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My husband and I went to a book reading by Paul Theroux when the book was first published and have a signed copy so I felt that I must read it. But I really didn't feel like actually reading it so I held the hard cover copy of this book and listened at the same time. My husband didn't know I was listening (long hair covered my earbuds). He'd have thought me silly to buy an audio version when we already had the book.
I am a huge fan of Theroux and have read almost every book he has written (try Hotel Honolulu!)
Yes, he is a curmudgeon but I guess I am too, so he is a perfect author for me. The narrator didn't capture the real 'voice' of the author. Theroux is a funny, sardonic guy. The narrator made the author sound whiny and imperious. I wish we could have had the author read his own story. It would've come off differently.
Nevertheless, a good read....................and of course, I'm on my Africa "kick," reading what I can get my hands (ears) on about that part of the world.
This is a terrifc, very accessible book that you NEED to read. Anyone who has had cancer or who has known anyone with cancer will appreciate the information and story behind cancer. We get the history of cancer, its believed causes and all the different treatments throughout known history. It's told in very vivid language by Dr. Mukherjee, who seems to be incredibly compassionate. Excellent narration, wonderfully written with a good beginning and a good ending. What more could we want! Thanks for making this important work available on audible.
research. Fascinating science. A good look at the medical-ethical aspects of medical issues. The author really pounded the pavement in getting this important story told and I commend her. Wow, amazing what a single cancer cell has done for this world, Thank you Henrietta Lacks. You've gone down in history.
Not my favorite Kingsolver novel (that would be The Poisonwood Bible) but recommended to Kingsolver's fans. Great research and it reinforced some of the historical facts I had hiding way down deep in my pea brain. Of course, her writing is soooooo good.
My complaint is that it went on way too long.
Not highly recommended.
A series of short stories which take place in a coastal town in Maine. One character, Olive Kitteridge, has at least a small part in each of the stories. It follows this rather nasty, controlling, opinionated school teacher from middle age through her senescence. She never changes. She approaches most every situation with a negative demeanor.
A Pulitzer Prize winner! I just do not think was worthy of that award. The prose was good and I liked the way Olive was woven into each of the stories but I just did NOT like the main character. The other characters in the book are somewhat interesting but it made me glad I did not live in that town with all those depressing folks. A few of the stories had ambiguous endings that left me scratching my head. I suppose the author wanted us to leave the ending "open" so that we could make our own. It wasn't an effective element for me. That kind of ending (so very french!) is supposed to make a reader think and wonder. I wasn't compelled to 'think' or do any contemplative examination of the ending. It left me frustrated.
This would have a good thriller fiction without the remorse. If his tale is true then shame on us. If it isn't true then shame on the author. I haven't been able to verify the "truthiness" of all of what John Perkins writes and I don't know how I can do it.
It is a good story anyway, although clumsily written ......I'm somewhat skeptical. Not skeptical about the fact that corporations and developed nations take advantage and exploit less developed nations. I am certain that they do. I am skeptical of his contrition. Besides selling books and making a lot of money, what is this man going to do to right his admitted wrong?
Read and decide for yourself.
A 'lady' from the country and a young female 'dodger' from London. A story of swindle and deceit. Well written and worth reading.
Yes, this was a short book. Thank goodness. The truth and lies of what determines why consumers buy what they do could've been written in a short article in a psychology magazine. Somewhat interesting but not completely convincing. The author is very clever. Just ask him!
Well I had to finish it up and was not sorry. A satisfying ending. Some hate these books but I enjoyed them immensely. To each his own.
Second of the Trilogy kept me on the edge of my seat and plugged into the earbuds.
I started to read this book but felt frustrated in being unable to pronounce all the Swedish words. I bought the audio and immediately became hooked. I later watched the original Swedish film and was very pleased with the outcome.
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