I really enjoyed this biography. Not only did it bring to light Galileo, but also the political environment in which he had to deal with. If you like science, history and religion then I feel you will enjoy this audio book.
This was a great story with a British accent. I thought it dealt well around the issues of a young man realizing he was gay. Then dealing with telling family and then public. It still amazing how so many people are still dealing with their issues homophbia. Love between two people is what it is all about and we surely need more love in this world no matter where or who it is all about.
I guess I am surprised on how much I have enjoyed this book and the author's writing. The characters are real and I have found myself wanting to know them even more. This is the second book, I enjoyed the first so much I went and bought this one right away. Surely the narration was a good part of why I enjoyed this book, it is excellent, and one that I look forward to with each of her books now! It is truly not light listening, but it isn't my usual book of science and mathematics, so it was a great break from my normal interest, one that I enjoyed.
Unfortunately I have attempted to either listen or read books like this, and found them just a disappointment, so when I found this such a well written book, great characters and such wonderful narration, I was very pleased with myself for trying the first one.
So if you like murder, ghosts, psychic and the paranormal, though the main character doesn't like the term "psychic", a story that weaves in and out of people lives, their motivations, their emotions and fears, then this is a good book to listen to, I believe. I am surely looking for more.
This book for me was just pure fun. The writing was great, it really allowed me to view life from the point of view of a young boy again, and the narration was perfect.
It also shows that life really never changes. The problems and issues that this young boy has to deal with are simply replaced by more adult themes as we get older.
This is a fun, and funny book, which allowed me to laugh and escape from my adult life and issues for a few hours. I totally enjoyed the time away from my reality.
The actual story was great but instead of exploring and developing it, the author puts a lot of love making. Now I am not against all of that, but I was more interested in the story line. Just when it started getting interesting everyone would stop of make love. I mean it was really a joke after a while.
Take a lot of the love making out of it and put in character development and development of the plot.
There was a lot going on in this book. The author had decided to make it much more than your basic romance. I was surprised by how it all played out, but I feel the author, or the editor decided that this was a love making book instead of a adventure/romance. The book could've been much longer and spent a great deal more time developing characters and scenes, things I would of really gotten into and enjoyed. I am afraid that instead it was treated by everyone that it had to be a typical "gay" romance, with a lot of love making scenes and not that much development of the story. From that point of view this story was a complete disappointment.
The story is just wonderful and Perfect Heinlein. I read this what seems to be a million years ago and since then I have re-read it several times. This audiobook is perfectly done and the reader was great. This is simply creativity that none of us will ever see again. Heinlein and of course Asimov, are giants from the past. We all know now without any doubt that the Martians that are a main focus here, are never to be. But the story is more about life, politics, people struggling for the better way of life and the sacrifices that we all are ask to make in the attempt to obtain it all.
Heinlein is just great.
Great performance by the narrator, if anything, I feel he made the story even better.
Yes, I basically did.
Like I said this is the end of this type of writing. Future Science Fiction writing of course will and have their own great writers, but this era is over and never to happen again, thus this is one of the best stories that I feel, represents that era! Enjoy!
I really don't have three words: The author uses a light corny romantic story to convey a real issue within the gay community. So I surely laughed and I surely cried, and in some ways I got down right angry. I know as a gay man I am tired of this society that we live in and all its BS! It is a story worth listening to. But it is a sneaky one. I like this author a great deal just because he had the courage to deal with such pain and despair and do it in such a positive way. I wish all the stories of despair in this world turn out so positively.
Nick is my favorite character for everything actually revolves around him. In some way this is like a Twilight Zone story. I only say that because Twilight Zone stories always had the true story hidden from you. Generally you knew there was a monster in the story but you never really knew when it was going to jump out and scare the hell out of you. Now I hesitated in buying this story for a long time because if you look at the cover and read what it is about it really doesn't get you prepared for the serious subject that it is really dealing with. For like all Twilight Zone stories there is a monster lurking in the back ground. A hideous terrible monster.
He was a great reader, his reading didn't take away from the story line and then he was able to bring each character to the story as an individual. I am surely going to listen to this story again. It is truly a gem of writing and narration. "The Boy Who Came in from the Cold" is the other story I have listen to from this author and that also was a good one. Matter of fact this story reminded me of it and I believe I will listen to that again because that was also a good story.
Yes, I purchased this book this morning at 4am, because I was up getting ready for work. I became engrossed into the characters right away, and continued listening to it in my car as I drove to work. Once I got to work every chance I had to listen to it I did. It is really a short only a little over 2 hrs. I surely felt it was too short, but again it was long enough to tell it story.
So again I liked this story for the gay issues that it dealt with. Internalized homophobia threatens all of us. This is truly something all gays are dealing with everyday, and surely being an older man, I'm in my sixties this was even a bigger issue for my generation. Things in some ways are getting better, and I am thankful for that, but we still have a long way to go and stories like this one help I feel bring up issues that truly harm us and need to have some light shined on them.
When I was coming out late in life I was in a gay men's support group for coming out. One of the issues that was discussed was "flamers". You can't be in public with a flamer and people not know you are gay or at least believe that to be the case. Being the naive person that I am that never came to my mind, but I could see that was an issue for some of the men. Of course there were flamers in the group and they told a horrible story of being rejected and bullied all their lives because they are so obvious. Now, I don't have a problem with flamers. Though I look and act so straight I truly have to advertise who I am at times, just to indicate to another man I might be interested.Now you are asking me why am I telling you all this? To me this is one of the main themes of this story. The straight looking gay man gets involved with a flamer and all the drama that is part of that. It is a really cute story and understanding what that all means is an important part of this story. The other part of this story is the love for a 4 year old girl. Now there are a great many people who feel gay men are pediphiles, of course the FBI profile proves that isn't the case at all, but I know there are some people who feel that their is a "gay agenda" about recruiting people into being gay and that also the gay lifestyle is all about being promiscuous and irresponsible, of course that isn't true either. There are also a group of people who feel that gays shouldn't be allowed to raise children, this is about that and the need to parent, bringing together three people who all love each other, need each other and them becoming a family. The author, who I have been fortunate to have read many of her stories has demonstrated that very easily and clearly here, and I might also say very lovingly. So this is a story of new beginnings and people taking risks in those beginnings and of course love. I believe with that demonstration she easily shows that the love between same sex has the same roots as between anyone. Us gay people are human beings also, which I feel is forgotten with all the objectifying in the news and by the people who want to classify us as sinners and evil in our intents. I truly enjoyed this book and at times cried because it made me so happy.
Yes, the narrator was very good at making the the "straight" gay sounding like that, and the queen, flamer, like that.
"Clear Water" is a different book but it is also about love. Family, and it has some cops and robbers in it. I read this book and also listen to an audio version and enjoyed both version of the story. I am the process of reading a few other books by Amy Lane.It has been with great joy that there are so many different authors and books dealing with gay relationships now in the main avenues of book sales. The fact that I don't have to sneak into a "dirty" book store or go on "questionable" gay websites to find books written about gay people and their experiences, I find a sense of acceptance by the greater community.
This theme is very common among gay romance novels. The nerd who is attracted to the absolute good looking jock, with no hope of anything ever happening. Most of the time this theme takes the road of the jock failing a class and needing tutoring by the nerd. It is surely one of my all time favorite themes. This actually took a side road to that basic theme. They ended up getting together from a snow storm, this is also a known ploy to get these two together. But this story went into family abuse and alcohol and gambling addictions and then into intervention of said family. Then even more, some of it was a little creative beyond anything I have read before.
I liked both characters, but there was just something missing with them that I still can't put my finger on. It was almost like this book, which is I believe aimed at young adults, was a text book to explore and bring about a very positive attitude towards gay youth and the issues they face. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but maybe it was written by a committee. I mean both guys are basically too good and don't go through more acting out than I would expected if all the things that happened to them really did. It is a very positive story...and I guess I expected a little more acting out etc. Surely I believe it could be read by a straight youth and they would learn acceptance, tolerance for people who are different, family dynamic with addictions like alcohol and gambling. Adults getting together and having an intervention to stop the abuse associated with these types of addictions. And of course the importance of an education, especially reading and going to college.
Great read. Never a problem with him and of course like any good narrator he brought a great deal of my enjoyment of the book.
Well at first yes. Like I said I just love this type of theme. As I sit here and think about it surely it represents some of my own issues when I was going to high school. Except I am an fairly old man and I didn't come out until very late in life due to religious beliefs and the general social pressures in our culture. So I of course was very interested in the cute jocks through out school, even while I was in elementary school, but I would have found myself beaten up or killed if anyone had suspected of my interest in boys. I surely feel it is all very sad that us gays are treated in such a horrible and negative way. So I guess they give me some comfort to see that even fictional characters get some hope and friendship while still so young.
I am always happy to see and be able to buy books of a gay slant, no matter what the subject is. It surely gives me some hope for the future for the younger gay men that are having to deal with their orientation. The internet has helped a great deal with that I believe. The people who hate us really never know or understand the damaged they have inflicted on the very innocent. I find this world and its ability to hate others very disturbing.
Surely sometimes it is all beyond my comprehension but I still find it all so fascinating. That us humans have the mind and the curiosity to sit down and figure all this out. Thousands of people with their different skills in imagination, mathematics, logic and more have been drawn to try to make sense of what it is we see when we look up into the sky, day or night. I look up and I am in awe mostly. Though now after reading this book the awe is both what I see and now what I know. The story is very well told and so much information is packed into this one book. It is all so amazing. This is also a book I will and have already listen to over and over again. Each time I seem to understand more.
Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries
This is another great book which to me brings Einstein's genius to light so much so you are amazed that the human race was able to bring into existence such a brilliant thinker. What a special gift he was to all of us. (Though this is a personal comment and is not in the book, to think that the ignorance and hate of Nazi Germany would have killed a man such as Einstein is to me a terrible thought.)
He is amazing with his narration. His tone is fairly neutral and he is able to present some very complicated ideas in a voice that makes you almost see it. It is somewhat of a long book over 10 hours and if his reading wasn't just perfect it would have ruined the experience, but of course just the opposite happens. Though not everyone agrees with me, and maybe it is my laziness, but I so enjoy lying on my bed in comfort and be able to just listen to such wonderful writings as done by the author and read by Brad Smith. Truly a joy of our modern day society. I find this so with audio. I believe it allows for my "self" to relax and take in what it being said in a way reading the book or watching a video doesn't allow to happen. I can just float in my imagination and enjoy!
In a sense surely one has a certain feeling of joy when you hear of someone's success after so great an effort and then of course the opposite happens when you see a great effort and focus on finding a solution and failure is the end result. Even worse is finding a solution and have your fellow humans punish you for being brilliant. Surely science history is man at his best trying to understand and make sense of what he/she is experiencing. Another good reason to listen to the book for it not only helps you learn it also helps you experience the greatness of humans at trying to satisfy our curiosity.
I strongly suggest you download the PDF that comes with the book. It has many drawings that make what the point that the author is trying to make easier to comprehend. There are also many interesting pictures that I found helpful and inspiring.
If you want to get away and you want to use Nora Roberts this is the book.
Her reading skills
When they fell in love.
I like the characters so much I wished this was one of her trilogy books. But atlas it is not. So I guess I have to use my own imagination to see what comes next.
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