I heard about this book on NPR but the description was a bit light. I decided to get it anyways but it was a months before I actually listened to it. I should have listened sooner, what a sleeper ! I was very pleasantly surprised by the story line. The author did a fine job of mixing an unusual idea of an old radio that could transport a young boy back in time to help ease a souls passage in the afterlife. But it was more than that, it was a young boy learning about himself, how to care about others, how to trust one's own self even when others are very discouraging to you and how to forgive. The dialog over all was fairly well written, a few place it was a bit cramped but it did not distract from overall feel and pace. A few times I found myself not stepping out of the car to finish listening to a section of the story because I was so entranced by it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like something a bit different from the typical fiction fare.
Buy this book. There, the real question is answered but you want details? Fine, take a listen to a story that gives depth and color to anyone's life who starts young and ends up wondering how they got old and didnt notice. Listen to a story about running away to the circus and how a young man got a lifetime of lessons in the real world over some short months. The descriptions of the life in a circus and the characters who lived it are impressive and a joy to listen to. By the end of the story, you will be completely enthralled by the central character and his life story and it will, not might, it WILL cause you to rethink how you treat grand dad in you own life. You can easily lose yourself in the story as it flows around the plot. The prose is well written and the use of two narrators provides an excellent verbal presentation of a young man and his much older self. This book is one of the best narrated stories I have heard in the past three years of using Audible and really makes the listening a real joy.
This was arguably one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a long while. While my own background is Electrical Engineering, there were concepts and ideas presented in such a simplified manner that this book should be required reading for all students. The history of how our version of electricty came to be was interesting not so much for how the various discoveries came about but the from the human side. There were many interesting stories that I had not heard before or fully understood the personalities involved. The narration is very well done which adds to the enjoyment.
An example is the authors discription of how RADAR really works, not how people thinks it works and how something devised to protect England was taken from the creator and used to firebomb a German city to the absolute distress of the creator. You get the full impact from the joy of discovery to the total dispair as women and children were incinerated.
You feel the joy of Alexendar Graham Bell working to help the deaf while bringing us the Telephone which revolutionized the world.
And while the all widgets are cool, the author goes into how electricty makes us humans work. I learned more from this book than I did in two semesters on biology. Maybe I paid more attention this time but I dont think so, I think it was the excellent presentation of what could be very complex material.
All in all, this is must-listen to audiobook.
This work of historical fiction was written well enough to get me to research on my own the aquaducts of old Rome and Pompeii. The story line is very interesting and the interaction between the characters was mostly believable. But, (spoiler alert!!) at the end, the plot breaks down and the ending was disappointing which given the quality of the book, was a let down. Enjoy it anyways, it was a relaxing way to commute and it was one of the few books that I would keep playing on my Ipod even after I was home.
Al outdoes himself in this book with his funny but ever so pointed comments and observations of the radical and not so radical right. He gets into the details and shows the lies and the lying liars to all to see in the harsh light of reality and facts rather then bluster and belligerence. His skewering of Ann Coulter was priceless and the rest was gravy. After hearing how Ann outright lies and then lies again to cover up her lies, she should hang her head in absolute shame. And Ann is just one of the many cast of characters that get "outed" by Al. A very enjoyable read unless you are a dittohead or rabid follower of the nutcase rightwingers.
This story while some call "dated" since it covers the first Gulf war is still a very interesting read(listen). You get to really know Anne and what drives her to do something as hard and dangerous as being a wartime reporter. It's also interesting to contrast what the folks who work for NPR have to do relative to the more pampered folks in the commercial world. Anne showed guts and imagination and really does not coat her version of the truth of both Iraq and her own perspectives and how they evolve over time.
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