Buffalo, NY, United States | Member Since 2010
The narrator was exceptional and believeable.
I think Abel Rosnovsky was the most interesting character owing to the circumstances of his birth and the ways he was saved by folks in his life.
I would dine with Abel for sure at the Baron in Warsaw!
Well worth my time. Archer can sure write a good yarn!
Yes. The audio edition is so well articulated and spoken that you want to "read" the book without putting it down.
The description of the idyllic village of Three Pines; the character of Armond Garmouche as both a humble and brilliant chief detective; the likelihood of many possible murderers; the final unraveling of the mystery. The whole book is so realistically portrayed that you want to walk into the village and meet all those who populate this marvelous book.
His spoken abilities with French and English alike.
Hold your breath and the plot turns...
READ IT! I'm so loving Louise Penny's mysteries that I am on to the next one. I'm her newest fan.
This biography is outstanding in its recollected conversations; personality of Steve Jobs; his fierce and singular world view; his legacy at Pixar and Appple. Isaacson is a superb biographer in my estimation for he knows how to spin an interesting story that brings Jobs to life. I am so much better informed about Apple vs Microsoft, about the difference in computer platforms, about the thinking that informs these technologies. As a result, I can appreciate Apple's beautifully designed user experience but at the same time rebel at the lack of choices and costs associated with it. But no one can doubt that the force of Steve Job's vision propelled Apple ipod, ipad, and imac to dominance in the consumer market.
The biography of Louis Zamperini as told by Laura Hillenbrand in UNBROKEN is so well written and memorable that it is unforgettable. The difference between the two biographies is that Zamperini is much more likeable than Steve Jobs, suffered and redeemed himself. Two vastly different types of men who both made an impact on the world, each is their own way based upon their choices and circumstances they lived with.
The scene where Steve Jobs betrays Steve Wozniak when he "forgets' to tell him about the bonus payment. You see that lack of character and narcissism that characterizes Jobs. It isn't a happy experience but it tells a great deal about Jobs.
Steve Jobs' neglect of his daughter Erin.
As a human being, I found myself liking the man less despite my respect for his achievements in the marketplace. His general lack of philanthropy. His focus on the company leaves the product in a better place, but does not contribute to humanity like many of his peers do for the betterment of folks with lesser means. Too bad. You wonder why Steve Jobs had to be such a tyrant...could he not have achieved what he did by being a reasonable, stable, good man??? You have to wonder.
The writing is superb. McCann knows how to write. His characters are so real and human that you can't help but know he understands people and the lives they spin.
Corrigan was my favorite because his portrait is drawn so clearly as if the author knew this fictional person by heart.
The different voices gave birth to each person's part in the story.
Frankly, I got frustrated by too much writing....over-written if you will - when concise connections strongly offered might have served the author well. The center premise of the high wire walker as the common element wasn't strong enough to hold a meaningful connection between all the stories. I believe it could have been but McCallum didn't draw it out sufficiently for me. I guess I would have shortened the stories in order to elaborate on the metaphor of high wire walking for life in greater depth.
I realized I needed more meaningful connections between the stories than was offered. However, my constructive criticism also appreciates how well the stories are written.
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