The story was good and I always enjoy Michael Lewis' books but this one had a different flavor to it. The book develops background on Iceland, Ireland, Greece and Germany's financial problems through unusual people and situations. Nearly every person was so financially naive as to be embarrassing. Wall Street was (again) portrayed as blood sucking vampires with no redeeming virtues as we pushed off our worthless assets onto people who trusted the word and guarantees of the USA and Wall Street.
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.
Hacking isn't a perfect life but the book gave me an understanding of hackers and their ways of thinking. Why do they go there? - It is a science, a challenge and the discovery that drives them and makes us uncomfortable. From the beginning of time, hackers have delved into our lives, figuring out every quirk from the left brain/right brain concept to why my hair is curly.
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.
By the 3rd chapter, I disliked Jobs and was annoyed by him. As the story evolved, however, I began to appreciate him and respect his values. Nobody said he was warm and fuzzy but I think we all came away from the book with an understanding of the man and his vision. I am totally Appled up these days and think that Apple did us all a favor.
I really enjoyed this book and understood the humor with which my story was taken as I recounted the perils of the rabbits to my husband and co-workers. The story is about getting along (or not) in different environments and with people of vastly different backgrounds. A friend once told me, after moving across country, that he would read the local newspapers of a town for a year prior to moving there - mostly to get an idea of what the town/city/area is all about. Good advice in my opinion unless you are a rabbit who cannot read.
Great book, outstanding narrator. Great 'road trip' listen with hubby - miles just fly by. Over river & thru woods trip to visit parents seemed to take half the time. Kill Shot is well written, filled with intrigue, and kept us interested for hours (round trip). We now want to "read" American Sniper and experience a real story.
I loved this fresh look at President Lincoln's life and death. There was humor (powerful Lincoln & Grant were both intimated by their wives), intrigue, and MANY new historical details that enrich the story. I was concerned that Bill O'Reilly would make it sound like a weekly news show but he did a good job. A co-worker's enthusiasm for the book made me download it and I am very happy that I did.
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