A very difficult book to relate to. I can't think of the minuscule audience it might appeal to but those may be my limitations. I tried. Put it down three times. Eventually finished it but there were no redeeming features for my efforts.
Yes! I've enjoyed Irving a great deal over the years. This one relating to the difficulties transsexuals encounter in growing up, the difficulties faced in having sexual relations (over and over) all of this without relief was beyond my pail (pale?).
He's a good reader.
None that I could find. I'm returning it.
Details how Gates wove his way through a political quagmire to achieve dignity for the American fighter, blasted through the bureaucracy to shorten times from injury to evacuation in Afghanistan, gained the respect of America's foes, recognized "enforced democracy" is no better than tyranny, taught by example talking softly, carrying a big stick to prepare the soil in which democracy could flourish realistically in time. Recognized real leaders, fired phony leaders, documented, preserved, and rewarded true acts of heroism,brought to the front burner timely treatment of wounded warriors and their families, fired incompetent stewards of military health care... Got more done than Presidents Bush and Obama without getting entangled in party politics. Great book!!!
Combination being distant from the microphone along with thick accents and Scottish brogues made portions of the dialog even with headphones, Bose speakers, and iPad very difficult or impossible for me to understand. Trying to rewind short passages on an iPad is difficult for me. The problem is probably just me but 1/2 hour into the story I had no idea what I was listening to.
At least as good.
The correspondence between Jack and his father, witty and brilliantly vocalized.
Her masterful command of dialects, her ability to shape shift between a man and woman's voice, the ability to maintain the gist of the narrative through the dialect. Without having to hear the speaker identified I could know who was speaking. And sometimes with three persons in the room speaking animatedly, this had to be difficult to switch.
Nope. I wanted it to last, and last, and last. Hated to come to the end.
Would love to pick up another just like it immediately. I liked Nora's Witness very much also but this one is the best.
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