I was thoroughly charmed by this book. It is written in a totally different style than what one would expect of a 21st century book, but putting myself in an early 19th century frame, I was able to enjoy this book. I loved the flow of the prose, the use of currently little-used words, the elegance of the whole thing. I can't believe I have lived this long without even knowing the story line of Jane Eyre. I was enthralled with it on many levels. I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the writing, creativity and the obvious intelligence of the author. I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come. I think everyone should read it sooner or later. Jane is a great role model for not just young girls, but for everyone who is trying to be a better human being. I hope that is all of us.
The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, was excellent. My one complaint is that she is very soft spoken and could be a little hard to hear.
I have been on a WWII jag for some time now, so this book was "right down my ally," as they say. I learned so many things I did not know not only about Patton, but about the war in general. It is a fascinating subject, and I am happy that I know more about it now, and understand so much more about it than I did a year ago. But this book, much like O'Reilly's other books, leaves one with more questions than it answers. I guess I like that because I keep coming back for more. I feel that I really know Patton now and he is not just a name in history. I think he is a hero and in many ways I am sure he is, but still there are those annoying questions. Likewise with his death. There is no cut and dried answer as to whether it was an accident or someone set out to kill him. It is highly suspicious. O'Reilly is unable to answer that one, and at this late date, so much evidence has been destroyed that should have been preserved at the time of the "accident" that arriving at the truth may not be possible. Maybe, as with JFK, we will never know the real circumstances surrounding his death. Perhaps that is what makes it so intriguing.
Although I totally shy away from books read by the authors, there seems to be an exception for authors who make their living in some sort of show business--TV or radio personality, or entertainer of some kind. O'Reilly is an excellent narrator for this type of book. Not sure If I would want to hear him read a novel, but for this he was great.
I loved the perspective of this book being from four different people with four different and fabulous narrators. I thought the subject matter was fascinating and I totally loved LOVED that it was from a woman's perspective. That it is based on a true story makes it all the better. I tried to put myself in the place of each of these strong women, and decided I might act in a similar way in their places. I hope I would have been strong. I am so excited to see the mini series now.
I learned a lot from this book, but I really think this would be a book better read, or at least read while listening. I can tell you what it talked about, but I could not tell you what the seven events are. I would be really happy to get a copy of it and try reading it. There was a time or two I got completely lost in the details of eating meat or something like that. Apparently there is no harm in eating a really poor diet with little nutritional value. At least that seems to me to be what it was saying. It made no sense to me! Still I think there is much to be learned from the book.
Very entertaining. As someone who grew up watching the antics of this amazing comedian, I loved reading about his life. He truly created some of the funniest skits ever seen. Brilliant!
A great study on assumtions. As one writer put it, when you assume something you make an "ass" of "u" and "me." That is what this book is all about, assuming something to be true because you want it to be true. Thank goodness there are those who are willing to put forth the effort to look deeper into things to find the real truth. Sadly, it doesn't work that way for everyone who is falsely accused, but when it does, it has to be deeply rewarding for the innocent.
Presented in a dramatized fashion, this is a great listen.
Once I started this book I could not stop. It is both frightening and hopeful; frightening because of how fragile and gullible we human beings are, and how easily we can lose our sense of right and wrong so that swallowing lock, stock and barrel some infinitely insane philosophy seems like the right thing to do. Hopeful because basically I believe human beings are good and smart and really do know right from wrong, even if it takes them a while to figure it all out. I hope we all figure it out before it is too late. Please please please read this book so you know how to recognize what is happening to America even now. I know you are basically good. Don't lose track of that!
I just took it for what it is. Would I want her life style in exchange for fame and fortune? Absolutely not. I would never trade places with her and I would not hold her up as an example of morality. Hahahaha far from it. Still, it was the life she knew, and she was a talented and funny woman. This was an interesting read and I did enjoy much of it. I enjoyed listening to Marshall's great New York accent and learned a lot from her outlook on life. I don't think she was holding herself up as some role model or saying that someone else should seek her life style. It was an eye opener in a way. Not sure if I can recommend it unless it is to someone who, like me, can take it for what it is.
DSouza has such an interesting outlook on things. He sees them from a different angle and it makes me think. Although not born here, he is a great American. Everyone should listen to this book and then stand up for this country, or what is left of it. We can still save it.
Great but sad story. It truly made my heart ache. Conroy is such a great writer that I could just listen all day. He makes me believe I am right in the middle of the action.
After having listened to Dr. Greenberg's course on the Thirty Greatest Orchestra Works, I had to have more, and decided to give this one a try. Although I have always had a great appreciation for the music of Mozart and truly love many of the things he has written, I can’t say that he has been one of my all time favorite composers. With the insights I gained from this Great Courses class taught by Dr. Robert Greenberg, I must say the great genius has moved up in my estimation. My understanding of his music is markedly better, and I can now say he truly is one of my favorite composers. The world lost him way too soon at the age of nearly 36, but thank goodness for the things he was able to give us.
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