Inferno read like a mediocre movie script. As a result, it was disconnected and disjointed with two dimensional and predictable characters. As a result, the book is boring and filled with unnecessary and repetitive scenes. Like John Grisham, Dan Brown has sold out his considerable talent for the sake of movie rights. This will probably be the last Brown book that I read or listen to.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is a complex problem with both sides contributing to the struggle for each group to be autonomous. Had Uris acknowledged the equal culpability of the Jewish settlers in escalating tensions, the book may have been tolerable.
His one-sided picture of a complex subject has done so much harm as he justifies the excesses of the Israelis in destroying a rich and ancient culture.
As I listened to this grossly exaggerated and inflammatory piece of garbage, I became more and more incensed by the author's willingness to blame the Palestinians for their homelessness and degradation.
Uris presnted This blatant piece of anti-Arab propagand in a blurred fact/fiction format that blames the displaced Arabs for their forced homelessness. His specious arguments come across as grossly biased, untrustworthy, drenched in bigotry. Gratuitous scenes of Arab sex-and-violence are inserted to remind the reader that this is a "savage, uncivilized people, hell-bent on revenge for having their lands and livlihoods forcibly stripped from them. Generalizations about the Arab "nature" abound. Similar remarks about blacks or Jews would probably be considered unpublishable and inflammatory.
Absolutely! The author's ability to weave the stories of several complex characters stands out among writers. I felt as if I had been sucked into a swirling whirlpool that drew me deeper and deeper in the the plot.
The final chapter of the book in which all is revealed stands out.
With a book of this length, selecting a single scene as a favorite is virtually impossible.
Anna became my most memorable characters for her depth.
I am a huge Stephen King fan and consider him to be one of the best authors around. All that being said, Dr. Sleep left me sleepy rather than sleepless. The story seemed contrived and predictable. It certainly did not meet the usual high King standards. I almost felt as if he had run out of ideas and decided to dust off an enthralling tale of the super natural, hoping to touch on the glory of The Shining. Don't get me wrong--I still couldn't stop listening to this sequel; I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Perhaps another and more serious problem was the narrator. Will Patton tried to inject the missing feeling into the book with an often sonorous voice that attempted to convey fear and tension. Instead, he interfered with the story, often detracting from the tale with his overly dramatic reading of simple sentences.
However, an author as prolific and talented as Stephen King is entitled to an occasional miss. I will continue to look forward to his amazing offerings with anticipation.
Stephen King brings his prodigious intelligence to a difficult task--addressing the growing gun violence in this country. He comes from a place in the middle of a mind-boggling controversy and presents a well thought out solution to this conundrum. It is a must read for anyone who agonizes over protecting our second amendment rights while controlling the proliferation of death-dealing firearms.
Americans are obsessed with breasts as sexual signifiers. As a result, their real beauty and purpose become obscured. This delightful, well-written, and carefully researched book examines many facets of our breasts including breast enhancement and the real role of the breast--feeding our young. I particularly enjoyed Williams study of the environmental hazards that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Finally, the narrator's matter of fact reading invited the listener to pause and consider that maginificent orb--the human breast.
One of the best!
The book had so many outstanding and memorable moments that I could not possibly single out one.
Vance has the ability to bring life to a variety of men and women with believable sh*ts in accents, intonations, and emotions.
As a student of the Tudor dynasty, I crave historically accurate and compelling interpretations. Until now, my attention has centered on the royals with barely a nod to the supporting cast. Mantel has done an outstanding job fleshing out Cromwell's character and bringing him out from behind the door. My only quarrel with this second book is that Henry VIII is portrayed as a buffoon, driven by his single minded desire for a male heir. Although Cromwell held considerable power, he did not match Henry in intelligence and ability to bring peace to a nation ripped apart by its devastingv civil war that brought the
Tudors to the throne.
If you love history and are fascinated by the players, read this outstanding .novelization of Cromwell's rise to power in Henry VIII's court
Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet shares many of the same characteristics. Both books examine the uses and abuses of power by both secular and religious people and institutions. The authors weave facts into rich and complex fictions.
Slater added verbal nuances that reflect the often cynical and sardonic voices that might have been missed in reading the books.
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I usually enjoy Scottoline's stories but had this been the first one that I had read, I would never read another. Perhaps the book would have been tolerable had Maggi-Meg
Reed not been the narrator. She failed to bring life to the characters. In fact, her whiny, and often overly dramatice oral interpretation eliminated all possibility of sympathy and belief. I doubt that I would purchase any other stories that she might read.
The plot was trite, the characters insipid, and completely unbelievable. Her other books may have tested credulity but this one was ridiculous and not up to her standards.
I seldom talk back to books but this one was an exception.The protagonist, a supposedly intelligent woman, failed to engage my sympathy. Even for fiction, her behavior and thought process suggested a self-centered, self-involved fool who had no sense of consequences for her actions. I found myself muttering "how can you be so stupid? what else did you expect? you must be kidding." Please Ms. Scottoline, don't torture your readers with books that fall far below your usual standards.
As an avid fan of Stephen King's outstanding fantasy series, The Dark Tower, I enjoyed peeking through the keyhole into Roland's early days as a gunslinger in the "world that had moved on." As usual, King seduces the reader with his masterful manipulation of the English language. No matter if the reader is reading the book or listening to it, she becomes so immersed that the division between the written word and reality thins.
I find it difficult to select a favorite character because they are so vivid and real. Each one draws the reader forward into whatever tale is being told.
King knows and loves his characters. As a result, he understands what they sound like and feel. Through King's skillful reading, the characters leap from the pages and into the homes of the reader/listeners. Each one owns a particular and distinct voice that only King can reproduce in its fulness.
My house sparkled and my garden bloomed weed-free as I used every opportunity to listen to this engaging tale.
Stephen King is often dismissed as a writer of horror fiction; yet he has not written or published in this genre since the 1980s. Most of his significant later books explore the nature of good and evil through stories drawn from every day possibilities. I have been a King fan since the beginning and his books become more complex with each passing year. I use his fiction to teach writing and critical thinking because he has such a superior grasp of language construction. He invites the reader in and gently closes the door.
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