This audio book is fascinating. It's a bit chilling to hear the First Lady being so candid about the President and their private lives. To able to hear her voice and conversations with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., is a historical dream. You can always read these events, like the Cuban Missile Crisis, but hearing her express her feelings that she wanted to be with JFK and their kids, if something would happen, is something that you can't get from text or even from film. Listening from the actual recordings is awesome because besides the actual conversation, you can hear Jackie Kennedy light her cigarette and inhaling, ice cubes rattling in her drinks, and planes flying in the background. These forgotten detail makes their conversations comes alive. There is one point in the audio book where Schlesinger ask John-John if he miss his father. John-John, which an innocent of a child, responded to him that his father is in heaven. The only way to read this title, is through audio. Wonderful conversations.
I really hope that Netflix does a documentary on "The Viral Storm." I think that is the only way for the mass to be more aware of outbreaks of pandemic that will eventually make mankind extinct. Awesome and frighten information from Nathan Wolfe. Vast information on biotech and how vaccines gets develop from its viruses. Hope to watch it one day on my Queue because television is the only way to inform everyone on any potential pandemic. Not enough of us reads anymore, other than checking our friends' status.
(In the audio version of Edge of Eternity, the epilogue is cut off. Right before our 44th President and the quoting of William Shakespeare. Hopefully, Audible will get this fix. I'm going to go to the bookstore to read the last few lines in the book.)
I was looking forward to the final book of the Century Trilogy and Ken Follett is a remarkable author. I always gasp whenever I start another title from him because I enjoy historical fiction. "Edge of Eternity" expands almost 50 years with JFK's affairs, his assassination, MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, the shot that killed Bobby Kennedy, Watergate, Reagan's administration and ended at Obama’s first election victory.
In between the history, Follett goes in depth with his numerous characters and their lives. Like the Civil Rights movement in the States and how one of the Black female characters became JFK's mistress. She was a White House intern at the time and later be in charge of the State Department.
A rising rock-and-roll star fleeing the dictatorship from the communist and leaving his pregnant lover behind and having a successful career in USA during the free love era. The list goes on and on. There are too many scenarios with other characters.
Although I like this book tremendously and enjoy the random sex scenes, the timeline became too much to crammed into a thousand some odd pages or almost 37 hours. "Edge of Eternity" almost needed to be broken up into two volumes and 200 pages longer to understand the scale of what happened in the past. After the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's death, the book should had ended there to explain more of the fictional characters and their lives of Civil Rights and the past war with Cuba with John F. Kennedy.
Ken Follett writes about sex to be erotic and that is one thing that I have always enjoyed in the Century Trilogy, but I also think that the author is getting sloppy with the dirty deed. The sex became too random throughout the book, where I thought that I was reading an young adult novel. After a while, I got my mind to ignore the love making and focus onto the end.
Am I disappointed in the trilogy? It's really hard to say. I really like the second book the most out of the three because I like knowing more about World War II and the characters were more interesting in "Winter of the World." As for the final book, the timeline was too long for me.
Again, I wished that Ken Follett would had written more into two separate books, but then it would not be a trilogy. Unlike the previous books in the series, most of the characters in the last installment are just "okay." They were just bland and very cookie cutter with the time. I didn't quite enjoy any of them. No one really stuck out. They were very predictable.
I also bought this book to listen to John Lee's performance. He is always outstanding and was the narrator in all three books. Nice touch at naming one of the character "John Lee" in ""Edge of Eternity." My only guess is Follett wanted to thank Lee for his voice in the Century Trilogy.
Maybe because I watched the Berlin Wall come down, the entire story felt less reverent to me.
This is my second time at reading "No One Would Listen," and at the time when my friend let me borrow the book, I thought that it was great. Unless you were living under a rock, you couldn't get away at hearing Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme and his victims. Four years later after Harry Markopolos published his book on how he caught Madoff fraudulent acts, I still find this book to be good.
Maybe a bit over the top from Markopolos and a bit too much about him and not enough about Madoff and his victims, but good enough to purchase the book for my Audible library. I just did a search on the latest news on Bernie and his penthouse on 64th Street just sold for $14.5 million. Now Madoff lives at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium. which cost way more than his penthouse. Nice upgrade.
I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.
Please don't quote me, but I believe that the Mandel series was Hamilton's first. It will be interesting if he veer off more into space opera and somehow introduce us to Commonwealth as I keep listening to this trilogy.
When reading the this book, Hamilton is in one direction. It's very different than what I've read from him in the past.
I only gave "Mindstar Rising" 3 stars because it's like getting introduce to an new author. My mind still need to adjust that there is no space drama and sexy droids in this universe. I'm sure that more stars will be added in the following books as I see Hamilton in a different light.
Just a lot of action in this one.
To sum up the point of the book, when they couldn't drill anymore, they started fracking to get as much old that they can with no regards to anything else. "The Frackers" are a bunch of lottery winners from past black gold. I'm not an environmentalist, but the book is very neutral. The author is very melancholy at where he stands.
"The Frackers" is strictly a biography on the oil tycoons It's too early to tell what fracking is doing to the environment and this book is very lack luster, but I hope that I don't see the day when "Frack You" becomes the new slang.
There is no information on the process of fracking. It's all about the business of chipping for Crude.
My dad customized a 1979 Econoline-150 van with a wheelchair ramp for me. It was the family van, and as I got older, I got the keys to the "Brown Can.". The old goat ran for almost 20 years and got me through college, camping trips,concerts and lots of fun. We were sad to see the beast go. If Ford made an accessible mini van, I would probably have another Ford right now, instead of a Japanese import.
"American Icon" is a true success story that I kept rooting for. There is something about seeing a Ford on the road and having pride in America. One of the best business stories that I've listened to in a long time. Ford had great leadership from the very beginning. A few major hiccups during the dot com era, but thanks to Alan Mulally, Ford is back again.
At one time, my family had all Ford's in the driveway. While they ran over 100k, they all rattle and all of their air conditioners stopped working. Unlike the E-150, they all had the new blue oval logo, instead of F O R D individually stamped out in steel and bolted on the hood.
Probably won't buy another Ford again, unless I need a heavy duty truck and if then I would get a Cummins Diesel.
"Voyager" was much more enjoyable than "Dragonfly in Amber" and I am finally getting into the Outlander series. Claire, Jamie, and Brianna are starting to make sense to me. I am understanding a lot more about the time travel and the different periods of time. Diana Gabaldon is a remarkable writer. I really like her storytelling about the history. Claire becoming a slave owner with Jamie is simply brilliant because Claire left Brianna behind with Frank during the Civil Rights movement in the 60's.
I almost couldn't stop listening to "Voyager." The series finally fired on all cylinders and that is what I was hoping for all along. In "Voyager", it's not all about the family drama between the three, there are new characters in the melting pot, like Jamie's nephew, Young Ian and how he pretty much got raped by another woman and his uncle gave him a pep talk that the penis has no conscience.
How can anybody forget Mr. Willoughby. He is my favorite. I'm really hoping Claire's letter to her daughter will somehow come into play.
My friends are warning me that I'm getting too involve into the series, where I might start to think that I can time travel also. Hopefully, they will have an intervention for me. It's just the price to pay at reading a good book. I can't wait for more.
I found Davina Porter's voice much more enjoyable when I cranked the speed up on my IPod. I really don't like to alter any narrators' voices, but Porter's reading pace is just too slow to pay attention. If you crank the speed up, you get a lot more story than on normal speed, but that is just my preference.
My two younger siblings are both in the medical field. One is a physician and the other one is an anesthetists. We also have other family members are in the same line of work. When all of them get together, they like to talk shop until someone change the subject.
"Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century" from Dr. Kevin Fong is interesting, but also a bit redundant because I pretty much heard it all from my family. The history of medicine and how the human body is so resilient is awesome to listen to, but "Exploration" of medicine is a bit hog wash. I don't quite understand what Dr. Fong is trying to prove.
The cross reference of space exploration and medicine is a bit misleading. I don't see the link between the two when medicine is always evolving. We no longer use our bare hands to operate and microscopic surgery is becoming the norm. I guess what Dr. Fong is trying to say that without space exploration, the progress of medicine will be slower.
I recently read Neil deGrasse Tyson's other book on Audible and found it fascinating. When I got the chance to buy "The Pluto Files" on sale, I was in joy. I find Dr. Tyson to be a genius. This book is more like a 4 hour lecture on why Pluto is not a planet. There is a lot of commentary from Tyson.and snippets of Pluto. If you are into astronomy, "The Pluto Files" is more like a personal blog from an astrophysicist.
"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" is a nursery rhymes for grown ups. Like Jack in the Beanstalk and an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, that we heard in preschool, the 100 Year Old Man will be retold in a old folks home. I'm not sure if there is something missing from the Swedish version, but this book is a complete mess.
Basically, it's about an old man jumping ship from a nursing home and start traveling the world and meeting people like Albert Einstein, Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan and the North Korea dictator. None of this made sense. I almost stopped listening after the first half. Many reviewers compare this book to Forrest Gump, but I did not find 100 Year Old Man humerus. I have no interest at watching the movie either.
Even after finishing the book, I'm not sure if the main character climbed out of the window and disappeared or just having a senior moment.
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