Nearly the entire living world is aware of David McCullough's talents as a writer. As someone who enjoys US History, this book was a natural selection after having enjoyed Mr. McCullough's previous efforts. What surprised me was how this book brought me to life in the 19th century. The books description of places and events had me believing I was there. What greater gift can an author give than extended life? After listening to The Greater Journey, Mr. McCullough has me feeling as if I've lived nearly 200 years. What a marvelous gift!
Sharing Paris with some of the greatest American writers, philosophers, artists, sculptors, and physicians is a unique privilige that only someone of Mr. McCullough's talents can bring so vividly to life.
Strictly a portrait of Jesus from an historical prospective. Facts are interspersed with probabilities and likelihoods, but this book held my attention from beginning to end. This is one man's perspective based upon extensive work and study. In my opinion, it should be combined with the studies and reflections of others in forming one's opinions and beliefs.
I enjoyed this multifaceted and interesting introduction to the study of religious philosophy. These lectures held my attention and inspired me to further study of religion from several different disciplines.
I always enjoy reading well-written and entertaining stories about other lands and other cultures. A Thousand Splendid Suns takes us on a journey through the lives of two Afghanistan-born women. It is a story of pain, suffering, and fear, but also of love and triumph over the odds. It caused me to ponder why some are born to a life of such intense suffering while others of us are born to lives of relative plenty. It also gave me cause to reflect on our country and our government and to ponder whether our actions help to relieve suffering or contribute to it. That one is a difficult call to make.
Doris Kearns Goodwin obviously works endlessly on research. This audiobook not only educated me, but allowed me to feel as if I were living in the time period and walking the streets of Washington DC during the Civil War. She reveals the complexities of Lincoln and the men who served him and our country so well during this critical time in our history. A quite lengthy piece, I still had a feeling of disappointment when I completed it because it had been such an enjoyable journey. Suzanne Toren's narration was flawless and gave me the feeling and awareness that I was absorbing the author's viewpoint.
This audiobook was extremely well performed by Elizabeth McGovern. It was a pleasant story about an exceptional woman whose life spanned nearly the entirety of the 20th century. It is a story of not only who we were, but who we strive to be.
A classic story with a near perfect performance of narration. I had the pleasure of feeling as if I were on the skiff with the old man. Listening took me back to my time in the Carribbean and the Atlantic many years ago. Simply an auditory pleasure.
I eagerly anticipated the release of this book because I had a great appreciation for Ms. King's talent and always sensed that she was an exceptionally good and decent person. Her memoirs caused me to think about a generation of young people, many of whom seemed to become musicians, born during the second world war. There has been much said and written about the baby boomers and our effect upon society. However, it has been this immeadiately preceeding generation, born during the war, which have been our leaders and our guides, our big brothers and sisters. It is they who deserve much of the credit for the quality of life we have enjoyed.
If you can imagine sitting for several hours pleasantly and contentedly listening to an old friend share the stories of their experiences, you have a feel for the enjoyment you'll have experiencing this book. It's not perfect and I doubt any of us is capable of creating a truly accurate self-portrait, but Carole's stories and reflections will carry you through a journey of your own life and fill you with the warmth of remembering how very good it has been.
Just as it would be listening to any friend, sometimes her stories seem to go into excessive detail in some areas and leave out significant information in other areas. In the end, I think you'll close this book with the warm feeling of having spent time with an incredibly hard-working, talented, warm, and loving woman. You'll be a better person for the experience.
I'm always fascinated by psychology and enjoy understanding myself and my fellow man in greater detail. Blink made a major change in my method of thinking. I crave more data and information and believe with sufficient data, I can analyze and solve any problem. Blink made me consider that often, I need virtually no data at all to surmise a situation and respond to it properly and efficiently. This was the first Malcolm Gladwell book I have enjoyed, and I will look forward to learning much more from his other book offerings.
I read several reviews before beginning this book and there was no indifference, people either loved it or hated it. I'll preface my comment by stating upfront that I love John Irving, John Updike, and Jack Kerouac. At times, I felt as if this novel was assembled from a couple dozen unrelated short stories and that the author had sat at the kitchen table contemplating how he might assemble all of these stories into a single novel. No matter how scattered and strange it may have seemed, it definitely worked for me!
This is a novel for people who enjoy life outside the norm and prefer their novels to be quirky yet humanly revealing. I certainly found it to give me the feel of an Irving or Updike novel.
An entertaining story which accurately depicts a slice of life at a small college in middle America. The strength of this novel are its characters. Quite simply, I was not prepared to say good-bye and I believe that is the best compliment that can be given to any novel. A marvelous story - a great performance by the narrator - and many enjoyable hours of listening.
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