but there are some opinions expressed about some photographs that indicate the morals of the time are completely different than they are today.
As my reviews on the books of John D MacDonald selections indicate I find certain prejudices and attitudes of this author abhorrent. I overcome those feelings by realizing that much of that is due to the era and my admiration of the quality of his writing. Although it's my opinion that the books he authored in the late fifties and early sixties are superior to those like this one from the early fifties, practically anything written by MacDonald is a good bet.
This audiobook is only thirty five minutes long and is definitely on the harsh side. A girl returns to Nowhereville and thoroughly avenges her sister's death; she basically empties the trailer park. I would hesitate to say that I enjoyed this small slice from Quentin Tarantino land but it was quite different and was definitely the time and the price.
Even a mad mouse can be dangerous when he chooses to attack. There is an axiom that the winner of the fight is the warrior who'll go farther to win than the rest; a high powered sniper rifle meets that definition nicely.
Danny Boyle and Clark Kent's cousin John Ceepak; Sea Haven's top cops face a sniper whose targets are Danny and his friends. As the story unravels we find out the chief reason behind the sniping is payback for an incidence of bullying when they were all in high school. The copyright date is 2006; so long before Newtown and long after Columbine, and I can't recall which mass shooting occurred in 2005 or 2006 so I'm not certain of the model he was using.
I found the case the author made against bullying was a little too blatant; could have been more subtle for sure, but it was effective. The way the shooter's father treated him was also effective in establishing how the kid had been set up as a target from an early age. I have the Ceepak/Boyle collection in it's entirety and though I don't fins any of the books top rate they are all good. You know what you're getting with Grabenstein and it's pretty good.
This is an ordinary middle-of-the-road romance. The back story of a woman in search of her biological mother is relegated to the back seat and it's mainly used to as an overly dramatic emotional crutch. Julia London is accomplished enough as a romantic author to keep the book moving, albeit slowly. Unfortunately what comes to mind when doing a review of this book are adjectives like trite, cliched, formulaic or average. The Estrogen Army that is my support system at this moment has opened me up to the viability of in the romance category but this one ain't it. If you're a fan of the genre this might be a good listen for you; otherwise I can't recommend it.
The humor that viewers of Comedy Central have become well acquainted with is on display though you do miss seeing the faces. The idea of Stephen Colbert making fun of Dick Cheaney while he sits stonefaced a few feet away. His sharp brand of irreverent humor turned on the nabobs of Washington is fun. Excellent buy.
Rebecca's marriage to to her husband of twenty years is over, she's in her own apartment and is meeting her new neighbors; one of whom is good looking kid in his mid-twenties named Neil. Though she is attracted to him she can't imagine him having any interest in an old lady like her. Even if he does she can't date a man who's barely older than her daughter; Can she? She can't have her first threesome with him and his gorgeous young female friend; or go to bed with her alone when he's away; can she?
Evidently she can, because she does. This is a nice story of a woman's first relationship after a divorce and the pressures that tear the relationship apart. A very nice story, well written and well nuanced. The audiobook would have received a higher rating with a better narrator I'm looking forward to the next audiobook by Miss Silver.
Colleen Bradley feels a strong need to get away from her home, her husband and her son for awhile. As the owner of her own antique store she write this off; both figuratively and literally as a business trip. Then at the eleventh hour she gets a traveling companion her niece Tamara. The sixteen year old girl is a 'hot mess' and inwardly Colleen moans at the thought of the next two weeks with the moody, churlish teen. The girl is the daughter of her husband's brother; product of a one night stand who'd had no contact with her father prior to her mother's death; distant and strained described their relationship aptly.
The pair take off and drive from Maryland to North Carolina; stopping at a rural restaurant that was Colleen's old college hangout. As they sit down to eat Colleen begins to tell Tamara a little about her old friend Bitty; the name an homage to her petite frame. Amazingly Colleen spots a woman who looks like an aged version of Bitty.
Bitty Nolan Camalier is at the old college haunt in order to kill herself. After twenty years of verbal and emotional abuse her husband has tossed her out of their home. Thus after having been essentially an appendage for twenty years she has been suddenly transformed into nothing more than an amputated body part.
When Colleen leaves the restaurant two has become three and though this is resented by Tamara all three women will find their lives forever altered by the two weeks they spend together.
This is an excellent audiobook; five stars all the way.
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