Perhaps this is premature, but if I could stay engaged long enough to finish my listen I might come back to this review and revise it. A fascinating subject by an authority on the material---so why is it so remote? I wanted to know this man because of the respect I have for his willingness to fight for a country who betrayed his people so violently. I'm only a third of the way into it, but the only thing I learned was that the Navajo's language was not unusual enough (HUH? How many Japanese do you know speak Navajo?) that the Codetalkers had to create another language to carry out their duties...more later if I stay awake while listening.
Laughter, tears, smiles and sighs occur during your listen to this continuation of what all pet lovers hope is true...the objects of our slavish devotion will return to us later in life, perhaps in a different breed, but their acceptance, their love of us continues through time until we join them on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
Before this listen, I knew next to nothing about South Africa and loathed boxing as cruel, stupid, and graceless. Now I know more about SA and can appreciate the intricacies of pugilism, although I still have no interest in watching a match. The narration, plot, characters are "turn the page" excellent, and my routines went by with lightening speed as well as being able to look forward to exercise, chores, and other mindless activities so I could find out "what happens next". I've purchased the book for my grandsons who could use some insight into man's inhumanity to man all over the world...as well as some awareness of cultures outside of their own suburban utopia.
Whether Temple's assumptions about animals' emotions, comfort levels, and communication are accurate or not...no matter, as the entertainment value of this listen is high. If you love animals, you'll enjoy this book.
Please read (listen) to "Power of One" first, then listen to Tandia. A glimpse of South Africa told through the eyes of a young multi-racial woman who joins others in the political movement for freedom in SA. If you like Courtenay, you'll enjoy this listen, too.
This was a good listen if you're a Courteney fan---and I became one with "The Power of One". If you listen to that one first, this one is not a sequel, but another effort along the same lines...entertaining information about SA during the time the author grew up there. An easy, presumably factual, history lesson...
A little dry, yet still entertaining with the attention to details of the period. The origins of yellow journalism fascinate as we seem to have returned to News as Entertainment rather than information. As the french say:..."the more things change, the more they remain the same."
As an avid listener of Ms. Brown's fiction, I wasn't surprised to discover this was written almost 20 years ago...published in 1987. The formula, which she has developed very successfully in following books, shows its solid origins in this early work. Love the characters and characterizations of small town citizens of Texas---a fun who-done-it with enough plot twists to keep us listening. An easy listen that doesn't require too much attention---great when walking dogs, doing housework, driving.
As a tv writer since 1975, I found this examination of the excellent television aired on cable recently, and the personalities behind the creativity on those shows fascinating. It's always a miracle when that magic happens....more often than not, the collaboration produces a camel when they intended to create a Triple Crown winner.
An insider's look at the personalities who supported my favorite shows, I admit to envy that I left the game before it became worth playing.
It's definitely a FIVE STAR rating for anyone interested in the development and execution of the included shows---if you admit to owning a tv that only receives PBS and C-Span...download another book.
Another look into a culture so little understood by the western world that is more "western" than we realize. This work makes a better read than a listen because of lack of familiarity with names and time periods the author references. I had to listen to it back and forth at least twice to figure it out---worth doing, but tedious.
If you're on the dating merry go round (again) this might be helpful, if you're unfamiliar with any relationship advice published in the last century.
Read it rather than listen to it:
Where's the PDF of the Q and A's recited in a low, dull, repetitive monotone?
Re framing fails to freshen the information presented here.
Although presented as a "new" theory, there's little "new" about co-dependency, commitment phobia, or contentment in a relationship.
As a Social Psych major for my BA, a yenta who loves to connect people personally and professionally, happily married to the same man for almost 50 years, I was curious and subsequently disappointed that there was nothing new to help people relate to each other.
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