For many years, I lived like so many, feeling NOT NORMAL but not knowing why. Once I realized why, I began to understand more and more about myself, and just HOW I am different. I am not sure anyone except those of us who live it can fully appreciate just what the author is describing here. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, if only to broaden the readers' views on a world many may not even know exists. It will open your eyes to just how such a brilliant mind can be hidden inside a troubled boy. Mr. Robison is different, not just in how his brain works, but in his ability to turn his difference into such an asset.Even at my age, even I found inspiration and hope after this book. For someone 50 years younger, the potential is wonderful, if only so they can come to understand the nature of their difference and learn to not blame themselves along the way. This is the kind of book one will want to buy to share with others. Look/listen closely to Mr. Robison's description of how he saw/heard the sounds from the mega-amps, watching and understanding the sounds through all the senses, then turned that incredible insight into a musical/magical instrument. There is some depth in his perceptions at that moment that many will not recognize ... don't miss it.
I enjoyed the narrator and most of the characters. I came away feeling like I know a bit more about wind farms, and the industry. I thought the story moved well, no delays or tedium. I actually found myself thinking of the Longmire series. Somewhat comparable.
I do not recall the name, so if I have I was not impressed enough to have logged his name.
Had I been reading it myself, I probably would not have finished it. It did not excite me, but neither did it bore me. A good narrator can make or break an audio performance for me. The narrator here kept me listening.
No, can't say there was. But I can say that there were some things that I did find overtly lacking. During the entire book, when the sheriff had a "witness" the defendant's attorney never once DEMANDED or even sought to depose that witness. I know enough about it all to know that whatever one side has by way of evidence MUST be revealed, and the existence of a witness upon whom the entire case hinges should have been at the top of the list for this hot-shot, high-profile lawyer. I felt like the sheriff was a little lacking in depth acting so blatantly biased to the point of stupidity. Lots of loose ends, somewhat hastily tied up.
I did enjoy the narrator! I'd look for more of his work in a heartbeat.
I will not reveal the true nature of this story. It did start out as an enjoyable imitation of many of the similar mysteries taking Biblical characters and drawing overt connections to some modern-day conspiracies. It could not be considered a great tale, but it was moving along very well, until the very end. I must say I was profoundly disappointed in the author. He simply went much to far in his absurdities. It said to me that his author had to reach further than his abilities, and he failed miserably. I will not say DO NOT BOTHER, for some may find it less offensive, even perfectly acceptable.. I think the author chose a lazy, silly, absurd ending to what could have otherwise been a good tale.
Disappointed beyond words. Weak and absurd beyond all reason.
The narrator did a fine job. I would have had some difficulty with the Latin and Italian names and passages.
I do have an extreme reaction, but not as you ask. It is just embarrassing for the author to have chosen to end it as he did. It tells me he was either in such a hurry that he was grasping at straws, or he does not have all of the skills needed to craft a truly great story.
Such a shame. It will probably be the only one of his books I will ever "read". I cannot recommend it.were it not for the failings in the story's ending, I would have rated it much higher, but such was the nature of the final pages. Too bad.
I would rate this as VERY significant, if only as a stunning shock of reality. I recall my grandmother telling how her younger siblings had died during the epidemic, but gave it little thought. How I wish now I could discuss that time with her. She was a young adult, old enough to have understood what was happening around her, and to have given us a remarkable accounting of life in Missouri/Kansas at the time. How I wonder that she only lost 2 of the 10 children, and large extended family!
I have not read any other books by John Barry, but I certainly will. I am reminded of THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, but Erik Larson, another revealing historical account, also narrated by Scott Brick.
Scott Brick's mafter-of-fact naration lends a quality of credibility to an otherwise hard-to-believe accounting.
A Silent, Patient Killer Destined to Return.
There is an enormous amount of information in this book, beginning with how the medical community of the US came into the 20th century in a shamefully unregulated state, how it evolved and rose quickly to take on the greatest public health emergency in our world's history. Having set the stage, the author then explains a bit about how epidemics develop and how the state of the world at that time fostered this disaster, how a number of preliminary localized epidemics of measles, polio, encephalitis all paved the way for this new, virulant virus to grow, evolve and eventually devestate the entire world. My presumptions and ignorance of the entire event have been revealed, leaving me frightened for the future. We have no living survivors to testify first hand to the experience, to the true horrors of the time, and history has already begun glossing over the dreadful mistakes made. For students of American history, this book tells us of a side of our American government and Wilson's presidency that we should all know about. What was done in the name of patriotic support is just as stunning and frightening as the statistics regarding lives lost to this epidemic. This is a CRUCIAL read for us all.
Unfortunately, there is so much information to convey that at times, the author tends to repeat himself, recounting the same stories multipl times throughout the books. This would be a very difficult book for me to sit and read, but it is well suited for this audible presentation.
I was intrigued at first with this book. I was disappointed with it when it fianlly ended. The story is a narrative from a monk with the Church of England at the beginning of WWII, a time not often depicted in stories about monks. I soon found I was learning a great deal about the Church of England of modern times (I am old enough to see it as "modern"), but, as with most stories placed cloistered environments there was a clear definition of the characters to like and dislike, love and hate. While it felt formula-based, it was interesting all the same. Sometimes the narrator didn't seem genuine in some of the characters' statements, often inferring some attitude that I was not sure was intended. I found this a little distracting. But, as the story progressed it seemed to be taking a totally unexpected turn, moving from the monastery into the world so foreign to the 17-year monk. More interesting information about the way the Church functioned and how it reintroduced its isolated members into the traditional world. I was still enjoying it, but feeling like the story was getting lost a bit. Then the bad-buys became good-guys and the good drifted into the bad side, and it all became a little muddled. Clearly the author was well-versed in the Church and its willingness to care for its own, about modern psychologhy and even current views on metaphysical theories, although I am not convinced that these were applicable in the 1940's. However, the last 3rd of this very lengthy story just got lost. The author spent more time psychoanalyzing the characters, and the value of understanding and forgiveness than on resolving the conflicts in the story. I was actually relieved when the story ended, but then the narrator continued on with a monologue from the author. "Give it up ", I thought, and stopped the recording. I felt like the author or editors were either trying to justify the dismal twist of the story or convert their audience into some belief or another. I didn't not wait to see.
Personally, I'd not say this was a bad book. I came away feeling I had learned some bit more about a world otherwise foreign to me. I DID find myself agreeing with the author's overt lessons about listening, understanding, and forgiving others and oneself for perceived transgressions, and I did enjoy the voice of the narrator, if not his intrepretation of some of the dialogs. However, I also understand that for most readers, these are not necessarily good selling points. Based on the story alone, I found this book wonting. I was very disappointed, and if I were not almost obsessive about finishing books I have started, I probably would have gently set this one aside at the midpoint and moved on.
If you would like to learn more about the Church of England and how it is structured, or a bit more about charismatic healing and the connections between psychic healing, the Church and how Devine energy, focused energy, prayer and mysticism all interconnect (at least according to this author), this is a fine example. But, do not expect a strong story line. It simply is not there. Sorry.
This book started out well. In fact, I enjoyed the book completely for the first 1/3rd of the story, until I realized that this is just a horrific collection of unimaginably gruesome ways for people to die And die they do, one after another, one bloody,paintful and nightmareish way after another. I can tolerate such horror when it is peppered throughout, but in this book, the gore and bloodshed is as thick as peanut butter on a PBJ sandwich. To make matters worse, the actions of the "heros" of this story are so absurd as to be insulting to the reader. As I got into the 2nd half of the book, I began to realize that it was escalating to the point where I was not sure if I wanted to continue. But I kept hoping/expecting something would change. Time after time, just when I thought one character or another would manage to escape some horrific fate, I came to expect disappointment. Before long, I realized that this book was just DARK. The entire story, how it was constructed and how it unfolded, is discouraging, depressing, and frightening, not in what is happening to the characters/victims, but frightening to realize that someone could write such a book, that a publisher would promote it, and that the public might read it. This type of book, these descriptions, in the hands and minds of suseptable people is what scares me. While I do not advocate censorship, I also do not advocate that this book be considered anything but dismal, dark, and DANGEROUS. This author scares me, and I will remember the name, as one to avoid. The mind that could write such a book, and consider it worthy ... this is what scares me. I would not want this person for a neighbor.
I was disappointed in this book, but as I have read/listened to quite a few of Lincoln Child's work (alone and with others), I think it may be time for me to set aside this author for a while, as I found this one predictable and so similar to others as to be a bit formulaic. If I were not familiar with his work, I would probably be giving it a much higher rating. However, I must say this is the first time I have found him wonting a bit in his research (on NDE's.) The entire plot was a little trite. As with his other books, I find myself curious about the location of this story, and about the history he describes, so if you are interested in ancient Egypt and the early pharohs, you might find this to be a great choice. The narrator does a fine job. I will watch for his name elsewhere, and Mr Child's descriptions are engaging and very effective. He has a superb talent for descriptions and action. For all of that, if you are familiar with Mr. Child's work, you may find this one a bit of a letdown, as did I. Not saying it is a bad book, just that, for me, it was just too much like his others to stir me.
I loved this book. It is a view of life on a late 18th century Virginia tobacco farm, as seen through the eyes and words of two young girls into adulthood. When I realized it was a story about the life of slaves, I was concerned. Often such stories are stages for gruesome descriptions and a place to revisit past horrors. I avoid such presentations. However, that is NOT what I found here. It does not minimized the difficulty and injustice of the practice of slavery and indenture, but it focuses more on the emotional and social lives of the characters than on any physical abuses. Such events are clearly referenced, but their descriptions are thankfully left to the readers' imaginations, where they belong. The story is, as expected, a sad tale, and I cried many times throughout the book. I became totally engrossed in the characters and their lives in a way I rarely experience. This author had a remarkable talent for conveying the inner feelings of the characters.
The narrators did an equally remarkable job. The producers are to be commended for not trying to use a single person to try to take the roles of two completely different girls/women, one an Irish immagrant forced into indenture through the death of her parents and the other a Black girl born into her slavery.
There was no part of this story that did not ring true; it is completely believable. Don't forget to listen to the epilog that follows. It will explain why it is so remarkable.
I suggest that this book would appeal to all races, as it does not focus on the morality or brutality of the acts of slavery, but rather on a period in our early American history, on the social structures and complexities of the period, and on just plain old human behavior.
Until the mystery was revealed, I would have sung the praises of this book. It was full of some well-developed characters and a lot of action and excitment. What is killing these people and how can they find it? The narrator was excellent, and the story moved well. I didn't want to stop listening for most of it. But, when the true nature of the creature was revealed, I felt a little disappointed, almost cheated. I will not reveal the secret, and will add that others may not find the answer to be as disappointing as did I. However, once I understood, the story seemed to drag. Steve, the hero in this story, kept forgetting to do the one thing that was at the heart of the success or failure of his efforts, and I found myself trying to TELL him to just DO it. When the climax had been met, the author insisted on an epilog, which only served to provide a bit more delay. I have never read any of this author's books, but I will look closely at the plotline before I dive in again. It is not a bad book or a bad story. As a metaphor, it is an excellent example of how we can lose our way and self-destruct, but I was not looking for a life-lesson. I was just looking for some plain ol' decadant fiction. Oh, well... For others, this may well be an excellent read (listen), and an inspiration to rethink how we live.
I have become a fan of Mr. Preston, but came away disappointed a bit. The story went well enough and I found it typical of his work ... full of mystery, odd characters, and a well-painted backdrop in which to play out the story. I must say I found the narrator's voices for some of the characters didn't quite seem to match the situations, but this is a small distraction. But, when it became apparant what the plot truly was, I began to lose interest. I found it just too far-fetched to be satisfying. I suspect this is just MY personal perspective, and would not be surprised to find others who were as excited as I was dismayed. But, once I had accepted the plot, I continued to listen. However, I was truly let down with the ending. It felt like the author had painted himself into a corner with this story-line, and was in as much of a hurry to finish it as I was. I am not saying this was a bad book or story. I have a very singular view on God and faith and all things spiritual. It was on this level that I felt at odds with this story. It felt like the author was rationalizing or sterilizing the essence of faith and justifying the pragmatic scientific approach to our existance and our faith. For many, perhaps even most, his story may be satsifying. For me, it just felt lame. I have not given up on Douglas Preston, but I will view his work a bit more skeptically for a while.
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