Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters were very well developed and the readings by Francisco Rivela were excellent- great accents and just a great story. A disturbing but enlightening insight into the role of German women during Nazi Germany. Would highly recommend this book.
This was a book that confirmed my impressions about blind hatred and how much damage it can do. I found it so sad that the family who were the "protagonists" of the story, that of Haj Ibrahim, were all victims of the hatred that they espoused and continued. One by one, the children died due to savagery on the part of their own people, not the Israelis. There were a number of references in the book to the fact that the Arabs really had very little problem with the "Jews" but had a lot of problems with their own people. The notion that one was raised from infancy to hate a people for no reason blew me away, though I have known for some time that this happens. It is like a family feud that is fuelled by nothing but a history of the feud itself. Many of the Arabs refused to take supplies offered by the Jews so as not to give them the impression that they needed them in order to survive. And yet, the Arabs in this story fed on hatred and it ultimately consumed them in both a spiritual and physical sense. There were very disturbing parts of this book but I feel it was probably fairly accurate. I am sure that there are people who would think that this book was biased. I do not think so. The Haj was a very good book and a sad story of a family self-destructing.
I read Still Life out of order. I had already read a number of books in the Inspector Gamache series and decided that it was a good idea to go back and start from the beginning. One of the disappointing things about this decision was hearing the rendition by Adam Sims. Had I not heard Ralph Cosham's masterful rendition in later books, I would not have had anything to compare this book to. But I have, and Mr. Cosham brings something special to Ms. Penny's books that Mr. Sims was not able to accomplish, despite a good performance overall. As usual, this was a twisted, convoluted story that left the reader wondering "who dun nit" until quite far into the story. I just love the characters... especially Ruth Zardo.
This is a fascinating group of people and I will keep reading until I have caught up. Can't wait to read the new book!!!
This is a delightful tale of a depressed older lady who begins to think that her life no longer holds meaning. She decides that what she would really like to do is be a spy. The tale unfolds and Mrs. Pollifax has the adventure of a lifetime. I just loved this story... I found it fun and yet, poignant. I felt that Barbara Rosenblat did a wonderful job of doing Mrs. Pollifax's voice. I would like to see some sequels down the road and follow Mrs. Pollifax on more adventures. Bravo Dorothy Gilman.
The Lonely Heart
I loved everything about this story. My heart broke over and over again as I listened to Kel's story and his frustration as he sought out his real father, and as I empathized with Arthur throughout his struggle with loneliness. The relationships in this book were very real and painful. Was the book "fun"? No! Peoples' pain is never enjoyable, but this was a very special narrative that will follow me for a very very long time.
No, I have never heard either of these narrators before.
If I could have, I would have listened in one sitting. I was drawn to the book with such a strong pull as to have been magnetic.
This was a wonderfully written and narrated story. I can't recommend it highly enough. Many reviewers give a précis of the story but I feel that takes something away, for the potential reader of the book. Just buy this book... you will never regret it.
I will listen to this over and over again. Though there were a lot of applications appropriate for business, I found that a lot of the "laws" were very applicable to family and friend relationships and made me re-examine my own relationships.
The only other book I could even remotely compare it to would be The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. But this book was more specific to relationship building. Some overlaps between the two books though.
No, I have not, but I feel I should. Next step- hunting for other books by this dynamo team.
The whole book. I won't summarize. Read the book! You won't regret spending the money for this one.
Quite a story
There were no characters in this story. It is an account of Chris Hadfield's experiences as he went from dreaming of being an astronaut at age 9, to actually being one.
I enjoyed hearing his story in his own voice. The story could not have rung as clear if narrated by someone else.
I learned so many lessons. Chris taught us to learn preparedness, not get full of ourselves, find solutions to problems and many other valuable lessons. I found it bittersweet that by fulfilling his dream, he had to create distance between himself and those he loved. That must have been extremely difficult and heart-wrenching. But kudos to Chris for following his dreams and his heart. Many of us do not have the courage to do this.
This was a very enjoyable book though it really did not have any ups or downs... just steady.
Among the Clifton Chronicles, I would say this was one of the best so far. I really enjoyed it and it kept me riveted.
I have nothing to compare this to as the Clifton Chronicles are unique to themselves.
I love Alex Jennings and his performance was a welcome addition to my enjoyment of this book.
I found myself hating Pedro Martinez and what he stood for. There is a real "good guy bad guy" element to this story... There is the Emma Clifton and at the other end of the spectrum, you have an evil scumbag who has no scruples and no humanity.
The ending of this book was as sudden and unexpected as that of The Best Kept Secret and leaves no doubt that Mr. Archer is already working on Book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles. Bring it on!!!
Perhaps a scientist would have enjoyed this book more. Though there was some human interest in the book, there was also a lot of technical jargon especially in the first half of the book.
I think it would depend on the topic. I found Hager's writing somewhat mechanical overall.
The narrator was dreadful. His voice reminded me of a robot most of the time and I found this only served to strengthen the mechanical nature of the book
The story was interesting enough to keep me listening until the end. But it was painful in spots. I must admit that I found it interesting to see the details of how Hitler rose to power and reassured me that there were many anti-Nazi Germans at the time of Hitler's rise to power.
I can't say I regret reading the book but it was a chore, which reading usually is not, for me.
Buoyed my heart
I think Handful was my favourite character... her strength, her ability to revere her mother's life and story as told in her quilt... she was so special. The family ties that Handful perpetuated were moving and meaningful.
I think when Handful reunited with someone important in her life... no spoiling here.
Black and White
This was an awesome and all encompassing book which chronicled the inception of women's rights as well as black rights in the southern United States. It also told the story of the unique relationship between a black slave and a white "belle" who counters her family's values to champion the anti-slavery movement. This was a truly delightful and moving book that I did not want to stop listening to. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn't let go. I couldn't stop listening.
I loved hearing all the technical astronautic information that I didn't really understand, but lent credibility to the story. I loved the main character. What a guy. I was taken by his ability to cope with being alone for such a long time in space, not knowing what his fate would be. I liked his sense of humour and his ingenuity.
I liked everything about the performance. The accents were well done on the whole.
I can't reveal that for fear of ruining the story for other readers.
This is a fabulous listen. I wasn't sure from the name or subject whether or not I would enjoy it, but it didn't disappoint.
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