Elizabeth Lesser's framing of how we can learn from bad experiences should be required reading for everyone in their 20's. We'd all ignore it perhaps, but maybe some of it would stick as we mature and grow. If you have never considered what your "take-aways" or lessons learned are from really bad experiences, then read this book. Even if you understand this at your core, then read this book. I enjoy the framework that she uses especially in the last portion of the book to talk about what is possible. The parts that I didn't enjoy about listening to the book were twofold. I felt as if the narrator was talking in too "airy-fairy" a voice and was sing-songy. It made the text sound preachy and I don't think that was Lesser's intent. She seemed to modulate herself about halfway through the book, or maybe I just numbed out to the irritation because I wanted to get through the content.
The second thing that I didn't appreciated as much was the metaphor of a hero's journey that Lesser applied to her own life. I think she was trying to apply perhaps, some objectivity? But I think it came off as seeming smug or not really taking accountability for the harm she inflicted on others. Calling her extra-marital affair a journey with her "Shaman Lover", I thought was a bit affected. Come on Ms. Lesser, you cheated on your husband- simply put. Your other descriptions of what it was, were very well written and you did accept accountability, but I felt put off by some of the labels that didn't seem quite as useful as the rest of your writing.
Having said ALL of that, I still recommend reading the book, but this may be one that is better read than listened to.
At the top of the list. This was a true story and one that will stick with me on many levels. It is a story of true endurance, amazing leadership and sheer determination. This book was jaw droppingly amazing. The conditions they had to deal with and how they survived is simply incredible. Worth every minute of your time. Put yourself in their boots! Would you have been able to do it? I wouldn't!
The various men in the crew. There wasn't a favorite. But you have to admire Shackleton's ability to hold a crew together. Simply amazing.
He kept me totally captivated and excited throughout the story.
OMG- How did anyone live through all of that?
Curl up somewhere warm while you read this.
Yes. I would highly recommend this book to my friends. The story is beautifully told, the characters so well developed and the human emotions are woven in so elegantly. While it is a strong story of love, loss and life and death and family and forgiveness, it is however not maudlin or overwrought. There are some graphic surgical scenes in it which may make some readers uncomfortable but they are not gratuitous. They add to the tension in the story. I also loved the settings and contrast between Africa and the US. And the descriptions of the culture (and food) in Addis Ababa.
I was not sure what to expect when I purchased it but it is well worth the credit and I would have paid full price for the book. It is well worth it. Simply beautifully done.
Life of Pi and Kite Runner
When Marion found out that his brother Shiva had betrayed him.
Yes, but I would have been still for a long time! The good news is that it would have been a happy long time. I looked forward to my commute morning and evening to listen.
The narrator has a beautiful voice and handled the variety of accents easily. I would recommend him highly as a narrator.
I don't have the print version, so I cannot comment on it. However, I will say that Kate Mulgrew's reading of this book is one of my all time favorites. Ms. Mulgrew caught the essence of each of the characters effortlessly and and brilliantly. I hope to see more readings from her in the future and would listen to anything she has recorded. Her accents were interesting and switching from male to female was also flawless. She really gave a true audio performance.
The book itself was very, very enjoyable. The characters were those with human struggles in very unusual circumstances. I liked the theme of the book of both living in one's creative thoughts and the human world which all of us do. It was one of the few books that I really did not want to out down! It's also nice and long, which I enjoy. I didn't want it to end.
And kudos to Mr. Hill for writing a believable and touching story about a woman and motherhood.
I had previously read Joe Hill's story- " Horns", but enjoyed this book much more.
She had so much courage and mother energy even though she didn't so much have a model for how to be a great mom.
Bing, Bing, you malevolent thing! Ms.Mulgrew captured the childlike qualities of this crazy man but also his evilness. Loved it!
Lou. He had a big role to Olay and was s loving and supportive under ver chalking times.
Go read it!
I bought this series of books because I was going on a long flight. I didn't think I'd like them all that much. But I was wrong. They are a bit reminiscent of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon but they have quite their own charm. The tension between the two main characters is delicious and I stayed up a few nights longer than I should have to get to a "stopping" point. (there weren't many) I read all five right in a row and honestly wanted more. The addition of the male narrator in later books didn't add to the story but weren't a big distraction either. Well done Ms. Moning. I enjoyed all five thoroughly.
This is an example of Susan O'Malley having a hard act to follow. Barbara Rosenblatt has read all the prior Amelia books, and frankly Ms. O'Malley's narration was dreadful. She made Amelia and Emerson sound like the Bickersons rather than lovers. I couldn't get through an hour of it. The Last Camel Died at Noon is a wonderful book but make sure you purchase the one narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
I had always heard of the Bataan Death March but knew none of the details. I am not normally a war type reader, but this was a very wonderful blending of individual stories of the courage and stamina and in some cases, sheer luck these individuals faced. You hear that war is "brutal" and this book brought this to life graphically, but not gratuitously. What these soldiers faced was beyond the limits of human endurance, and yet they prevailed. There is a reason why these folks are part of the "greatest generation". I agree with another reviewer that said this should be required reading before anyone enters a war. I was moved, horrified, informed and enlightened for reading this book.I had no idea of the horrific nature of what the Bataan Death March required and inflicted and what these soldiers continued to face afterwards. I highly recommend the book (and I am a female reader). The only reason that I did not give it a five star rating was the narrator. I felt as if at times I was listening to a 1940's radio announcer. His voice really grated on me. However, the story was so compelling and well done that I was able to stick with it. Thank you to Michael and Elizabeth Norman for an amazing book.
If you like Neil Gaiman, and if you like Terry Pratchett, you're going to adore this book. What a great pairing of authors and a wonderful narrator. There is enough snarky humor in this little story to go around to the Brits and the Americans. It's well written, made me laugh out loud and I couldn't wait to get to it each day. If you don't enjoy British humor, you may not enjoy this book or understand the subtleties. However, anyone who can make you laugh at the Apocalypse and has the Four Horsemen on motorcycles is awesome in my opinion. Well done!! Thank you Mr.s Gaiman and Pratchett! Do another one please?
This book was nicely written and kept my interest. The story of Ms. Walls' grandmother captured how difficult living conditions were making a living on a ranch out west in the earlier part of the century. I would recommend the book. The only criticism I have is that I think a more professional narrator would have done a better job. Rather than really getting immersed in the story, I felt as if someone was reading to me. But it was not terrible. I just think one of the other audible narrators would have done a better job.
This is an absolutely delightful book which the whole family can listen to. Although it is couched as a "kids" book- I recommend it to the adults too. It is nice to have an action oriented book with the main character being a girl. The characters are well developed, the narrator is terrific, and the story holds your interest the entire way through. There are some really funny moments in the book (especially involving the cat and the wee men)! I heartily recommend the book whether your 8 or 50+!
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