1. The issues faced by the main character: love of wife, love of child, the desire to be morally upright on a grand scale as well as on a small scale, PTSD, geographic and social isolation, the dilemma of when and how to obey the law when private morality dictates unlawfulness.
2. The setting of SW Australia in the years immediately following World War I is portrayed very well by Ms Stedman.
The main character is the most interesting because his sense of morality was the turning point of the plot.
The audio quality was poor. The Australian accent was ok, and actually made the story more interesting.
The ending was a tear jerker.
The book makes me want to go on a light house tour.
Yes because it explains the nuts and bolts of LBJ's political savvy in an entertaining way.
LBJ's phone conversation with RFK immediately after the assassination.
On target, well inflected, scholarly without being dry.
If I could sit still that long, I suppose so....
If you love biography, this is as good as it gets.
Excellent character development, excellent portrayal of mental health issues.
Mangos for Maria?
All around satisfying read.
Make the plot less preposterous.
Even though time travel is theoretically possible, it seemed absurd as presented in this book.
Sure, he is a fine reader.
Boredom, I only listened to about 40 per cent of it and gave up.
Many other King novels are better.
This novel starts slowly and as the characters develop, it gathers interest and momentum. The plot starts out as a predictable ho- hum comedy of manners and things spin off in an unpredicted direction. The reader at first sounded hopelessly pompous to me, but by the end, I felt that the reading style complemented the writing.
I recommend this little jewel for anyone who has a six hour drive or six hour plane flight. Fun, fun, fun.
The epilogue was quite effective.
See above. I am not especially predisposed to like this kind of Brit accent.
The two main characters meet in London after some time apart.
Maybe an introductory chapter which describes the overall history of debates as a vehicle to political decision making.
Perhaps make it a bit less Lehrer-Centric. The author focusses on his own first hand knowledge of the debates he has been involved in, which includes most of the biggies over the last thirty years or so. The book would perhaps be a better read if it had a broader scope of discussion.
Yes--good birds eye view of high-powered politicians.
Perhaps. It would depend on who writes the script, and stuff like that.
I like the Lehrer News Hour; I liked a Lehrer novel about bus drivers; however this book was kind of a dud to me.
If you want to learn all the important stuff about Joan of Arc in 45min, this is the way to do it. Fast-paced, entertaining, accurate.
This book sets forth how the Allies, in response to German air-war atrocities, and in response to widespread British desire of for revenge in the wake of the Blitz, proceeded inexorably toward committing their own air-war atrocities. Carpet bombing, or "morale bombing", is traced from its beginning stages through the fire bombing of Dresden a short time before the end of hostilities. I would have enjoyed some more information on to what extent the huge bombing effort against Germany succeeded in slowing industrial production. I would also have liked a more organized statement of what the historical arguments against bombing Dresden have been.
All in all, this is a fine book.
Perfect combination of adventure, coming of age, animals, rural charm.
Fun novel about the rough-and-tumble of criminal law in Los Angelos. Well-developed characters.
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