Well-written. The style is such that you don't notice it. The book has plenty of action, dealing with the Nazi's and concentration camp life, but it is more a love story than a tale of World War II.
One learns in the opening pages that Lenka (sp) is the lost wife who Joseph finds at a wedding reception when they are in their 80s. Their stories proceed separately from that point with Lenka starting with her childhood in Prague and Joseph looking back at various events in his post-Prague life in the U.S. I stuck with the book, but I became impatient with Joseph's story. George Guidall does his typical superb narration but he can't really bring much life to Joseph who has the passive story, assessing his life from old age. Lenka's story is the active one, which is the larger part of the book and fairly interesting.
I've read 8 or so Sharpe books and enjoyed them all. This one, however, fell a bit short. Sharpe is learning the ropes as to how to lead, having recently been appointed lieutenant. That's interesting. But his love interest is a stretch and his joinder with the Spanish is as well.
A very good story, wonderfully narrated. But, this is one of those books where the protagonist, an intelligent, well grounded, and educated person, does some dumb things (and one really dumb thing). Mysteries often have characters you otherwise like doing dumb things. Otherwise, there might not be must of a mystery. Characters, thus, must do some dumb things to get themselves in a mess. Then, they and others can help the dig themselves out of the hole.
In this book, the actions taken by the protagonist can, I suppose, be justified by an impulse to panic that overrides the rational mind. If you can accept this proposition, then you will enjoy the book.
I liked the book, but I found it slightly less interesting than the previous ones in the series (3 of them I think). The vampire aspect was a bit strange since it has Lady Georgeanna (sp?) wondering if there really are vampires. She has seemed so down to earth and rational in the prior books that I was a bit put off by her fear that there really might be vampires. It didn't ruin the book. I still liked it, just not as much.
The story is loosely based on a true story. The main character is a no-nonsense, admirable young woman who becomes a leader of her prisoner group, likely saving many lives, and who eventually becomes an entrepreneur in the Australian outback restoring life to a town which is a mere shadow of its former self in the gold rush years. The prisoner portion of the story is quite interesting (though its not clear there ever was a march like this). When the story moves to Australia, for a good part (at least 1/2 the book) I found myself rather bored. I wish I had had a hard copy so I could have skimmed the last portion. All in all, the book would have been better as a long New Yorker or Atlantic magazine article. It isn't exciting and reads, a bit like a report, which isn't the narrator's fault.
Like another reviewer, I'm about half way through and now I'm skipping through chapters to see what happens. My problems. To describe the protagonist as "strong willed," as the synopsis does, understates the matter. She needs to be "strong willed" while in captivity but the way she behaves in the long and frequent discussions of her family and husband is quite irritating. Spoiled and insensitive to others, she is quick to pick up on insults and not a forgiving person.. The narrator is ok. Maybe it's the character she is reading, but the emphasis she puts on dialogue I find too strident.
A well written, good story with a superb narration. I thought it a bit long, but that may be because I listened to it mostly in short sessions. There were a couple of unexplained matters that bothered me and the book ends with a number of story lines coming together in a believable, but remarkable way.
The only thing I knew of Robinson Crusoe was two guys, RC and Friday, stranded on a desert island. The story is a good one but I was surprised to see The Guardian list is as the no. 2 in the ranking of English novels. For today's reader, the fact that RC traded in enslaved Africans and saw nothing wrong with slavery is a downer. The occasional killing of animals for sport likewise. And, he had a dog for about 15 years who he never named! Or, didn't bother to reveal his name. He gets "religion" half way through but his proclamations of God's goodness seem shallow. When Friday asks him why, if God is all powerful,as RC tells Friday, doesn't God do away with the devil, RC has no answer, At least he acknowledges it to be a tough question.
Simon Vance's narration is top notch.
And, if like me, you want to educate yourself about classics of literature, the book is worth a listen.
Warren's personal story is interesting and it supports the sincerity of her policy positions. She writes of a sad chapter in our history and presents hard facts of how the banking industry and Wall Street, control so much of what Washington does. Through federal legislation, these vested interests, who mouth support for a free market, are subsidized by ordinary taxpayers.
I think one should know that the main characters, the Grimke sisters, did exist and did the things the book describes. The author tells that in the epilogue. I would save the details of the true story to the last, where the author places it. But, knowing Sarah Grimke was a real person takes away any doubt you have as a listener that the story is realistic.
We listened to this book as we drove across the country to visit the battlefield. There is nothing bad to say about the book. Assuming one has not studied the battle, one learns a tremendous amount.
Report Inappropriate Content