24 hours of lecture blew by as Professor Garland, with his lovely English accent and consistent enthusiasm, takes us through the daily lives of the ancients. There is nothing stuffy or stilted about the content for the thousands of years of travel we do (actually millions). He describes every day objects, clothing, hairstyles, family life and then places them into a larger sociopolitical context. He does this equally well across Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. I didn't think I'd have the attention span to finish, but I might just listen to it all again because it was so rich with interesting information. It's a great partner on long runs, commuting, or doing household tasks.
My "a-hah" moment was his discussion of how the Dark Ages came about. If you are at that point in your life where you want to make sense of the long view of time, you will love this book. It dovetails nicely with Zealot by Rasa Aslan- lots of overlapping information about early Jewish and Roman culture. Thanks for a wonderful course, Dr. Garland.
I didn't understand how at it's core, it was just a teen romance.
Narrators gave wonderful performances.
Boredom. We spend far too much time waiting to hear what happened to Nastya, whose misery is tiresome after three or four hours. Yes, she's been a victim, but does the reader need to be as well? The world the leads inhabit seemed very two dimensional.
I know people loved this book but I like to read about survivors and people working valiantly at good mental hygiene i.e. Half Broke Horses, Canada, Glass Castle.
Yes, but somehow it's too good to pass on to just anyone.
Theo's first moments at Pippa's home. He eats his first real meal since the tragedy and cannot help but sink into the comfort and love that this strange new place and it's occupants exude.
He made three distinctly different Russian accents, convincing but not distracting female voices, and found the perfect tone for Theo.
Neither, but I was totally engaged by the careful way she describes antiques and the restoration process. Also, the clothing interested me. Her characters are all properly dressed for their storyline.
Ms. Tartt is a genius- she must be to create something so epic and engaging. Oh I did NOT want it to end.
I'd call this a longitudinal study of the lives of two children from a dysfunctional family onto which Richard Ford adds carefully observed psychological nuance. So, though there is much to learn about the characters, it's not too much; we are genuinely concerned for their well being throughout their lives. The setting is rendered loosely enough to allow in cold atmospheric light so we can see these flawed, living and breathing characters in action over time. Ford conveys a sense of place is so authentic you will find yourself brushing your hand over the bed to clean the sheets and protect Dell in his little bed . I don't like stories so crushingly sad, but I had to know that Dell made it. I love how this book shows us that choice is key to our survival. I love how Dell understands this truth early in his life. So, I'll wipe away my tears and recommend Canada to anyone who can bear a dark read. It's worth the trip.
The good: she's broken a negative cycle and clearly describes the healthy behavior lead to a happier life. She makes some funny commentary on "manifesting" one's destiny.
The bad: far too much complaining to listen to; I had to turn it off. I hung in as long as I could listening for pearls but I feel like I really made a poor choice spending credits on this book.
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