Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite author of books with an Amish setting. She can really pull on the heart strings and this book is no different. I truly believe she could move away from Amish settings and be just as, if not more, successful than she is now. Her insight into human nature and ability to communicate it is tremendous. I really enjoy the way she can tell stories about good people that happen to be Amish and the good and bad in their lives. I like learning about the Amish way of life. I also enjoy how she brings a Christian way of life into her stories. Enjoy
First time author. I'm not a survivalist and I hope I never regret it. This book paints a scenario where the government becomes so powerful that it starts believing that it has the right to make decisions for the greater good as it sees fit. The protagonist in the story is a person that believes he sees what is happening and starts to take steps for what he believes is coming, something not good for many Americans. Although I do agree there are many things in our lives that could be better, I'm not of the belief that we need to arm and prepare ourselves in all aspects of our life to get ready. But it was very interesting to listen to the perspective the author puts forward as a reasonable scenario where we might all wish we were better prepared for bad things that might be coming down the pike. I truly hope not. With all the crazy things going on in the world right now, you do have to pause and contemplate.
First time author for me. My wife and I listened to this together and both thought it was great. It was well crafted in how the author went back and forth from Garmisch, Germany during the war to present day El Paso, TX and sometimes in between, telling the story of the different characters at the different times. There were parallels during the different times but an overriding there was forgiveness and forgiving oneself. It was a very touching story and I recommend it highly. I read one review as I started the book where the reviewer commented that World War II themes were getting worn out and I disagree with that statement. There were so many different aspects to that war, the different stories that can come out of that dreadful event will likely never stop. Enjoy
In this book, your worst nightmare meets Murphy's Law. This was an interesting, entertaining story but for much of it, I didn't know if I really wanted to keep listening, so many bad things were happening to father and son. I suppose we all, in our wildest dreams, hope that something like this will never happen to us. But, you think, if it did, how would I handle it? It was easy to think they were terribly wrong in how they handled the situation but, in reality, what would you do? I think you don't really know unless you are put in a really bad situation. Towards the end of the book, the pall lifted and it was more like a normal story. The author did come up with a creative, imaginative story.
First time author, that fits into the historical thriller genre. Tasha Alexander is one of several American authors I've come across in the last year that write mysteries set around the turn of the 19th century in London and Paris. I'm not sure what causes them to choose this time frame and geography, maybe an excuse to spend time there researching their stories. This book was set in both London and Paris and had some interesting twists. While not deeply suspenseful it was an interesting listen that was easy to stick with.
I originally listened to this book when it came out 10 years ago, mainly because the author was a professor at the University of Iowa, which I attended, and she is still part of the Iowa Writer's Workshop there even today in her 70's.In the ensuing 10 years she published two more books, "Home" and "Lila" also set in the fictional SW Iowa town, Gilead, with the same characters. After listening to the other two I was intrigued enough to research the author more in depth, trying to better understand what the meaning of her books is. I don't often listen to a book a second time but, in this case, I decided I wanted to. The author is a member of the Congregationalist Church of Christ in Iowa City and sometimes even preaches sermons. She is a thinker, an intellectual, and a deeply religious person. Her books are not typical books where there is an exciting ending, rather she is putting her beliefs on paper in the form of fiction. Her books are, in her way, a sermon on life. In this book, the protagonist, a preacher, marries a much younger woman at age 69 and fathers a child. At age 76 and with the end of his life in sight, his wife suggests he write down his life story, his history and beliefs, so that his son can one day better understand what kind of man his father was. This whole book, "Gilead", is that letter to his son. I suspect other books set in Gilead will be forthcoming some day.
This marks the end of the Centuries Trilogy. It starts in 1961 with the building of the Berlin wall and the Cuban missile crisis. It ends in the late 80's with the fall of the wall. If you've made it this far, you've enjoyed the trilogy. It was an interesting ride, following Russian, German, English and American families through three generations and all of the major events that were big during that time. This book was especially interesting to me as I was 10 years old when the book started and I lived through all the events of the book, it made it seem all the more real.
This isn't a book for everyone, it's a book for thinkers, those who think about God, life, and what iife is all about. Life is what it is is the mantra I took away from the story. A sequel to the author's Pulitzer Prize winning "Gilead", it's also set in Gilead, Iowa with mostly the same characters. This book, however, focuses on Lila, one of the minor characters in the book Gilead. The author has worked at the University of Iowa and its Writers Workshop for the last 25 years. She's a thinker, an intellectual and this, and her other books, are a reflection of the believes she has developed over her lifetime. The author is a member of the United Church of Christ and a follower of the teachings of John Calvin. The more I learned about her in researching her life, it came to me that this is her way to put what she thinks about life and religion into a book as a parable set in a fictional small Iowa town. If you enjoy her books and what they are saying it makes you want to know more.
This was a bit of a different kind of Dept Q story. There is the normal enjoyable banter among the Dept Q members as they work the crime but the chase for Marco dominates the story and to a certain extent Dept Q didn't solve the crime, it almost solved itself. Marco had good guys chasing after him and all kinds of bad guys and the chase was intense. This story had some really bad guys but it didn't seem as dark as some of the other stories by the author. It was still an enjoyable listen along with the other Dept Q books.
What can you say about this book that hasn't already been said, it's a great book. I'd seen the movie 10-20 times over the years but had never read the book. When I came across this audio version narrated by Sissy Spacek I decided it was time to dive into the book. It was excellent.
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