I am scratching my head over this one. I think it is more a misconception over what I thought I was getting, and the new paperback cover depicts that story better. This is really not a war / military book, it is a Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Day book which centers on the experience from the point of view of some US soldiers who are stateside for a short publicity tour. It is not a bad book, just not a good choice for me.
This children's story will teach you about the Horrors of WWI while making you fall in love with a boy and his horse. Excellent for kids of all ages.
If you have never fallen in love with The Iliad, please listen to this right now, and hear the story the way the ancient Greeks did. Enthralling story telling about the human experience, not just a war book. And the narrator is a master, too.
Unfortunately, I think today's woman will be utterly bored with this. I was. Not up to the rest of Wouk's offerings.
It's hard to shock a veteran lawyer, but this book did it. Wish I had known this years ago. This book is not another fad diet book, rather, it is a food industry exposé. Even if you take it with a proverbial grain if salt, you'll be disturbed. I grew up on a farm where we ate mostly the food we raised. Now I'm even more motivated to return to the ways of my youth.
I do agree that the narrator is a bit too dramatic; it is distracting. But don't let it discourage you from this important work.
I read this years ago, when it first came out. I decided to revisit by audio, and it was even better through this format. Brooks is a master at taking a historical situation and getting you to understand that there are never any easy answers. I recently heard a lecture where she explained that this story is based on the actual historical village that did just what is depicted here. Can you even imagine?
I enjoyed getting daily motivational tips to eat right, excercise more often and smarter, and get more quality sleep. I also bought the book, but I honestly think the audio version was more motivational for me, as it only took about 5ish minutes a day.
I read this after having the fortune of acting in the local production of Vagina Monologues. It is a completely different work and very informative, fast read. If you think you already know it all, think again. Read and learn my friends. Thank you Wolf!
Hilary Mantel became my new favorite author after reading this book, and I have rushed to read her other historical political fiction books. Amazingly lyrical, Mantel gives a new view to the Henry VIII era and a different understanding of Cromwell, which is always great fun. At the same time, she helped me understand what I had been missing in historical fiction. I'm glad to know that it does still belong as a high form of literary art. I want more of this!
P.S. I did have to go back and check the book to follow, on occasion. But if you like a smart book, that is a plus. Mantel subscribes to the theory that readers are smart enough to get it, so authors shouldn't dumb it down for them. Thank you, Mantel, you've renewed my love of historical fiction.
I love a book that takes me out of my world and plants me right into a new world, and teaches me something I didn't know that I needed to know. This book delivers, I'm so glad it was written and that I read it. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and truthful. Can't get much better than that.
Excellent narration and very enjoyable twisting historical mystery set in the time of Chaucer, chalk full of famous personalities, written by a professor who obviously knows his stuff. If you are much on historical fiction, you'll probably have read Kathryn, as in the mistress of John of Gaunt who has some famous Henries in his line of descendants. I had to read along with the audio to keep all the names/ events straight at first. Many memorable characters that aren't always what they seem. Very good book.
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