There are funny moments in an "oh my that's awful" sort of way, but why would I want to read about bodily fluids of all types in excruciating detail set in a home ruled by people with no control over their lives. If you want a voyeuristic appreciation of abysmal human behavior than this is for you, all wrapped up in nervous laughter.
This is an amazing story of an improbable truth. A down and out loser from a small town announces as a youth that he will grow up to be a rock star and kill himself - and he actually succeeds against all probability.
The story is marred however by the fact that the recording is missing chapter 12. This is clearly an error on audibles part. I've tried to contact them on the issue. I hope they fix it.
I really enjoyed this story of the Chicago Worlds Fair. It cronicles an interesting time in history, a transition from a world without electric lighting, paved roads, and automobiles, to one where the industrial age, electricity, and mobility are the norm. It also showcases the sad story of how any new social change will find an evil exploiter. A great read.
I guess DeMille felt that the world has forgotten the Vietnam War so he goes to Vietnam and tries to re-educate us, all the while wrapping this travelog in an unmoving story that is barely there and hardly believable. This is one long, slow, dull read.
I'd heard great things about the author and so decided to begin at the beginning. He has a way with characterization that is sometimes charming but the story itself is very standard stuff. When I got to the dragons I thought, well, this is like every other Tolkein copy. Yawn.
Charlie Wilson's War reads like engaging fiction, but it's engaging reality and another example of truth sometimes being stranger than fiction. If you want to better understand what we're facing in Iraq through the lesson of Afghanistan, the Talaban, insurgency, the trade of international arms and weapons funding, this book will enlighten. How do barefoot tribesman living in caves get their hands on high tech weapons? Read Charlie Wilson's War, and you'll understand. I highly recommend it.
Shadow Divers was an outstanding book and I don't give that praise lightly. Highly recommended, a testosterone charged world of underwater adventure, investigative mystery, and World War II history, with a touch of Vietnam and a dash of personal tragedy and triumph.
I decided I should start adding my two cents worth since I've been snookered by some overly glowing reviews and also assisted by some great reviews. I'd add Transmission to the great list. It was thouroughly enjoyable, especially because I work in the technology sector and with Indian developers. The story line is engaging, entertaining, and at times educational. The author's reading was excellent. There were a few plot loose ends, but I still heartily recommend it. A modern fable of technology, outsourcing, and love.
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