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Jimmy Carter narrates this collection of memories of Christmases past. While his voice does not provide me with the most pleasant narration, there is something to be said for someone telling his own story in his own voice. This was a quick listen and I enjoyed learning more about Carter's life through his Christmas memories, which are touching, humorous and inspiring. Carter doesn't boast, but looks back on his life with reflection and gratitude. Regardless of your political persuasion, this is worth some of your time during the holiday season.
To me, classic Picoult: well told, emotionally manipulative book. That said, I did enjoy it. Picoult does have a great way of weaving a tale, and this one of 13 year-old Jenna trying to locate her missing mom is sweet and surprising. I thoroughly enjoyed the elephant details (they are my favorite animal) and the few twists that show up along the way. Great relaxing read, but not exceptional literature.
I liked, but didn't love, this story of a golem (clay creature created to be human-like and serve a master) and jinni whose lives cross paths in early 1900s New York City. It took a bit too long to get to the crux of the story and while one reader might think the additional details added to the story, I felt they took away from it as too many characters were introduced that had small parts throughout the book, but not enough to hold onto who that person was and their significance. There could have been some simplification to strengthen the final story. Despite that frustration of mine, I was interested through the end and curious as to where the story would lead.
This came recommended so I was looking forward to the listen, but finally have it up about one-third of the way through. I'm not sure if it was the uninspired narration or the story that went no where fast that caused me to give up. I felt bad about quitting, but within 5 minutes of my next book I was glad I did.
First comment on the audio: of course they are poor quality. They were recorded with old equipment in the 60s. I get that. I just mention the poor quality because it does make it hard to listen to when there are other noises--like road noise when driving, or environment noise when out for a walk.
Two things make this worth the listen: hearing MLK's voice and message and the introductions for each sermon, each intro by a different person. I so appreciated understanding the context of the sermon or the person MLK prior to hearing his message, and does he give a good message! I also appreciate that MLK's message was consistent. This has been worth my time and reflection.
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
What a way to start a book. Lydia is a teenager, the middle of three children in a mixed-race family (Asian and Caucasian)of the 60s and 70s. The book is an exploration of why and how Lydia is dead. This isn't a murder mystery or suspense novel, it is a delicate emotional and social investigation of the family, so carefully done that you feel you are a secret member of the family, watching it all unfold, sometimes knowing, and other times not, what is about to happen and what the untold things are. It is definitely worth your time.
If you love The Princess Bride you will love this book. Hearing Cary Elwes tell his stories and share the recollections of his castmates was completely enjoyable. His writing is poor and he jumps all over the place, but I still enjoyed it.
A stunning and fascinating exploration of military plane crashes in Greenland during WWII and the men who lived, died, and survived. I had a hard time putting the book down and did a little additional research to answer some questions I had. I recommend this book.
I think I got this book as a daily deal, and I hope so, because it's not worth much money or a credit. The story is about a man whose dreams come true, and not in the "oh look, a puppy!" kind of a way. Rather, the bizarre thoughts that ramble in his unconsciousness kind of a way. There was a brief moment where I thought the book would be quality, but it passed quickly and in the end, ho hum.
Note on narration: why do narrators not confirm the pronunciations of locations? In this one, Willamette is mispronounced throughout the book and all I could think of was the refrain “it’s the Wi-LAM-it, damn it.” Get it right, folks.
Yes, go ahead and run right and get this beautifully told book of a mysterious diamond and its caretakers during WWII. No more should be said than to read it. Now.
This story is touching and enjoyable, and challenges one's assumptions about relationships, care-taking, roles in society and the pre-Civil War south. This certainly isn't a ground-breaking book, but it is a sweet and thoughtful story.
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