Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Brooklyn Bridge, history or engineering.
It is a story of many hardworking people who had vision and perseverance. It was frustrating at times to listen to the book when it was describing the politicians and their obnoxious behavior. It made the chief engineer seem that much greater that he had to deal with their insulting and costly behavior. The chief engineer suffers the "bends" and long lasting consequences in which he has to direct the bridge building through letters he dictates to his wife. She is his eyes, ears, feet and takes the physical role he is unable to.
She is the heroine of the story.
He has a firm fatherly voice that sounds as if he was there telling the story. He has feeling in his voice that communicates the suppressed anger of the engineer, the joy of the workers and onlookers, and the magic feeling of tying Brooklyn and New York together.
He has a tenderness when talking about the chief engineer's wife, who is essential to the story.
Dan Brown is great at what he does. He delivers a fast paced story with lots of cool twists in it. I like a lot of different genres, he seems to have created his own genre. This is one of his best books ever.
I would compare it to his other books. If you like his books, you will like it. The story unfolds with the main character not understanding what is going on. You find out with him.It is fun.
He carries the energy of the story. You can feel through his voice. He brings out all the characters.
I liked looking up the locations on my phone while listening to his descriptions. There are places in Turkey and Venice that are amazing.
I have listened to a lot of books, it is among the best.
I learned the story of India from the revolution on through an amazing story that allows you be a part of that history. The rhythym and timing of storytelling is amazing.
Awesome! The indian accent and the rolling voice was like music. I laughed many times as well and every other emotion.
Every emothion is felt reading this book.
Change the story
The story makes you think. What would you do if? How would your own story be different if you had went this way vs that, or responded this way instead of that. The story takes place in England during the first and second world wars. If you enjoy history from that period you will enjoy it more. The main character asks questions and thinks about the meaning of life, and her beliefs in the backdrop of war. If you like thinking about those kinds of questions, you will enjoy the book.
Her voice is lovely and carries you into the story. There are times where German is spoken and she does this well. She conveys the feelings of the character, making the actions of the character more understandable.
There were so many moving places, it is hard to say one. The stories related to being in the bomb shelters during the blitz in England during WWII got me the most. Images the author paints in your mind come into view slowly, like a fog clearing, and once you see, a simple dress takes on a whole new meaning.
This is a very different book. The story is told and retold with different possiblities. It takes a little getting used to at first. The author ties elements in that helps it make sense, and makes you realize, that one change, changed everything.
This is a favorite book that I have listened to a number of times. If you want a loving relationship, this book helps you recognize your own ego and your conditioning which get in the way. I will notice now when it is my ego. I will notice, "oh, that is just conditioning" and be able to let it go. I will be reminded that the ego is never satisfied and does not know how to love. Sometimes we tell stories to support our ego in being "right", this book reminds us that we can choose to be right, or be in love.
This book is music to my ears. " the truth shall set you free"...learning to differentiate between ego and essence makes life and all relationships so much easier.
I have read most of Gina Lake's books, but this is the only one I have on audio. I hope all of her books go on Audible. I prefer listening to reading, it is like bathing in words I need to hear. Her words bring me back to my own essence.
I enjoyed the history of the development of the first antibiotics. I might listen again in a few years after reading other books with intersecting histories.
I liked the way it showed the connection of external forces like war, the need for a company to make money on their R&D, and the scientists perseverance in pursuing the possibility of finding a drug to kill bacteria.
The part of the story that told about a disaster of mixing sulfa with a chemical to make it drinkable, which turned out to be poisonous which led to the FDA regulation of drugs being released to the public.
No, I listened over a number of settings
All of us have benefitted from antibiotics, this is relevant to all of us.
I actually listened to it twice. The second time I kept a notebook handy to right down suggestion of other books to do and things to try. I also bookmarked it on my phone audible app.
I have not listened to anything else by this author.
This is a non-fiction book, but he talks about the Hero's story, like Homer, and how the story is what we are wired for. He has grat book suggestions if you want more on the story.
Develop the right side of the brain and use this book as a jump off.
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