poplarville, MS, United States | Member Since 2005
Ordinarily, I do not like to comment or review a book unless I found it to be exceptional or something I truly enjoyed. This book had a riveting story, and I like these people as artists, but had to get over Patti Smith's reading of it. She has a way of speaking that is flat and monotonous. That being said, I thought this was worthwhile
excellent book about an indian woman's rape and the effects it has on not just her life but the life around her. Contrary to some people's opinion about the reader, I really loved the narrater, and thought the story would not have been as rich without him. He is an indian himself, and it gives the lives he speaks of an aura of authenticity. There are many insights into what life can be like on a reservation, its isolation, poverty, and what happens to some people because of it.
there is a legal snafu concerning tribal versus U.S. law, and that becomes the crux of the idea of justice -
highly recommend this book.
thought this was an excellent overview of Dickens life. It really gave me a feel for the streets and milieu of his particular period of life. I enjoyed it especially when Ms. Tomalin reviewed his various novels and showed what was going on in his life at the same time. I had a glimpse of Dickens as a flawed, amazing man.
This book is a family saga, with a few true events and personalities thrown in, such as henry ford and his labor practices.
Almost all the characters in this novel are so well delineated, that it is hard to pick just one that actually stands out, because the writer makes it easy to visualize them all, and the reader, although somewhat dramatic, has the accents down pat.
the central person is Cal or Callie, and
the implication is that the genetic accident of Cal's birth is responsible for the hermaphroditism that results. A good argument for tolerance, and acceptance, of "gender challenged" people, actually.
These generations of a family, are detailed and vividly expressed, told with humor and compassion of foibles and aspects of daily life. It has a few passages with almost explicit sex, however, the majority of the book is so true to life and intelligently written that I found it quite entertaining and certainly recommend this so highly.
the best thing, although the story is well crafted, are the characters, some normal, some really not normal, a funhouse ride.
funny, crude and rude.
If you like the language and writing of Dickens or Austin, you will like this writing. why say "not likely" when you can say "doubtful in the extreme"? so much better. An absorbing victorian mystery, with vivid personalities. the melodrama makes it all the more humorous, but really such a good story and memorable characters.
Can't recommend this enough. So amazing, the things that went on after Katrina, the red tape and failures of common sense. a well written account of one man's experience, truly horrible, but makes for engrossing reading.
Just wonderful. Excellent writing, original storyline, good characterizations. If you like Jane austin and Wilkie Collins, this is your cup a tea. a good mystery, with the backbone being the life of a reclusive writer...
a real treat for artists, and a spellbinding thriller. Thought this was the best Michael Gruber that is available on audible. After reading this, I downloaded the rest of his work, but still think this is the best. the details about art and conservation are spot on with only one exception that any art restorer would know is bogus. However, the story is one to keep you guessing and riveted. loved it.
I happen to adore these western mysteries, and have read all of Craig Johnson, may his books continue to be offered on audible... The narrator, George Guidall is excellent, and perfectly suited to these books. the only caveat is that Mr. Johnson employs, the phrase, "I thought about it" a little too often. Otherwise, these books are all terrific. the sherif of Wyoming (mythical county, but real locations) is honest, flawed, and noble. love him.
If you need a happy ending, don't go for this one. If you like a well written, detailed, engrossing story then this will certainly suffice. The writing is beautiful, with humor and the harsh reality of tough western pioneer life well expressed.
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