A chatty, witty, detailed, person-centered take on how various countries or states fell victim to their "personal" weaknesses and set "themselves" up for financial failure. More of a personal opinion than a factual report, but it does make sense.
WAY TOO SHORT!!!!!
Should have been twice as long. Just when I had collected a lot of ideas and was starting to THINK about them, the book up and ended!!!! I did not like that at all. This demeaned the content. Caused me to reclassify the book as a sitcom or a reality show. I HAD thought I was listening to an entertaining documentary up to that point. Oh well, I guess that's Michael Lewis's product. Really had expected more.
Excellent narration though!
The poetry, the passion expressed, the musings....so real, so rarely recorded anymore. The connections between people are gripping. The drama is great but the surroundings and customs are foreign which gives it all an edge.
Just comparing what the characters were doing to the 80s music with what I was doing......going back in time.....reflecting.......nice break from reality. I love the way the author is very realistic.
In the top 20%. It's a self-help book told by someone who learned it all the hard way. He tells the truth and sometimes it's pretty funny too. There are lots and lots of tips on how the world really works in here. Easy to read. Not guilt inducing. Gives you an edge up.
Going to a job interview in casual clothes and without a coat.
I love the accents and the gentle tone of voice the reader gives to the main character. With audio you can close your eyes and envision the story.
Her lovely voice.
"The female equivalent of James Herriott!"
The book is fascinating and evokes what it was really like in post war Britain without being depressing.
Oh yes, it comes to life in audio.
Sonia's utter honesty and remarkable memory about her life.
This book is one to savor and think over.
Everyone should read this book. You will get a glimpse of a life you will most likely never have. It's inspirational. Makes you want to do your best and try hard at whatever you do.
Yes. Usually they are both excellent.
I enjoyed seeing Americans through British eyes.
this book was like a firecracker that sparkled but never went off.
JUST KIDS by Patti Smith.
her great accents make it more real.
the premise of the story IS impossible. the more you know about people the less you can go along with the premise. you have to suspend disbelief from the beginning and that ruins everything. i won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for those more naive than I. how this book ever got past the first editorial meeting i'll never know.
the author can write well and i enjoyed the parts where the group of 5 are living in and working on the old mansion in the country. but that's incidental to the main story line.
this book asks for a large investment of your time. if you have lived quite a bit of your life already, I'm afraid you won't enjoy this book because it will feel like a waste of your time.
John Sandford is my favorite mystery-thriller author. [Wouldn't mind knowing Virgil Flowers either.] So I enjoyed the book. But it's not up to par with Sandford's other books.
From start to finish it felt like Sandford was fulfilling a contract commitment and didn't have time to get inspired.
Note to Publisher: Please don't make him dumb down this series or the one with Lucas just to grind out more books!
I LIKE the social commentary, don't get me wrong. But I didn't learn anything new.
Another thing, the main characters use the same sentence structure, which I've noticed before. Breaks the spell. Maybe the next book could include disguising your identity in a sophisticated manner and Sandford could learn about changing sentence structure along the way?
If you long for an ultra-violent, modern Western in audiobook form, get this book.
I'm found of JLB's stories set in Louisiana so I wasn't prepared for the continuous, extreme, sadistic violence in this book.
The average reader is likely to be appalled.
But if you have a strong desire for vicarious torture, pain, and killing, it would be better to read this book than act it out in real life. That's the only good use I can think of for this horrendous work.
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