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'Stars' subtracted off for silly writing style. The last 1/4 of the book is very good, though, and redeems itself. Much has already been said about the contents so I will not repeat. My problem (only 3 stars) is the irregular quality of the writing. When Megan Stack writes as a reporter I appreciated the story. Factual from her viewpoint, straight forward, gripping. But then, too often she writes as if she is a novelist (albeit not a very good one, in my opinion.) Too many (silly) similes and ridiculous metaphors. These writing techniques were overused and often left me scratching my head as to their significance or purpose. In one passage where she told us that (in Egypt) big tanks, during a civil disturbance, were appearing in the streets during foggy weather, she writes "tanks loomed through the fog like dinosaurs....." Huh!
Dinosaurs???? Don't we all know what tanks look like? What Foggy weather looks like? 'Nuf said. Now we have to imagine dinosaurs........something no living being has actually ever seen?
The language is just too funny and incomprehensible.
The story is good, though. Worth reading just for the POV that the middle eastern people have towards America. Read this to get into their minds.....to see how THEY perceive us and why. Quite an eye opener.
You will not think of this "war on terror" the same way you did.
Comprehensive and scientific without being overly clinical. Extremely well researched and informative. Lots of funny anecdotes. Completely engaging and highly recommended for any person with breasts.
This was just too short. I didn't want it to end. This is THE only way to 'read' this book. Tina Fey is hilarious and a very good narrator. No one else could have done it as well. Great book for anyone who has had growing pains and horrendously embarrassing teenage moments. Doesn't that include us all!
It had been a long time since I had read a detective/mystery/thriller story. My first John Sanford book. This was a good page turner with interesting characters. Good plot and very smart dialogue. This kept my interest until the satisfying end. I really like it when I haven't figured out "who done It."
I sure love it when a good narrator tells me a story and I can just lay back and listen. Sigh! I Love Audible.
I must start out by rating Kate Mulgrew as the narrator. She was fabulous and I want to hear more from her. As for the story...sorry, I guess I am getting old and cranky. I used to enjoy Stephan King books "back in the day." I looked forward to reading his son's book. All I kept thinking while listening was that the person who wrote this was a disturbed, sad individual. I really do not know if that is true but that is the feeling I got. I wish I could have suspended disbelief better. I do think Joe Hill is a very good writer but I did not enjoy the subject. In fact, it 'creeped' me out.
So many people really gave this book rave reviews. It is probably just me.
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.
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