This book helped me realize that my favorite type of audio book is memoirs read by the author. Russo's book is a forthright, well written/told journey of his life as influenced by his mother, his roots in upstate NY, and in the background, the support and stability of life with his wife and daughters. As happens with individuals who are troubled, his mother's life seems to circle round and round the same issues, but that is reality. I recommend to anyone who has enjoyed Russo's books, heard him speak, is interested in his life.
Well written. Loved this book; loved the several narrators for the different characters. Spanish immigrants from from several western hemisphere countries come to Wilmington, Delaware and their stories unfold. Their dreams, feelings, goals were like anyone's so that ethnicity and education seemed irrelevant. I could "see" and feel their challenges of being immigrants,their hesitations and questions as they learned about a new country and culture, their successes & failures & frustrations & love & anger & despair. All of this is wrapped in the stories of 2 families who meet in their housing complex, of the son, Mayor, who befriend's the other family's teenage daughter who suffered brain damage after an accident, of the paths their lives take as half truths, events untold, and miscommunications lead to innocent and unintended outcomes.
The author includes immigrants from several Spanish speaking countries-- some for only a chapter -- as a way to share the differences in origins and what it is like to be looked at "as all the same," with, in this case, Americans not trying to get to know and see each person as an individual. Personally, it put a possible identity to the person who delivers our newspaper every morning of the year. This is Maribel's story, too -- of her parents' love and concern since the accident that handicaps their seeing her as she now is and can be; of Mayor's acceptance and caring for who she is now, and the growth that this relationship fosters. Everyone gains insight, but not without cost.
3 1/2 stars, thus gave it a 4. Insightful, sensitive novel,told through teenager, Hazel, as she deals with incurable cancer, manages friendships and family relationships , falls in love, suffers what major and incurable diseases bring to her and those she loves. Hazel is a bright young woman who brings humor and perspective to those she's with, including an author she and her boyfriend travel to Europe to meet and find to be bitter and mean. The author treats all of the characters with respect and understanding of their perspectives, needs, and feelings. Interesting interview with the author at the end of the audio version.
Narrated with an engaging, friendly, bits of humor delivery by Ms. Bacall. Respectful of others, she shares what she admires and loves about others to the extent that they are part of her story. She tells of her humble beginnings in NYC, her loving & supportive mother, of following her passion for acting, traveling widely, meeting and working with what seems all of the greats in theater and movies over her lifetime, losing the love of her life too soon, loving being the mother of 3 children and a friend to many. The forthright style is who she is, I think, but I'm wondering if the nonabridged version might have felt less succinct -- thus the 3 rather than 4 stars for this version.
I thoroughly enjoyed Anna Quindlen's narration of her memoir, as always, beautifully written -- told as reflections on experiences in her life -- the women's movement,the illness and early death of her mother, childrearing, making room for adult children in the working world, being a writer, holidays/family traditions, menopause, exercise, and much more. Liberally sprinkled with humor and insight -- felt as though she was sharing with me personally. I plan to buy a hard copy of the book as there are quips and portions I'd like to reread and share with others.
If I'd been reading the hard copy I would have sat in a chair and not gotten up till I'd finished it. But, I'm glad I chose the audio version -- the two narrators were perfect and I felt as though Sarah & Handful were telling me their stories. Between my iPad and iPhone, I listened to it at home and in the car, once forgetting an errand because I was so into the story. In the last chapter the author narrates the background for her coming to this story -- it's being based on real Charleston sisters, Sarah & Angelina Grimke, who lived in the early-mid 19th century. Ms. Kidd weaves a compelling story of their lives as southern children, daughters, women -- women of conscience, women who evolve, along with a Grimke slave, Handful, who is about Sarah's age. Her mother sets an example for Handful of finding ways no matter one's situation, to value one's self and to take risks that are just and right. An excellent book, an excellent audio book!
Loved his narration. Well done weaving together of story of Tony Danza's life along with his experience teaching an English honors class at a inner city Philadelphia high school. Love his humor, his willingness to share his foibles along with his successes, his efforts to be a worthy teacher, his insights on education.
While the humor in the first few chapters wasn't for me, I'm glad I continued to listen. Great narration, insightful sharing of his interesting life, poignant moments, and told so that I smiled and laughed.
For the first half -- 1.5 stars; at the end -- 3.5 stars. A definitely quirky book, but the 2nd half kicked in for me, and had me thinking about it after I'd finished.
Secretary Albright writes long books, but then, she's had such an interesting life and has a lot to share. Which she does -- her young life, her juggling of life as a working mother, her progression through several government positions, particularly as a woman in the later half of the 20th century, her experiences with so many in our government and leaders around the world, her observations, involvement, and thoughts on many world events.
Love the audio option because of her narration. She's just great in telling her story with humor and in a straightforward style. Having heard her speak at the Madeleine Albright Institute at Wellesley College, I highly recommend attending her talks, whenever possible.
Well researched, organized, balanced, and articulated book telling of the life of L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, his family, the genesis, evolution, and beliefs of the Church of Scientology, and the lives of many within the church including well known celebrities. The Epilogue is worth listening to/reading more than once.
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