Bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
This book is a must read for all Americans. It truly is an insipring story of survival, resilience and redemption, as the title states. I carved out every minute I could to spend time with this book and find out what would happen to Louie next, how he might, or might not, survive, and what would become of his friends.
Hillenbrand expertly tells the stories of Louie's trials and tribulations during the war--the harrowing air battles, the friendships made and the lives that were lost.
Hermann's narration was, as always, excellent. The only reason for the rating of 4 instead of 5 is that he didn't prounounce Ephrata correctly and having to listen to him incorrectly say it over and over just about made be crazy. I was glad when Louie left training so I didn't have to hear "EFreta" instead of "eFRAYtah" any more.
While the redemption part of the story is the shortest part of the book, it is the most important and most inspiring.
Thank you, Louie Zamperini, for serving your country and allowing this story to be told.
Oh I really wanted to like this, to be inspired by it, to find the amazingness of Swift's tale. But I didn't. Ho hum is what I have to say. I feel bad about that. At least David Hyde Pierce's narration was outstanding.
Humorous story of the failing of the main character's marriage, shortly followed by his father's sudden death. Judd returns to his childhood home where he, his siblings and mother sit shiva for a week. The ensuing details are amusing, touching, tragic, and occasionally annoying. Still, an enjoyable summer read.
I found it fascinating to hear the details about Twain's grand Mediterranean cruise that was months long and involved numerous overland adventures. I especially enjoyed hearing about places I had been and comparing my experience with his. Twain's witticism comes through, but in the end, I just wish he'd stop talking. He was soooooo wordy. And then the end of the book came and, oddly enough, he just stopped talking. They spent seven days in Spain doing an overland adventure and all we got out of it was two sentences saying that went there and went to several places, but he didn't have time to write about it. That made me giggle after wishing most of the way through the book that he would be more succinct. That was a bit much.
Fischer's biography of Champlain is a great read and provides further knowledge and insight into the life of this early French explorer. Having spent time in Upstate New York and other New England states as a child, a recognized many of the places described in the book and I enjoyed adding to my historical knowledge of places I've been. I knew little of Champlain prior to reading the book, and I now view him as not only an explorer of lands, but more importantly as an ambassador to a new world. According to Fischer, unlike many of his contemporaries, Champlain went to the new world, and its inhabitants, with open arms, interested in building relationships, not war. There is much we can learn from Champlain and apply to our lives today.
As always, Edward Herrmann's narration is excellent.
Let's begin with the narration: Edward Hermann is one of the best narrators around, and I often choose books because he is the narrator. He once again delivers a fabulous reading that enhances the story being told.
Parkland is the detailed look of the four days in November 1962 when the Parkland Hospital became a central part of the story of the JFK, and then Lee Harvey Oswald, murders. The story is greater than that of the hospital, and the details and what seems objective retrospective look at what happened were fascinating. JFK's assassination seems to be one of the most dissected moments of US history, with many assumptions and inaccuracies perpetuated through the years. Bugliosi addresses some of these, and offers reasonable explanations as to why some of the decisions were made the way they were, even though 50+ years later we still debate the decisions. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys history.
Interesting memoir of a man and his bar. Moehringer shares his upbringing and the influence of the local bar on his life, the examples (both positive and negative) that were offered there, the encouragement and discouragement he received, and his longing for belonging. It certainly offered an interesting social commentary about the sense of belonging in our society and it encourages me to think about where we might find that outside of a bar.
Quite enjoyable and I understand why this story captivated Walt Disney and countless little children. As with any book-to-movie, there is more in the book...who knew Jane and Michael and twin siblings? Travers' imagination was strong and the story of Mary Poppins, and her impact on the Banks family is still valuable today.
I listened to the book, and it is an outstanding listen, with two different narrators voicing Sarah and Handful. I continue to enjoy Kidd's books, her attention to detail and her ability to weave a great story. As Sarah and Handful grow up, each exploring their own limitations, hopes and moments of courage, I was caught up in their story and wondered how I might have responded to their challenges, whether I be Sarah or Handful. This book is well worth the read/listen.
This was an interesting book and challenged assumptions I had about our prison system and they type of people I'm them, some assumptions I wasn't consciously aware I had until reading this book. Kerman's story is told in an authentic manner, and while she addresses some of her biases, it does not come across in a preach-y manner. I think it's rare to get the insight she offers in a mostly objective manner that is as popularly read as this book is. I don't think I'll bother with the tv show; I don't want to suffer the perversion of the book into something more flashy for tv. I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you're up for a nonfiction tale of our modern day prison system, then by all means, grab this book.
I listened to this book, narrated by Lowe, and I would let him read the fine print on my prescriptions to me. Dreamy. Content-wise, this is not as strong of a read as his previous book, however there were stories and insights to enjoy. I am particularly appreciative of how he talks about his wife of 22+ years with love and reverence. It's refreshing when so many celebrities go through wives like the go through toothbrushes. Bravo, Rob. If you put out another book I'll probably listen to that one, too.
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