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My knowledge of Edison was basic and based largely on folk lore. Reading this book taught me more about Edison--celebrity was important to him, did he really invent things or just take credit for them, he expected more of others than he gave himself, he had a profound hearing loss and he went camping with Ford & Firestone. Those are my lasting impressions.
I am glad I read (listened) to the book and learned more about Edison, but I do feel my bubble was burst as this great inventor and American hero became a self-centered, aloof man. I guess reality had to set in at some point.
The book, in general, was well written, although at times it seemed to drag on and failed to be compelling.
The book started a little slow, but definitely picked up throughout, with a very interesting ending. Think "The Great Gatsby" meets "Gone Girl."
I enjoyed this story, told over two different time periods, about the girl in a painting (circa 1917) and what happens with the painting (modern day). In the audio version the narration is done quite well, with excellent French, English, German and American accents.
I enjoyed Ivey's story about a show child who enters the lives of a lonely childless couple who are homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1900s. What happens when your life is filled with disappointment, and then is suddenly graced with surprise fulfillment? How do you reach out to others when you generally protect your emotions? How do you let something precious go? These questions are explored in Ivey’s touching story. Curl up in a blanket by the fire and enjoy the read.
I was inspired to read this book after seeing the ho-hum movie based on this book. The book is far better, and you learn the real stories behind the movie fictionalization.
Edsel provides a thorough description of the actions of the Monuments Men in northern Europe, where they were before the war, what motivated them, and their triumphs and tragedies during and after the war. I every much enjoyed the overarching story, but found the details sometimes bogged down the story telling.
I had the option of listening to the abridged version of this book, and chose to do the unabridged. If you are interested in the story, I might recommend the abridged version, although I have not listened that version, as my hope is that some of the copious details are left out, leaving you with a broader picture of the actions of the men and women who went to great lengths to save art during WWII. A heartfelt thanks to all of them.
I wanted to really love this book because of what I knew of Malala from the news, but for me, the book just fell short. The first half of the book provided a great deal of background information on Pakistan, including political, geographic and religious histories. While some of this was necessary, and for some readers, essential, I found that it was too involved and cumbersome. For me the book improved when it finally got around to telling Malala's story, which is captivating. May she, and others like her, continue to make strides in our world to bring about equality in education.
Brain on Fire is the personal and excruciating story of Cahalan's health demise through psychosis and catatonia, through diagnosis and back to health. Cahalan researched her story extensively, as she has few accurate memories of her time in the hospital. The story is gripping and inspiring and I am grateful she has shared her story.
Well that was a ho-hum 38 minutes of my life. The promise of our love of Downton Abbey explored just didn't happen and in the end, it was a lot of rambling about nothing. Watch Downton, love the Queen and ignore the book.
Girl with Glasses is just ok. Not bad, just ok. Parts of it rang true in my life as both a GWG and when the story took place; it sounds like we are about the same age. Generally I was more intrigued by the era than the chronicles of her glasses.
Generally I liked the book at the author's story of being more intentional in seeking out happiness in her life. I listned to the book, which the author narrates, and in this case, I think another narrator would have been a better choice. As I listned to the book I was challenged, encouraged, and sometimes even discouraged by Rubin's experiences, and sometimes all at the same time. While I appreciate all that she did, hearing her story created stress for me as I thought "how can I do it all?" I think that is part of her point, though: you can't do it all. Find what works for you.
Maybe I shouldn't have first read this book in my 40s. Maybe it would have made more sense or had more meaning had I read it in middle school, when I had friends who raved about it. This just didn't do it for me. Moving on.
The dramatization was distracting and made it harder to follow the story. The audio mix was awkward and made listening in the car very difficult as some characters spoke from one side of the car, some from the other. With road noise, and even with a decent, though not amazing, stereo system, you still need narration out of all speakers to truly hear it very well.
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