As someone who grew up in Baltimore and NYC, I am aware of the mean streets and privileged parts of both cities. The insights provided by the author about "the other Wes Moore" still haunt me as a mother, grandmother, and "brother's keeper" in belief system. Both boys had loving mothers, both boys have exceptional skills, both boys had opportunities: the difference between them seemed to be a Father figure---a man to respect who contributed half of their genes. In the author's case, his father left him through death, in the other's case, his father was not a presence after the sperm donation. It's more than a good example for a son, it's an image to respect in order to gain self respect and a moral compass as the boy matures to the man.
Black Hawk tells the truth about his experience with the colonists, because he knows no other way. He relates factually what happened to his people as a result of contact with the disrespectful whites. Without rancor, resentment or revenge, this elegant leader tells his story with the simplicity of an honorable man whose expectations exceeded the ability of the white men to treat him with the respect he deserved and never received. A clear, unbiased account of the evils of colonialism here and everywhere.
Hardly a page turner, rather an interesting character study of a privileged segment of our culture when a near-miss challenges comfortable assumptions and the integrity of the characters who are committed to various degrees of politically correct fanaticism.
I bought this one for my husband and I to listen to on a road trip---it did not disappoint me, and my husband (retired Naval Aviator, R & D pilot with 2 combat cruises to VN) smiled a lot during the listen---and I'm not sure if his expression was in recognition, admiration, or disbelief. For exciting descriptions of the aviator's experience as well as a look into the recent desert wars, this account works very well.
Keep on listening, even though you might wonder "what's the point?" at times. As usual the author ties up the loose and at times bizarre events and consequences by the end of the journey---and it's worth the ride...as some of the characters simply will not go away from my mind.
Recent history unfolds with page turning entertainment bringing us the Aussie experience of immigration that parallels our own(US). From WWII to post Viet Nam era, the author relates one family's saga with humor, tolerance, hope and love. Examining a modern phenomena, PTSD, the effects of trauma on all human beings, the author educates as he entertains us with depth of characterization and detailed information on the realities of war, natural challenges, and the strength within each of us to survive and thrive.
Well written and well performed, this novel entertains as it proceeds through a story that at times is predictable---too predictable. That may be because I've read too many books :) The premise is fully developed and enough off the mainstream to keep my interest...what happens next keeps us listening until the satisfactory conclusion.
Now wipe that silly grin from your handsome face! Thoroughly enjoyed your story of getting beyond distraction into focus with a method available to all of us. As the poster child for ADHD, meditation has been beyond my reach for decades...however, the 2 minute tune up works for me and is useful through out the day, every day.
For all of us overwhelmed adults, this book is an entertaining overview of all the recent "solutions" bringing us back to one in practice for ages which inspired all the "new" flavors of enlightenment that aren't so new after all.
By the way, your wife deserves sainthood...
Well told, well read, and fascinating on so many levels, a "Higher Call" relates in page turning fashion the men behind the oxygen masks in combat aircraft during WWII. My husband, a naval aviator during VN, was captivated by the details of the flying as well as the human side of the men piloting the aircraft. After listening to this in its entirety, it's hard not to believe in miracles, purpose, and guidance in our lives. Informative, inspiring, entertaining---what else could we want in an audio book?
As an Alexie fan since seeing him interviewed several years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed this "listen" and recommend it to anyone who's interested in the experience of today's American Indians on and off the "rez". We colonists look at the plight of these real Americans with a combination of pity, shame, guilt and disdain---or we tend to elevate these real people into a spiritual cloud of knowing something we wish we knew. My belief is that many of the indigenous people are more attuned to the important things in life, because their centuries of traditions, values of respect and acceptance for themselves individually and their "community" responsibilities. And many are not...just like us, colonists, immigrants. Sherman Alexie's enormous talent and his ability and willingness to "open a vein" on the page to share his experience with the rest of us is a national treasure hard to measure. Thank you, "Junior", and keep on creating....
The authors scored again with a candid, unbiased look at the election of 2012. If you're a news junkie this is a must listen...to discover who knew what when and how they reacted to the information. All of the candidates become human beings rather than the processed meat their "advisors" presented to the public, and the conclusion is the American Voting Public elected the right men for the job. Although not as humorous as "Game Change", (where was the Sarah Palin character?), "Double Down" has enough human interest to last through out the book.
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