I bought this book because Colin Firth was the narrator, audible put out one of those message, an email maybe, suggesting famous actors as narrators.and I decided to give this one a try. I felt like I'd read GG somewhere in the past although I couldn't remember what book it was. I really enjoyed Mr Firth as a narrator. He seemed to bring the book to life, put a lot of feeling into it and in the end, and probably most important, as the book went on I didn't think about who the author was, I was just listening to the story. The book itself did keep my interest although it was a bit more intellectual than I would normally listen to. Anyone who has ever been involved in an affair of any kind with a breakup would appreciate the emotions brought out here although this one went to the extremes. But then the story morphed into a discussion of believing in God, the Catholic church, and the meaning of life, the affair became a backdrop. I suppose in the UK after WWII, when this book was written, these kinds of thoughts were prevalent although I understand more of Europe has become more agnostic over the years as it seems the US has. It was a short listen and if you enjoy these kinds of topics you'll likely enjoy this story.
Audible gave this book to members as a Thanksgiving present. I was intrigued with Anne Hathaway as the narrator. As I listened to it I thought back to the movie which I started watching as a kid many moons ago. I tried to remember if the colors and visual images I was getting from listening to the story were the same as the movie. I assume so. At its core, this is a children's book. It made me wonder if this wouldn't be a good book to introduce children to audiobooks? Maybe so
This is the third book in this series set in Maine with two Amish families trying to resuscitate an abandoned apple orchard. The author states it was originally intended to be a trilogy but she needs one more book, #4, to bring the series to closure. I'm not sure what you call a four book series? At the core of this series it's about two brothers that love the same woman and she loves them both, just in different ways. Ms. Woodsmall's strength as a writer is her character development and her insight into human nature and relationships. She uses these talents to bring the characters and the story to life. I really enjoy her books. I'll anxiously await book #4 next year.
First time author, this book was recommended to me by several people. We all have moments in our lives where we remember exactly where we were when we heard some momentous news. JFK's death was one of those times for me. I was 12 years old in 6th grade and it was lunch time. One of the teachers came by some of us standing outside the school building and said that the president had been shot. We all went back into the classroom. The 5th grade from across the hall came in and shared our seats while our teacher, Mrs. Kessler, put the radio on. We were all sitting there when the announcer came on and said the president was dead. There was a lot going on in the US and world during JFK's last 100 days and the author delves into his life in great detail going over it almost day by day. it started with his second son, Patrick, passing after being alive just a few days. There was a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Civil Rights Bill he was trying to get voted on (which LBJ finished), Vietnam was in the early days and JFK was refusing to put combat troops on the ground and instead wanted to decrease the number of advisers. The author goes into his womanizing in great detail, his relationship with Jackie and kids, really every aspect of his life at that time. This book isn't like a thriller where you can't put it down but it was interesting enough that you wanted to keep with it. I, like many Americans of the time, was fascinated with all things Kennedy after this. It's a well done story.
When a new James Lee Burke book comes out narrated by Will Patton, I know I'm going to like it, no question. This one was no different. In western Montana for summer vacation, trouble naturally finds Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcell. Throw in an especially nasty bad buy and some very colorful characters and you have the makings of a good yarn. Burke's insight into human nature, his character development and the way Patton brings it out with his narration are second to none. If you've ever thought about listening to a book and haven't, these guys would be a great way to start. It's amazing how much life a narrator can bring to a good story. Enjoy!
First time author, got this book via an audible special. It's listed as a novella, too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel. The author himself was an ambulance drive in WWI. This book, his first one, clearly must've been taken from his personal experiences. It starts with a 19 year old American on a troop ship to France wondering what he's doing. He doesn't want to travel overseas, doesn't want to fight in a war, has no real desire to see France, he's just along because he has to. He thinks it's all absurd. The story gives his impressions as he reaches France, begins to meet French people not involved with the war. Then his group begins to move closer and closer to the fighting and they begin to come across soldiers that have been fighting and hearing their stories. They continue moving east to the battle lines and continue to engage with other soldiers and French citizens, talking, drinking wine, chasing the girls, etc. Finally they reach the lines and begin to experience what war is really like, bombings, chemical attacks, air attacks and all the while picking up dead and wounded soldiers. The bombs are constantly going off, soliders cointinue to die and be wounded. They come across French citizens, drink wine, and commiserate with one another on the absurdity of war, governments that cause them, what they can do to keep them from happening but, in the end, they go back into battle. All they really want to do is survive and go home and that is in question every single moment when at the front.
Let's start with the fact that Greg iles is a great writer, one of my favorites. In this story, set in Natchez, Mississippi and with his usual protagonist Penn Cage, there is dog fighting, prostitution, money laundering via riverboat gambling, lots of crime and some really bad people doing really bad things. The author does a good job of weaving all of this evil into a story where he's also telling about life in the new Old South. Iles' books are always taught mysteries where you relate to the characters, at least the good ones. Iles states on his website that this book in a prelude to his trilogy which has the first book in it, "Natchez Burning" coming out in 2014. I listened to this book partly to get ready for the trilogy as Iles does state the trilogy takes off from this book and in the end of the book, it's clear there is more to come. I recommend all of the author's books. One complaint I did see in the audiobook reviews is that some listeners don't like Dick Hill as the narrator. I do believe another narrator might be a more perfect fit, like Will Patton is to James Lee Burke's books. While Hill is OK, in the beginning you think about him also narrating the Jack Reacher series but I find, at least for myself, that once I get into the story that I'm not thinking about who the narrator is. A good narrator can really bring a book to life, of that there is no doubt.
First time author, sort of, saw a TV movie in the last year with the story written by this author, Linda Castillo, and it was interesting enough that I looked her up on audible and this book is the result. The premise is different, almost hokie, but it's of a gal who grew up Amish in western Ohio. She decides the Amish life isn't for her, which the other Amish don't like, and she leaves and becomes a police officer. Then 15 or so years later she gets hired as the police chief of her hometown. So, now, she knows all the Amish but since she left the faith they will talk to her if it's police business but won't if it's of a personal nature. Small town life at it's best, right? But, at its core this is a crime thriller, that's what the series is about, so this book has a brutal crime involving the Amish and Chief Kate has to work to solve it. With all this said, do you know what? The book was really good. The author got you involved in the characters, you empathize, and the investigative work keeps you guessing and involved and, of course, it had a surprising end. I'll get this author again.
I used to wonder to myself, not too seriously most likely, about how could the USA not have realized what was happening in Nazi Germany with the Nazi takeover and all that it meant. Well, this author debunks my theory as he wrote this book in 1935, well before the start of the actual war. In the book, he paints a plausible picture about what a fictional fascist takeover might look in the USA. It looked much like what was happening in Germany at the time but incorporated American values and institutions and how they be won over to the cause. The person who was elected President ran on a 15 point program, three of which were; 1. anti-Jewish (unless they had very, very large sums of money to contribute); 2. anit-Black (their income had to be capped at $5,000 tops per individual; 3. anti-female (their place was in the home). The story is told through the eyes of a journalist that ran a small town newspaper who termed what was going on a "comic tyranny" and in listening to the book much of it did seem comic. But I wonder how often in the beginning of the Nazi takeover in Germany many of the rank and file, people like you and me, thought what was happening was comical until it became real. And, remember, the author wrote this in 1935 and seemed to have a very good idea of what was really going on. It brought to mind the thought I have sometimes and most others do as well where you think, ah, that won't ever happen, then it does.
First time author, 150,000 British and American servicemen deserted in World War II, not something most of read/hear about when discussing this war. The author follows several soldiers through their military and WWII experiences outlining what lead up to their desertions. What you learn is that soldiers deserted for every reason there is, the full spectrum; some just decided they didn't want to fight in a war, some experienced the war and decided it sucked and decided they would take prison over the grave, while many fought in the front lines for months on end with death staring at them daily and they just cracked, they couldn't take it anymore. The story follows the campaigns and describes the situations that led to some of the desertions, why and how they happened, what happened after the desertions, and how they ended up in the end. Many of them didn't regret what they did but they were haunted by those that didn't desert and paid the ultimate price. Being a vet myself from the Vietnam era although I didn't serve in Vietnam, you wonder how you would handle the heat of battle, you hope you would be OK but unless you do it, you never really know. Out of all I have heard and read about any war is that "War is Hell".
Book #4 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. This one was set at a remote resort on a lake somewhere around Montreal. Like all of the earlier books in the series, while you are experiencing the book there seem to be 4-5 characters that you honestly believe could have committed the murder. But the Chief Inspector methodically works through the clues in figuring it all out. In this story there was a very wealthy but dysfunctional family staying at the resort at the same time as Gamache and his wife, so he's there when the murder happens and the whole story takes place right there. One of Louise Penny's strengths, along with her great character development, is her insight into human nature. There is one particular quote in this book that struck a chord with me and is central to the book's theme. For someone who has suffered a loss it is "lament what you've lost but be happy for what you have". I'll look forward to #5!
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