Russell Banks is one of our greatest novelists in the English Language. His body of work shows an artistry with the language that few others meet.
This novel ranks with Cloudsplitter. Banks' characters are flawed people, but the reader is enriched and enlighted by listening or reading them come to terms with their lives.
In Darling Banks explores what it means to be moral by exploring complicated lives led fully. He brings a deep mediation on lyalty, empathy, language, social change, and loveas his main character explores her life.
The narration is nearly perfect. This is an excedllent audio experience.
I love dogs. I love cats. As it has been said, anyone who does not like both our domesticated friends is missing part of the soul. What a grand novel. Relationships between animals and those around them can be incredibly powerful. Edgar Sawtelle is a book that gets to the soul of our relationships with those we love. And also, the humans that we hate. The characters were all fully fleshed out. This was a wonderful read.
Farmelo has a deep affection for his subject. Though not schooled in physics I follow the popularizations of cosmological science personalities and explanations of the fascinating worlds of physics. I loved the biography on Einstein and this volume is as informative and entertaining.
The author's discussions of university department cultures and the social turmoils and war during the time periods was interesting. All in all a very good yarn about a very interesting man who did amazing things.
Tears in my eyes. This is awesome writing. Not since "The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon" has there been a novel so amazingly passionate and powerful. Wow.
I was an anthro student at the same time at the subject of this novel while in California, though not at Berkeley. This is one of the best descriptions of my experience and what it is to think and be an Anthropologist I have EVER heard. This novel is brilliantly observed and worth every second. WOW. It is also nostalgic and incredible that the students at Berkeley and the students and faculty at my university had identical experiences. What a wonderful wonderul book.
There are incredible moments of humor and deep exposition of characters' psychology in this wonderful book. This book is no "fornication from above." Enjoy the read.
OK, so nothing McCarthy writes is an easy emotional read.
Road is tough, emotion-filled, desparate, and loving tribute to the love of father and son in the worst of all possible situations: after the end of the world in nuclear winter.
Father: the man.
Son: the boy.
McCarthy never names his two main characters: they are the man and the boy. Even without names few characters in fiction by any writer have as much character and passion.
Like "road" novels, movies, and stories before, "The Road" is a trek from one place to another filled with dangers encountered or avoided. What sets this apart from the rest is the profound meditation on family and love.
The story is packed from beginning to end with tidbits for chuckles and comtemplation. The mystery is great. The personalities are deeply developed. The narrator is turns in one of the best ever. His sly delivery can have one laughing out loud as the plot is zooming along. Great book, Great performance.
Wow. Nothing that Clinch does damages the magnitude of the Twain books, but Clinch explores our heritage and a tragic figure in a new way.
Huck will never be but mulatto for me again.
Finn is a tragic, evil, affecting, moving, and overal disturbing character.
What a fine novel, fine reading, and a totally thought-provoking experience.
OK. This is the most inspiring political writing in decades. Obama is pretty amazing. Unfortunately I am reviewing the book and not the abridged version. I dislike abridged audiobooks a great deal.
But in the print version, Obama comes across as a man who has the kind of vision that could make him a transformational president. A president who could help mature the country. A president with a legacy to rank with the few best ever. He is a man who can talk to both the right and the left.
A one word review can summarize Obama's thought: WOW.
Twelve Hawks presents a pastiche of all of the threats to our privacy that are extant and spins them into a tale of both the sacred and the profane.
The travelling as described in the book reminds one of "The Cell" (the movie). Travels that Twelve Hawks describes are both fantastic and interesting. I liked the development of the various realms that traveller visit.
Lots of religion and spirituality permeate the text. Unlike Orson Scott Card, Twelve Hawks never preaches in a pedantic and condescending way with a particular agenda. The spirituality is in the story as a force that motivates, protects, and drives individuals. Beliefs of any "others" are not condemned in any way at any point in the book.
Though one reading of the text can make it seem totally paranoid tale of our world today, another more valid reading would see this as a cautionary tale.
I look forward to the future volumes.
As always, Scott Brick does a splendid job reading. He is by far my favorite.
I agree with the other reviewer, this would make a great movie.
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