How is it possible that 67 years later, we are still reading new (and interesting) facts about World War II? This is a wonderful story and I kept a list of works of art discussed throughout the book to google. It reminded me of the beauty of works by Vermeer and others and I found the book an art history class as well as a story of brave men and women who risked their lives to save what they loved most - art.
Liked this story. Kept me interested and involved. Never felt it was dated.
Civil War, backstabbing cabinet, difficult wife, dying children.... If I could invite 10 people, living or dead, to dinner, Mr. Lincoln would certainly be one of them and Elizabeth Keckley loved him too. She is the subject of this book and was an intimate member of the Lincoln White House and visited there frequently. I am so impressed with her accomplishments and her ability to navigate the Lincolns' life and many other high level Washingtonians at this time in history. She was clearly an extraordinary woman, if somewhat naive, and I am happy that Jennifer Chiaverini took the time to research and evaluate her importance in the Lincolns' lives. If you are a student of history, especially the Lincolns, you will love this book. The narrator, Christina Moore, is really good.
If I had any doubts that government is more transparent than it was in the 'old days', this book removes them. In the 1940s, people trusted the government, did what it was told to do and believed America always did the right thing. In today's world, the Manhattan project would never have been successful. This book tells the story of thousands of men and women working in the same place without a clue what each other did or what they were making; but they were paid a decent wage in a bad economy, met future spouses and became independent. It is a good book worth the time.
I honestly don't know if this book is good. The performance was so dull and lifeless that I couldn't get through it but Audible insists that all three categories be rated. One of the most crucial steps in audible recording is matching the reader with the book and this did not work for me. I will be very careful in choosing works in the future.
I really liked this book. It started oddly with a college scenario that was all about 19 year olds; then the uncle, sister, mother, father, brothers, grandmother & aunt of the co-ed were introduced. The story layered and layered as each of the characters' lives unfolded and none of them were as they seemed or wanted to be seen.
I liked the story and the three performers were very good but it dragged for me at times. Having said that, however, I was committed to listening and am glad I did. A co-worker asked me what the book was about and I really couldn't explain it because there are several unusual story lines going at the same time.
A Korean American co-worker recommended this book and I was shocked throughout it - how could this happen, and continue to happen, to an entire nation (albeit a small one)? In my opinion, it should be required reading in history class and yet another lesson to all on how one egotistical & crazy man can take over an entire nation and bring it down.
Only 2nd Sandra Brown book I've listened to and I liked both of them. Characters are love/hate and I looked forward to getting into my car each day to see what was going on with hubby & wife.
I have read many biographies and stories about American presidents as well as those of leaders of other countries. Each author brings a different story to the table and this one is no different. Yes, he was President Kennedy; he was part of the legacy, he had affairs that included Marilyn Monroe. Many of the facts I already knew but O'Reilly brought out Kennedy's presidential side, including his ability to assess a situation and how he evolved into a decision maker to be respected. Jackie was a fabulous First Lady whose video tour of the White House I would love to find. Today, we are a cup-half-empty society that needs someone to blame, but we still love Camelot, with all its warts, because the Kennedy family dignity and charm overcame their shortcomings. It's worth the read.
I avoided this book for a while because a co-worker said it was "just 'OK'. In fact, it is a very good book and kept my interest throughout and the narrator makes it work. Yes, the characters are not that likeable but the plot and the characters' over-the-top obsessions are entertaining and the twists and turns make for an interesting plot. If you are married or in a relationship, the book hits home because our partner changes or we change and it becomes an ever-evolving situation. I love my husband every other day and he steps in on my days off - hopefully this still works and he hasn't decided to take me out.
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