SAN CARLOS, CA, United States | Member Since 2005
I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of the holocaust literature and some WWII history --this story was definitely one of the will to survive. The family was so close to being able to leave Nazi Germany but instead the story is an accounting is of their life of struggle for 6 years. It's a 2-1/2 hour read and I recommend
I listened to this in 2007 and I loved this book -- what a great story line and the portrayal of the scam artist was so right on and revealing. I loved to hear the rationalization of the character's bad actions, criminal behavior -- fascinating. A nice seamless ending, but totally unknown or not guessed until the very end. It seems the more reading I do, I find that ending the story smoothly, whether it's good or bad, is not an easy thing for authors.
I read this in February 2007.l I like Dean Koontz's novels, and although this one was definitely readable and had a very interesting premise/plot line, it was just sort of slow and just not like "The Husband". or even Frankenstein, the Prodigal Son. Note: It is 2014 and I haven't read a book of his since this review -- just too many others out there to read I guess.
I read this in March 2007 and felt that this book was an eye opener -- I mean, even if you know what happened in the Reagan years, with the closing down of the mental institutions and the eventual flow of these people to the streets as homeless with no place to go except jail, maybe family if they are lucky, and back to the street-- reading this book really brought a reality check for me as to how it works (or, rather, doesn't)
I am interested in books regarding autism, anorexia,the various human disorders, dysfunctions, and any psychological difficulties -- thus, the reason for choosing this title. I read this in August 2009 and didn't know it was written by the brother of the author of Running with Scissors, Aguststen Burroughs, until I listened to the forward. Apparently, this brother is, of course, Aguststen referred to in his book. I really enjoyed it -- very interesting, yet sad, to hear about the struggles of having a disorder that made him just different enough where it was a problem most of his life. It was never diagnosed until he was well into adulthood and then by accident. However, this isn't the point of the story. It makes you think of the kids that you saw being made fun of and wish that children could be more kind -- but there will always be the few out there so it's up to people to intervene. It is a story about John Elder Robison's entire life and it's worth reading, especially so, if you are interested in this sort of subject matter.
I started listening to this book in June 2006, for over an hour and I had to stop as I couldn't tell if the narrator was supposed to be talking as though under water or if it was my electronics. Because I love all of Joyce Carol Oates writings, I decided to start from scratch. I'm glad I did because I then got into the story and found it to be quite gripping and telling.....so give it a chance now that you know this
Listened to in February 2006. I thought this book was well written, penned by the mother of a daughter who was killed in such a horrible way by her husband and he was very close to the family. The resulting events with the husband's (Scott Peterson) parents, post murder, and how the parents antics are described in this book ,with such control by the author, is amazing. I'm just glad that it was put out there in writing for all to see. It comes across as a very accurate account, not sensationalized at all. So glad that Scott is forced to think about his actions in prison -- he could have gotten off if it wasn't for a woman scorned......who blew his cover.
I read this in February 2006. The account by Nora Vincent of her time spent as a man was a quick read. To think that she spent 17 months as an impostor and of the opposite sex! Once you start reading, you realize (as she soon did) that this was not an easy transfer. Nora Vincent covered a good cross spectrum of men's lives where she spent her time. I was fascinated by the story and felt that I was privy to information that could be confirmed by someone who was THERE. I've always thought that it would be tough to be a man; when I was 17 I remember thanking God that I wasn't a guy because I could not imagine being drafted into war. Nora doesn't even get into that topic, of war and drafts -- plenty of other situations to delve into. An excellent read.
I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!
I was so close to LOL moments while listening to at the gym...I'm sure I did laugh out at least once. .I'm glad that I didn't read the reviews as I really thought the short episodes of the worst ideas ever was very funny -- Even the sports related bad ideas was interesting and I'm not particularly a sports fan -- many subject matters were covered. I suppose one could nit pick at the authenticity of it (and maybe rightfully so) but on the surface and with not too much thinking on my part -- it was a good listen! The one that stands out where I don't have to go back and find them all, was the woman's portable urinal contraption...that was where I probably did actually laugh out loud.
I listened to in one sitting -- It's only 3 hours but I really enjoyed it as I missed this headline other than vaguely knowing there was a murder at a Lemon Lulu, but no more than that and it was not on my memory horizon at all. It was a great storyline and a sad tale of murder that didn't have to be. There were so many things that could have prevented this from happening, it makes one wonder if it was meant to be -- but that certainly can't be true. If it was written as fiction, it would have been considered too implausible to the reader
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