I love survival tales and selected this for that reason. I recently heard Nando interviewed and the experience sounded literally over the top. On that count the book delivers - a well read, well told, narrative. It is a treat that Nando reads the first and last chapters, and Morey is good too. You also get an interview with Nando at the end.
But the true jewel in this book is Nando's spiritual journey. He ruminations about God and life, his relationships with his friends, and his awareness that love is what gave him the power to survive - a love of his father. Nando discovered God in all things; he does not believe that God "saved him" but that God was there.
There is also a substantial "epilogue." We learn of his life after the adventure and the truly uplifting story behind his coming to write his story so many years after the actual event.
This book is on my top 10 list. Highely recommended.
A modestly interesting story with some lovely similes and creative twists.
I am not compelled to read another of his novels.
This is a modestly interesting story that is padded with way to much descriptive prose. There are long stretches where nothing happens. The volume of similes is quite amazing, and many of them creative, but oh so many. For a 47-hr listen I feel I could have heard the story in 1/4 that time. It just was not that grand a story.There were no great learnings or explanations, little action of interest, and some sections quite repetitive. How many times do I have to hear an NHK fee collector banging on a door?I purchased this book after listening to a fabulous TED talk by Chip Kidd who was the artist that designed the cover. He made it look and sound fabulous, but ah well, just a mediocre read and not at all worth 47 hrs. This is one of the few Audible books I have listened to a fast speed.
The story was not compelling nor compellingly told. It plodded along and then carried on an hour after it should have ended. And where is Richard Ferrone? He makes Sandford books come alive. A large disappointment for a fan of Lucas Davenport novels.
When Dennis takes Enzo for a ride in his BMW at race speeds around a race track.
I am a scientist, born Jewish, and a long-time pantheist. I am now on the verge of embracing atheism. Having read many books this past year on religion from Sam Harris, Elain Pagels, Francis Collins, and Scott R. Sanders, I was already immersed in this topic of god/not god. Dawkins depth of thinking, breadth of knowledge, and reason and compassion were awesome. Every thinking person should read this book and make a reasoned choice of their own about the value belief, faith, and religion.
I like some of King's works and do enjoy his wacky stories. But lost my interest shortly after it began.
I have heard this author's name and am not big into crime fiction, and this worked for me. Interesting use of language, good pacing, and intriguing foe. I may try another
Well researched and presented, this story of one of the greatest Americans, gives us a glimpse of the man as he was, with warts and blemishes. It is also interesting to relearn how the revolution was not supported by all Americans and how nearly we lost it all if not for Washington's steadfastness and some good luck.
Freakonomics is a well thought-out examination of cultural phenomena by an economist who chooses to examine the facts and their inter-relationships (correlations) to attempt to deduce the causes of events as well as the irrelevancies. Among the trends that Levitt has chosen to examine is the dramatic reduction in crime in the 1990s. He carefully analyses the popular explanations that have been widely theorized such as innovative policing, more prisions, changes in drug markets, aging of the population, gun control, and the strong economy,to name a few, but dismisses them all.
The factor he identifies and then convincingly relates to the identified trend was the Supreme Court ruling in 1973 - Roe v Wade. The fact that legalized abortion was directly related to a drop in crime was unexpected, at least to the reader, and ironic as well. This aspect of the book alone, is worth the price of admission.
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