One generation older than Mr. Lowe, I'm old enough to recall the headlines this "young" man generated, before, he grew up. I recall being disgusted by his antics, and in retrospect, it's easy to see, that mostly I was just jealous. Really now, it's just not fair that one young man would be THIS good looking, smart and blessed with so many other good traits. I'm pleased to see that Mr. Lowe did grow up, and surprised to learn that even with all the benefits he had in life, there were some very grave challenges that he had to overcome. Without excuse, rancor our rationalization, Mr. Lowe faces his demons and overcame them with courage and conviction. The result was that he made it through with an integrity borne of someone who really did step up and confront his failings. You'lll have to read his book to learn what factors allowed him to reach the heights he did, but I know that if given the opportunity, I'd be pleased to thank him for sharing, and I finished his book feeling as though he talked to me, the reader with the candor that a person seldom exhibits except a friend. Highly recommended-a very good read.
I enjoyed the twist on the old assassin genre with a Japanese American "hero". Somewhat formulaic tie-up for a book plot ending, but not unsatisfying, given the hints that there's more to come, and allows for a return of the "lost love". Even though, I thought to myself, "Well, it had to end this way, given his profession. (a necessity to be "the loner"), hence the loss of the newly found love object), It was a good enough ending, to consider trying one more in the series. I'm surprised at the multiple voices playing the lead AND the mixed reviews of the reader, both good and bad for someone I thought did an outstanding job of reading the lead? Weird to see such disparate reviews over someone I would have given and DID give 5 stars for Performance.
I really wanted to like this book. It purportedly had all the things I'm interested in. Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers. HOWEVER, despite starting this book three times, I found it had no inertia. I gave up on the third try. Maybe I'll try it another day, or start at the second section. It's the first dud I've bought on Audible. (out of 45)
If your childhood was during the early 1950's, this is a book that will bring you hours of smiles, laughter and joyful remembrance of a time that really was during a kinder more gentle nation. Not simply a recitation of things long forgotten, but a wonderful story that revives our memories of all those things in a delightful way.
Few books have reminded me of the joys of youth as this one has, and I envy your re-discovery of those times as read by Bill Bryson and the wonder of those innocent and fun filled days.
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