Well read - gave an authenticity to the book with the choice of reader.
Perked my interest - wanted to know what would happen next.
Being able to portray the character so well.
Great book! Would recommend it!
Given that I did not have access to the book in hard bound cover, as I was listening to this I began to think that is was written as a true story that bordered on historical fact and story together.
The was extremely well written and the author did a fantastic job of depicting the lives of various characters that lived during that time frame. Thus, making me exceptionally glad that I was born in the modern time and in the US. To be Korean woman in the early 1900's definitely had its undue hardships towards the feminine. The excess of values that they held so dearly with their views are certainly ones that would not be tolerated in today's world.
This books moves along very quickly and continuously sparks ones emotions as the different events happen. Be prepared to listen and enjoy all the different emotions that pass through as you hear each event and imagine yourself in her shoes. I also now have a better concept of why some of the different cultures also have a lack of tolerance with each other and why.
Well done and highly recommended!
Great depiction of both the history and the present with the family. The role reversal of father and son and some of the background also presents it's self in ways that were unexpected at times. As we all struggle and strive to make it better for our children, hearing some of those trials and tribulations makes one realize that we are all in the same path of life.
I personally was very drawn to the movie made with Martin Sheen and the insights to this were both encouraging and moving. Well written and a nice reflection off of both father and son in a different way.
When I was about six years old, we toured a chapel of the bones and remains of St. Peter on display in Odense, Denmark. About 20 mins after we exited, I became quite upset over what I'd seen and couldn't comprehend why our bodies turned like this. That was my first exposure to death. Once my mother realized that she probably shouldn't have taken me to this part of the tour, she did her best to console me.
I think this nice little book should be allowed in schools. For too many of us, exposure to death is not 'nearly enough' at such a young age. For those of us that have been sheltered and do not have these experiences till we are older, does not really help us. It only worsens pain later on by not having this experience or by not having the opportunity to talk about it. Even though some of us are blessed to not be exposed, this is an area that should be talked about from a younger age. Death is unfortunately a part of life and to try to 'save some of us' from that is not in our best interest. I wish I had read this at 9 or 10 years of age. Maybe earlier.
At the end of this story there is a little narrative discussion with the author. They talked about the fact that death is not appropriate for children and thus the reasons why they banned the book. Right, so well stated. Death is not appropriate for anyone, let alone children. However, given that it is in all our lives at some point, avoiding it by not reading a story that gently brings it up, is not justifiable means to a 'false-safe-harbour'.
This is well written book. The events that transpire are written in such a way that allows for a gentle exposure to the concept. I would encourage anyone who has children, to consider reading this with them as a way to bring up the topic. I wish my mum had done this with me or at least considered it instead of trying to completely shelter me from it.
What a lovely collection of uplifting and delightful short stories. Perfect on a winters day to remind you of being grateful for all things. Seeing the beauty in everything.
He starts out a little dry and if you have no medical background you may get a little lost but stick through that first part. It will end shortly.
The really thought provoking moment comes toward the end and when it can all be wrapped up. The revelation at the end will you give you pause, especially if you have ever encountered and kind of NDE or if you have only just encountered 'an out of body' experience. If neither of those apply, the you may want to read this for some answers to those unanswered questions in the back your mind.
Since the loss of my 'heart parent' - my father, I am always looking for different verifications that death as we know it, is certainly not The End. This was a comfort to me to read this and to see what so may others have also said in the past. Although I wish no ill on others, it would be well interpreted by those who are in the medical field when these kinds of experiences occur. When the Right brain meets the Left brain, both brains are better together, correct?
I glad you wrote this account Eben. May more people realize and acknowledge that there is something greater to be had.
The story was well played but I didn't realize that it was geared to such a young group of participants. This may have appealed to me more in my 20's than it did now. Rather age specific. It was a good story and there were some values instilled on an underlying sense. I'd recommend this to my assistants' daughter who is in her third year of college at this point, not her mother all the same.
Living in the far north, its always nice to hear a different story that describes how life goes on in a hotter side of the world. The twists in this novel were unexpected and different and not where one would expect this story to turn. Would recommend this as a different side to this element of how cultures interact and when love takes form from the 'traditional' type of thinking.
I've not read a Grisham novel since either his first or close to it back in the 90's. this is the first audio of his that I have listened to and it was well done. A read for a our book club this was well done. The narrator does a great job of describing the elements and portraying a good picture in my mind. I would recommend this book if you want a quick jaunt out of your own reality to get engrossed in a different series of events.
Although this book had it's moments the ending was rather disappointing and the whole story line just sort of fizzled out. This is the authors first book and maybe others will be be better but it's as though she put all her energy into the first and middle portions and then lost seeing it through to the end. If that what she wrote is what was truly intended though, then I won't be rushing to obtain another one too soon based on this one.
This is one of my top books thus far. Well done all the way around.
Having the Australian dialect for the story had a great way of transporting me out of my own American residence and every day moment. It was great to be so drawn into a book!
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