It is seldom you find a book that keeps a quick, thrilling and interesting pace from beginning to end. It is less than seldom that you find one which manages to do these things while keeping a smile on your face. " The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " accomplishes this. It is to our benefit that Jonas Jonasson's book was translated and offered to us as an Audible read. This biography/world political history/spy/ great heist/murder/animal lover and human lovers tale is one you will not be able to easily turn from. The story begins just as the title states, as the 100 year old man steps out of a window and into the flowerbed edging of the home he has only that day entered. Thus he begins an odyssey beyond his wildest imaginings. You will meet mobsters, world leaders, spies, small time thugs, friends, enemies and even an elephant. With the exception of the elephant, of course, they are all in possession of different degrees of intelligence and world views. They all posses a human heart full to overflowing with man's virtues and vices. This journey is well worth taking as there is adventure, mystery, avarice, loyalty, hate, love and laughter, much laughter, on each page. Join in each step the 100 year old man takes, you will be happy you did so.
THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ON THE SUBJECT OF LYING, SHORT AND SWEET WITH NO GUILT TRIPS, NO SHAMING. AN EXPLANINATION, IF YOU WILL, OF LYING AND WHAT IT DOES TO THE LIER AND TO THE LIED TO. A RELIEF TO READ FOR ALL OF US WHO LIE, AND WE ALL DO. HARRIS MAKES US WANT TO STOP LYING TO OURSELVES AND TO OTHERS. IT IS ACTUALLY A FEEL GOOD BOOK>>>
I was prepared for an epic tale of the high seas; stories of the strength of sailors and their ships against the power of the mighty oceans. I was ready for a scientific study told in an interesting, easy listening, yet adventurous way. The book actually started very well, a scientific crew on a large sea worthy, modern vessel gone missing, a few long ago tales of giant waves overpowering men's vessels, bodies and minds. I could picture the powerful, monster wall of water overshadowing and then overtaking any ship in its path. But, then, just on the other side of the behemoth, salty monster were the surfers with their boards and tales of their quest to catch The Big One. The book is well written and it can be enjoyed, to a degree, even if you are not a surfer boy or girl interested in the death defying feats of the Evel Kenievel daredevils of the water world. But, if you want real seafaring tales and facts of sailors against the giant waves of the sea or the power of the surf on our land, you will not find them here.
A bit shorter than Winchester's other books this one is none the less as informative and interesting as all of his other works. Mr. Winchester brings to life the personalities of the dedicated men that labored for an astounding number of years to produce what is, I believe, the greatest contribution to the recognition and importance of both the spoken and written word of the English speaking world, The Oxford English Dictionary.
This book in its unabridged form is a wonderful, informative and thrilling read. In the unabridged form I come to know the storm and its power just as if you are one of the people experiencing it. I was introduced to the US Weather Service while in its infancy and to Isaac, one of the services rising stars. Isaac becomes a flesh and blood person and Galveston a thriving port city alive with people and commerce . While reading the unabridged book I was carried away by the slow building winds and the surf until they become one of the most powerful storms in US history.
In Audible' s abridged recording I missed so much of the heart of the story that I do not believe I heard the same book that I read. I do not recommend the abridged version of Isaac' s Storm because so much is lost in this cut version. You will be buying a book reduced to well below its lowest common denominator and simply miss what I feel is the essential life of the book and all that makes it an impressive read. I highly recommend this book in its unabridged, readable format and am truly sorry the Audible book is a mere shadow of the original book.
The doctor's story is interesting and well enough presented that I listened to the book in toto. But, like books on the existence of alien life on earth, it is lacking in proof. We journey with the doctor through a life and death illness and are presented with his trip into the nether world; however, we are left feeling.... " Like, ok man...Where's the beef ? " I'll try not be too hard on the doc. I like the guy. He is being honest in his presentation and loving in his wish to convey a beautiful story. Very few of the living have seen past the door he was able to pass through. My real problem is with the book's title. His, while in a coma journey, is proof to him of a life after death, but not to anyone else. Believers will enjoy his story, nonbelievers may enjoy it, but I am afraid it is not proof of heaven or a conversion tale. The doctor's reason for writing the book is generous and I believe his story. I believe in heaven too. I just wish the book had another name.
As a rule I have found books narrated by their author a dismal failure, but, with his deep, easy to understand reading, Mr. Solomon did a wonderful job in bringing his book life. I gave five stars to his " Performance ".
In a series of interviews with the parents and often the " different " children themselves, we are given an inside view of the hardships and the joys of the bearing and rearing of children that are different , often in very profound ways, from their parents, their siblings and society's accepted norm.
By quoting the parents we hear the honest, compassionate, fearful, optimistic, angry and questioning voices of mothers and fathers as they review their lives since becoming the parents of disabled children. The child's disability can be profound and clearly visible to the outside world or almost undetectable on casual observation. But, no matter the situation the child and the parents have often been ignored and pushed aside by the medical professionals they seek help from and have had to forge their own paths to help their child.
Mr. Solomon shows great sensitivity while exposing the wounds caused prejudice and fear and does this without undo attention to the negative. I was often impressed by his bringing to light the love, devotion and blessings brought about by the presence of these children. I am a great believer in the sanctity of life and the fact that those in need of our care are here not only for their soul's benefit but also for the soul's benefit and blessing of those that serve and care for them. I also hold that the presence of these children effects a family for many generations.
This book kept my interest and, as a parent myself, tugged at my heart strings.
I gave four stars to the book overall because it seemed to end without an end. I did not expect a profound resolution to any of the difficulties presented or any happy ever after tales of love conquering all, but, somehow, and I really don't know how to explain how, the book just seemed to 'peter out'. However, it is a book I will listen to again knowing I will enjoy the presentation and learn much from the content. It is worth one's time.
I do not use the term lightly when I say the narration of this Audible book is superb. Mr. Pettigrew's Last Stand is a touching and pleasant read. It is written from an older, well seasoned man's perspective as he goes about simply living his life. There are few novels of daily life, in its routine, that are from a man's point of view. Major Pettigrew' story is told through his mind and heart, this is one of the many reasons I so enjoyed the book. There are no scenes bigger than life, yet all of man's, and woman's, emotions seem to be touched upon. There is loss and loneliness, tenderness, love, a little greed, much ' English ' pride, an abundance of humor and a few moments of cliff hanging suspense. There are a few trials and triumphs of the generations, each trying for closeness and independence. I highly recommend this book for a relaxing, enjoyable listening experience. I feel there is nothing to offend a reader, no fowl language, no offensive sex scenes and no trying to push a message or agenda. What a relief!
Though Ice-T is no stand out among the audiobook authors and narrators I gave his book a four star rating. His autobiography is written in a straight forward and sincere manner which makes you believe he is giving an honest assessment of his life and the conversational tone of the book adds to its authenticity. The book's gritty, x-rated street language can be hard to listen to, but, rather than being offensive it gives the story realism. Ice-T does not gloss over the violence of the criminal or gang aspects of his youth. He paints a vivid picture of the environment he spent many years in. He speaks of his parents, his band, his rapping, his acting and of his family life.
If you do not like the distinctive sound of Ice-T's voice or are offended by the 'f word' this book is not for you. If you want to learn more about Ice-T without being subjected to a Hollywood tell all book of sex and meanness than you will be glad you chose Ice's down to earth story. I was.
I simply love to hear Bill Bryson narrate his own work. He has the perfect voice to carry his stories along. As a native and an alien: he makes this description seem no contradiction in terms, his story is both interesting and insightful. He presents his return to America, after having lived in Britain for 20 years, with love, humor and what, at times, seems to be thanksgiving. He presents our Yankee traditions and current condition in an enjoyable form that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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