I have had to curtail myself from repeating lessons from this book too often. They are numerous and widely applicable, but friends do eventually tire of hearing about them.
The book did suffer from some tiresome sections that felt like little more than padding, but the bulk of it was fascinating and useful.
I was initially worried that this would simply be a dumb little book cashing in on the success of Mad Men, but I was wrong. Jane Maas brought us right into the advertising world and gave an wholly believable and otherwise excellent account of what life was like as a working mother in a male dominated industry in the 60's. She made sacrifices, she had victories, she experienced sexual harassment, she got through it with many stories to tell. Lucky for us, this book is here to tell those stories
I often turn to Bosch books to listen something mindless and entertaining. The plots are simple, twisting and turning just enough to be believable and interesting.
Bosch doesn't save the world, he doesn't make all the right decisions, he doesn't follow all the rules (nor does he break them all), and he occasionally learns his lesson. He's just a good detective solving some crimes and I love following him through the process. This book is no exception, just another solid entry in the saga of Bosch.
I will complain that Len Cariou tends to speak a little too slowly at times, hanging on words that don't need the extra time.
Too often do I find authors who add as much gratuitous violence as possible in order to make their novels appear more shocking.
Perhaps it is simply because the characters in those novels never seem to react properly to that violence, but those passages always stand out, ugly and wrong.
This novel had the violence, but it wasn't about convincing you, the reader, that these things are terrible, it was about how the characters in the book handled the horrors of Vietnam.
The characters are so brilliantly painted and the reader does such an excellent job of voicing them that this easily rises to being amongst my favorite audiobooks of 2010.
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