You don't have to have an art background to enjoy this book. It is written with humor, mystery, history and art. If you do have an art background, there are so many things that you will "get." All the great Impressionists are mentioned and some take part in the story. You will be amazed at the "source" for ultramarine blue pigment. A very imaginative book. And, I really liked the reader. He was perfect for the time and place. I can't imagine it would be as much fun to read the book myself. Hearing it was a delight.
I really liked this little book; some of it was covered in his earlier work. But, I really like his ideas; find them to be enlightening and timely. I, also, like it when he reads his own work. I have listened to all of his books.
I was interested in the history of the Bataan Death March because WW II was the time of my early childhood, and my parents had a childhood friend who was a survivor of the death march. I have a copy of the article written in our home town paper about him after he returned.
The book told in amazing detail, of the horrible experiences of the men who were captured. Specific names and experiences of many of the men were mentioned, making the account seem somewhat personal. I liked it that some personal information was given about some of the Japanese soldiers. An incredible amount of research must have been done as so much information was given about the march and various places. There is a lot of detail about the suffering of the men. But, many survived.
I liked the reader and thought he had the right tone for this book.
I like the story about 9/11 and I like the parts about his personal experience with blindness, his family, education, the dogs. I thought it was well written and the reading was good. But, I didn't like the religious parts and wouldn't have read it if I had known that would become such a big part of his story.
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