This is a very touching human story of triumph over tragedy. A very good listen.
This is the story of Mariatu's life as she was touched by the most violent and the most compassionate of human spirits. She of course is the favourite character but she is shaped by all those who helped her survive.
I have not listened to any of her performances before; I did however find her voice a bit annoying.
It is a very emotional book. It shows the best and the worst of humanity and as it is a true story it is heartwarming that good triumphs over evil. It also shows the strength of the human spirit and its will to survive.
Another amazing story from a war torn country. For anyone who has always lived in a developed, "first world", peaceful, stable and democratic country, stories like this are quite unbelieveable. Most of us just cannot comprehend that this kind of thing happens, at least not in our lifetime. If you liked books like "A Long Way Gone" or "Left to Tell", you will like this book.
I enjoyed learning about the Monarch Butterfly and it's migration pattern. I didn't really think the story surrounding it was very interesting.
I loved her book "The Poisonwood Bible" but that's the only other one I've read. This was not nearly as good.
Really nothing special about this book. I would not recommend it to friends.
I did find their perspective amusing and definitely had some laugh out loud moments but for the most part, the hyperbole was a bit overdone.
There are so many good books to read and so little time; I would probably tell them to give it a pass.
The performance was fine.
Not sure; maybe.
I'm not religious so I found this book amusing but I think very religious people may find it offensive.
There was some interesting parts of this book but I found it went on a bit too long and I lost interest. I loved the main character and his spirit as well as his interesting past but that is where my love for the book ends.
I guess I might try one more to be fair before I rule it out entirely.
I actually think my favorite scene was the very first one where he slipped out to avoid his 100th birthday party that he did not want. It pleased me when the nasty nurse couldn't find him.
I always like learning about real historical events through a novel like this so I did like all of the stories about his past.
Although this book wasn't my favorite read, there were people in my Book Club who thought it was one of the best books they've read so give it a try.
I would prefer to see people doing "the right thing" so I would have liked to have seen one of the mothers try to get their sons to do the right thing rather than helping them to avoid getting caught.
Haven't heard another one.
He did a very good job with intonations whether suggesting sarcasm or showing disdain for "Serge". I think this definitely added to the listen over reading it yourself.
No, not really. Not sure where you would go from there. So much dysfunction; so little story.
It wasn't a "feel good" book and so much was implausible. While I totally understand the parental protectiveness I think very few people would "cross the line" like that even for their child. Most would feel that trying to help their child become a better person would trump helping them get away with something even if that means jail and rehabilitation. I also really didn't like the unrealistic, imaginary "mental disease" that was portrayed as something you could detect with amniocentesis. I don't think this was very scientifically plausible and sort of made the author look as though they hadn't done any research on this type of thing.
Compassion, generosity, intuition.
Gorillas in the Mist.
I was always amused when he spoke the part of Francoise.
When one of the baby elephants was born with deformed feet and the entire herd stood by trying to shade the helpless infant from the hot sun and trying to get it to stand so it could survive; I found this whole scene very moving.
This was an exceptionally well written account of an exceptionally generous undertaking by an exceptional man. With little regard for his own safety or economical repercussions, Lawrence selflessly saved a herd of elephants from death. With incredible intuition and unending generousity, Lawrence gave his time and resources in an effort to bond with these wild creatures in order to not "tame" but to "settle" this herd so that they would not be put to their death. It is a very moving story showing the great intelligence of elephants and demonstrating the best of mankind in Lawrence.
Yes I would. It is full of memorable characters interwoven into interesting historical scenes.
Mary Abacus is my favorite. She is smart, kind and overcomes so many terrible obstacles while still hanging onto her incredible humanity.
He was amazing with all the different voices and accents. A real treat to listen to. Whether male, female, Irish or Australian; he could do every character.
Ikey Solomon is very memorable. As his life twists and turns you never know what he is going to get up to next.
Looking forward to Book 2 of this Trilogy.
I liked how the narration twists the present day court case with the events leading up to it.
I liked the suspense and the story's twists.
The grampa in jail was pretty colorful.
Love is Not Always Blind
The characters were very unique and varied yet believable.
Near the beginning when Sally dies; tragic scene.
When they killed off the nasty tutor and hid his body.
In the middle; not the best; not the worst.
The Cellist of Sarajevo------a war story of human triumph.
Eggs for the Colonel's Daughter
Interesting story but with gruesome, disturbing details. War is not pretty so a realistic portrayal.
I had not read the print version but it had been on my "list" for years. The audio version did not disappoint so I'll assume it was at least as good as the print version.
There is a scene where Katie rescues her daughter Francie from an attacker by running for a pistol hidden in their home. That was quite a memorable scene.
The scene where the young children "catch" a large tree thrown at them to bring home as their Christmas tree was definitely one of my favorites.
Katie is the most memorable character for me because she is such a strong woman who manages to bring up her children in such extreme poverty with such love and happiness despite their unfortunate lot in life.
The narrator of this audiobook did a great job with all the characters. I also like how the book shows that money does not buy happiness and that the love of family can sustain you through the worst of circumstances. I also like how Francie, despite the less than fortunate upbringing, just loves Brooklyn, her childhood home.
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