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I listened to this lecture over a week-end as a retreat. The unhurried nature of Tolle's voice, his silence and his humor all made for a relaxing and educational experience for me.
This was my book club's choice for our January meeting. I listened to it twice between Thanksgiving and New Year's. As I listened for the first time, it seemed to be filled with unfinished stories: why was Judy brought it at all? How come the brother never makes an appearance? Do 3rd world families really treat handicapped children as gifts? The second time listening, I wondered it the author had trouble fixing the story to meet the end he wanted. Although Tin Win was honest with his American wife about his feelings, he did not win my admiration as a character. The love story was drowned under the bad writing.
Louise Erdrich has composed a beautiful story about life. As Faye, the main character reflects on her life, she is drawn into other lives past and present. Finding and keeping the drum in order to find it's "true owners" provides the opportunity for Faye to learn more about herself and her mother. The writing is succinct, but not spare. I thought the narrator did an excellent job with this book. At one point, I had to check the narrator because I was convinced it was two narrators.
I discussed this book with a friend who had read it and not cared for the story. "Which story was true?' she asked me. Who cares? I said. The big part of this book was Pi's struggle, coming to terms with and using his spiritual life. That was the thread that connected all the unconnected pieces together. Pi's open mindedness was refreshing. He saw no problem with being a practicing Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Would that more of us felt that way! As to which story is "true?" I like to believe the one with animals.
This book should be required reading in high school. In it, Skloot covers biology, history, family dynamics, socio-economic problems and ethics. I enjoyed this story and the way it's told. I had to put it down often to absorb the story and deal with my feelings. I experienced, shame, anger, pride and pity among others. The narrator is sensitive to the flow and energy of the book. She's relating a story, a true story.
This book contained many of the items I love in a good story: there was travel to 3 continents, the US, Australia and England. It was multi-generational covering four generations of women in a family. It had a hint of mystery. Careful listening and remembering details will help the listener unravel the mystery. It was a book within a book in that the stories of the fictional authoress were part of the story. The story stretched from the 1920's to present day and wasn't told in chronological sequence. There was a touch of romance, not entirely unexpected and not surprising, either. If you grew up loving fairy tales, as I did, this is a wonderful read. It's both magical and realistic.
I would recommend this short story to a friend. It puts a fresh perspective on our current attitudes toward patriotism in the United States. I think this story would make great discussion for young people. This story exemplifies the heartache that can happen when we speak in the heat of the moment. A calm head and a moment's thought could have changed the character's life.
The best thing about this story is that it is short. It can be listened to in just over an hour between longer listens.
Jim's voice is pleasant to listen to. He did not sound judgmental during the reading.
Speak in haste, repent at leisure.
Very close to the top. The narrator was clear. The words of the book drew the most fantastic pictures.
I know very little about Japan and their lifestyle. I hope this book was historically accurate as well as compelling. I had a hard time stopping it once I started.
Memaiha. A strong, confident woman willing to help another. She was clever and she knew how to use it.
I laughed and cried. I was sorry when it ended. What happened to Sayuri's sister? Although Sayuri's story was done, it didn't seem finished. A lot like real life.
I just loved that this book tells the story of a private investigator who is not the main character. Or is she? The other stories within this story weave together to paint an incredible picture of love, hate, greed, anger and shame.
The narration is great. Anne Flosnick does a great job with character voices and mood. It's a basic story line: 2 people enter a marriage unwillingly and fall in love. Nice, light "vacation" read. I enjoy the characters and am looking forward to the rest of the books.
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