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.
I can't remember what inspired me to buy this book, but when I found it in my library I was a little leery of it. Re-reading the synopsis did not draw me in. However, it was next up in the library, so I began listening to it. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and how quickly it drew me in. The past and present of Victoria's story are intertwined through this novel, using the Victorian meaning of flowers as a story-telling mechanism. Enchanting and interesting. I loved it to the last minute.
China Dolls is not as interesting and compelling book as Lisa See's other novels. This book tells the story of three young "orientals" who meet in San Francisco in the late 1930s, and the journey of their lives over the next several decades. The story at time seemed forced and not as natural as those in See's other novels. The narration is fair at best and did not help to bring life to each character.
The information in this book is good, but I think it might be a better read than a listen. From the narration it seems that the actual book might be one of lists, highlighted boxes, and standard texts. This did not translate well into an audio book. I did finish the book, but am contemplating on getting a print version as reference and to skim over to see what I "lost in translation."
This book is clearly well loved by others, as evidenced by its four star rating and the written comments. For me, this book missed the mark. It wound in circles and never went anywhere. When I read that this was meant to be a short story and then got longer, it made sense to me, as much could have been edited out to create a simpler, more cohesive tale. Or, if you consider the comments of other reviewers, I must not have had much of a childhood if this book didn't speak to me.
This Great Course is an interesting and informative exploration of customs and cultures of the world. With the 30-minute chapters it is easy to listen to in chunks, with insights to each cultural theme or region gained at the end of the chapter. This Great Course would be an asset to anyone, whether an international traveler or not.
I went into this book with trepidation. After all, I didn't want to hear a feminist tell me that either I could, or could not, "have it all." Instead what I experienced was a personal and insightful book about the limitations we as women often put on ourselves, such as the expectations we set for ourselves, our failure to speak-up, and the divisive way we often treat one another.
Sandberg shared her experiences, and those of others she talked to. When offering a generality she even provided her own counterexamples, when such a thing existed. Her writing is not judgmental, but rather enlightening. She opened my eyes to some of my own behaviors and attitudes.
I recommend this book, especially to women in leadership roles.
Conroy shares his experience teaching on an isolated island off the South Carolina coast in the 1960s. Truthfully, I'm not sure if it was the writing on the story that makes me rate this a 3 (it was ok) versus something higher. You can imagine what his teaching experience on an isolated island, largely left alone by modern day, was like: poor families, students who could not read and did not know that the name of their country was the United States of America, an education system controlled on the mainland that treated this remote island and its students as second, or even third, class citizens, and the list can go on. To his credit, Conroy devoted himself to the students and island, realized that they needed additional experiences and opportunities, and took risks to get his students what they needed, which of course gets him fired. It's sad, and even a little embarrassing, to me that we have allowed lesser education for needier students in our country in the past, as detailed in this story. And I'm not naïve, it's probably still happening today. This book came to me highly recommended, and I would simply recommend it. It's not near the top of all the books I've read, but it was a good read.(
Enjoyable story of a young Indian boy who loves to cook and his experiences as a boy, apprentice, and chef. Touching, humorous and delightful are words that come to mind. And hunger. This book made be hungry.
I'm up in the air on this book. On the one hand, I did enjoy the author's search for meaning as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the stories of the people she met, the struggles she overcame. On the other hand, she ended up on the PCT on a whim decision after using drugs, sleeping around and divorcing her husband. She showed up on the trail ill prepared and benefited from others throughout her experience because she was a pretty female hiking alone. As if they get all things good. So, maybe read it, maybe not. I both liked it and found it frustrating at times. It's a toss up.
What a delightful little surprise this book was. Lighthearted, yet meaningful. Predictable, yet purposeful. As the main character, Billie, struggles with coming to grips with the ghosts who haunt her, she finds escape and purpose through the 70+ year old letters from a girl during WWII, written to the great chef James Beard. Not sure if it's the foodie, NY lover and romantic in me that enjoyed the book best, but it was a great combination for me. Well done, Ruth Reichl!
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