I hate reading things like that: The best book ever written -- almost a guarantee for disappointment, but not in this case. Baseball fans usually make lousy writers, and great writers are rarely baseball fans. This book is the intersection of insightful writing and baseball passion, which for me is sheer bliss -- especially when the book is about my childhood heroes: the '69 Mets, Mays, Clemente, Aaron. Beautifully written, thoughtful, clever, deep -- the moment I finished I started it over. Was also nice that it fortuitously coincided with the "Baseball Seasons" show covering the same time period.
The only thing I didn't like was the mispronunciation of several of the ballplayers names, like Jerry Grote (it's not Groat, it's Gro-tee). The sound quality wasn't the greatest, and it's better if the audio book is divided into parts or chapters -- there was no easy way just to go to the last chapter and re-listen.
If you have kids & have had to deal with schoolyard politics, this is a fun read. The story is both uncomfortable and catchy, and I didn't want to put this one down.
Loved the Aussie accent & all the voice variations, extremely well read.
This novel is a playful, magical, fun ride that deals with some serious topics in a direct & often mesmerizing (and aggravating) way.
The performance by Allan Corduner is beyond fantastic. He is mesmerizing as the narrator, his voices for the characters are perfect, and he helps bring this incredible book about words to life.
Usually I'd write a meaty review, but I honestly don't have the words to describe this novel, it is beyond anything I'm capable of saying about it. If you haven't read this book, you must read it. If you have read this book, you know why.
Julia Whelan is brilliant -- brilliant -- in her performance. She brought this book to life with all of her voices. "Pretty" is a wonderful book, and Julia brought out ever inch of the wonder.
I love a book when it makes me want to both smile and cry at the end, and this novel does that. It is a gripping story, dark but alive, and it is beautifully written -- I picked this up after plowing through "Some Girls," and as much as I liked that story, I loved the way this book was written. It is playful and sad, it is dramatic and droll, it finds signs in the clouds and spiders & ponders, ponders, ponders. This book got stuck in my head and I like that, and I ended up replaying the ending three times, which is rare for me. Is this book for everyone? No, but it was for me, and I think it should be required reading for therapists.
An oddly shaped but pretty little package left at my doorstep, smart and brutally honest -- what we should all require of autobiographical tales. Lovely to get to know Jillian, a kindred spirit to all of us wondering & wandering souls searching endlessly for something...or searching for something more...real. I think I found an answer in this book, and I like what I found. A moody book that may wake you up a bit, and may even slap you in the face at times, or make you cry, or envy and even, gasp, pity her. In the end it is an oddly shaped gift, sharp at the corners and soft on some edges, that is wrapped so perfectly that you have to read it & then urgently find the perfect place for it on your bookshelf.
Stark and brutal perspective of Eastern Europe during WWII
Cruelty, A Primer
A harrowing and beautifully written book. Where Vonnegut gave us the American perspective of WWII in Slaughterhouse 5, Kosinski bring us the opposite, horrifying perspective through the eyes of a Jewish child as he witnesses and deals with the madness and carnage of WWII. This novel brings to vivid life the anguish and brutality of the times more than other books, photos or movies I have read/seen...it was a difficult read, but a mesmerizing one, and I felt at several times that I couldn't read any more but at the same time couldn't put this book down. A tremendous book really, the kind that changes your perspective on political realities...and makes you thankful for the enduring peace we have enjoyed in the US, but wary of what the future could hold. A must read -- but don't blame me for the nightmares you have afterwards.
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