I have not read the hardcover book. I knew John Thaw primarily through movies and television. This is the reason I chose the audio version. He seems more alive on this format.
I found the moment he found out he had esophageal cancer and the life he chose to live afterwards both brave and heart breaking. I still have his Morse episodes on CD. That is the beauty of this medium. He lives forever.
Sheila Hancock's performance spot on. I can not envision anyone else recording this. The emotion she conveys truly moved me. I listened to the audio book twice. Wonderful
John Thaw's dignity through his illness and his relationships were inspiring.
I just loved getting to know John Thaw the man, it gives me more insight into his characters.
I had just seen his HBO special and really liked it. When I started listening the story became a totally different animal. I no know it takes Crystal's stge movement and faces to mke it work. I have always liked Billy Crystal but see him on stage. The book is dry,slow and I wish I had not purchased it. Sorry Billy.
This is an intelligent, insightful funny book. When I purchased it I though it was light and easy to listen to book. Within 10 minutes I had restarted the story. Phyllis Theroux is a woman my age. In understand why she journals. I do the same. I can't express enough the wit and intelligence of this writer, who is also the narrator. It is her life, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have listened to it twice to pick up the literary references . For now it is my default favorite. I highly recommend The Journal Keeper.
Even though this book is not read by Hitch you can still here his voice in every word. His stories are/were always entertaining, very funny, educational and filled with his amazement of his life. As he said in his interview with Charlie Rose "I am leaving the party earlier than I though I would, much earlier. I also highly recommend Hitch 22. It is read by Hitch and you will listen over and over.
This small book is magical. Anyone who has lost a family member will say "oh the same thing happened to me." Having lost too many people in my family I found this book at times funny, because I did the same thing, sad, not maudlin and educational. I have always liked Joan Didion's books but this one is my favorite. She recalls the small details one would experience after a death. She could not give his shoes away because he might come back and need them. That is a perfect example of magical thinking whether you are thinking like a sociologist or a psychologist or have lost a loved one.
Joan Didion's book Blue Nights is about the death of her daughter. I think of them as companion books but not alike. Read A Year of Magical Thinking. Sometimes it will make you smile.
I enjoyed the book The Hollywood. There are a lot of great stories mentioning familiar and famous movie stars, Cary Grant among them. Michael Caine is as entertaining in the audio book as he is on film. I listened to this book during a run of insomnia and I could not only hear him smiling but visualize him there talking to me. You will not learn anything new or scandalous here. You will be entertained by a great actor telling great stories.
Do not bother with this book. A few facts and then the narrator does the Ingrid Bergman voice. That ruined it for me. From what I have read about Ingrid Bergman this book is bad fiction.
What can I say, who does not like Dick Cavett. He goes through his early years, his show biz years and his walks and talks with William Styron, Art Buchwald about their depress. Very entertaining.
If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada you will like Grace. Her road to the fashion industry and Anna Wintour is interesting and personal. She is funny, insightful and tells her story with both humor and honesty.
I first read Sherwin Nuland's book after my mother died. I flipped through it again when my father died. Now I have listened to How We Die without emotions influencing my read. It is very good in telling you how systems fail and what that leads to.. Mr. Nuland is not out to frighten anyone but just to explain why things go wrong in the body and what those things lead to. Highly recommend it.
This is our history and yet it seems like a science fiction novel. The first hand stories are heart breaking. If you have seen the photos of Dorothea Lange or the movie The Grapes of Wrath you will have a slight idea of the amount of suffering that occured.
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