Somerset, Kentucky, United States | Member Since 2011
For any American History buff, it is a must, A superb description of Marbury v Madison, the issues surrounding the same, and the personages involved. John Marshall towers in early American history, and I hardly knew him at at all. Long enough to learn something from, but short enough not to bog down, Well read. Get it.
How men continue to be so cruel to other men(and women and children) for no good reason at all remains a mystery to me. Indeed, the veneer of civilization is thin.
I chose to listen to this book to teach me more about Lawrence himself, and to understand better this part of World War I. I am sorry to say that I did not know just how much I didn't know about either. Although the book is excessively long, and probably too detailed, it does what what the author set out to do in my mind...first to paint Lawrence as an extremely bright, iconoclastic human; full of pure intent, but unable to change history as much as he would have liked; and to point out the incredible folly of the Great War, and the mess it left the Middle East in, a mess which is still problematic to this very day.
Dickens best, about unrequited love, deep friendship, and the importance of integrity. Irony abounds, as it always does. Enjoy.
Even when Mr.Sandford is not at his best, he is still pretty damn good. I imagine I will buy the next one too.
Mr. King continues to demonstrate that he can write about anything well. For all of the things that I have come to appreciate over the years about his storytelling is his persistent way of making heroes, or heroines, of the most unlikely characters. Horror, mystery, crime novels....it does not seem to matter. He knows, and understand the human heart, and the consistent struggle of good versus evil. Read, or listen. You will not be disappointed.
Historical fiction in a way that is well written and entertaining. Sometimes race relations and their ongoing difficulties become clearer historical context. It is present here, as is America entering the world stage in full force.
I have read much of John Sandford, and Lucas Davenport, but there is something about listening to the story that makes it much more vivid. I love Lucas, and Weather, and this was one of my favorite Prey books. No question that the earlier books are more vicious than the later titles in the series.
States very well that we all are so busy, that sometimes we forget where we are going.
I still think Irving's best novel. Full of irony and humor, it's major point of emphasis remains Dr. Larch's insistence on the useful life. Whether you are prolife or prochoice, Irving lays out the issues on both fronts and forces the reader to think.
It is difficult for me to describe just how well this book is written. The character development, especially the description of Daniel Blank's slow descent into madness, is on a level of artistic excellence. I first read this book when published in the 70's, and I had forgotten just how good it was. Listening made me appreciate the book in a new way. It also makes one appreciate just how differently we access information in the day of the Internet. Read this novel. You will not be disappointed.
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