I enjoy the plots in this series but in this book, some of the descriptions were a little more gritty than I would have liked. Overall, still a good book.
The premise of a war between China and the US was interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the tempo and language of the dialog among the Chinese ministers. However, perhaps I have watched too many West Wing shows, I did not believe the flow of the dialog of the military commanders and the President. The description of the military equipment and the actual fighting was interesting but it's not my thing.
I have been trying to get a better understanding of the development of the Tea Party and the internal dynamics of the parties. This book did a nice job blending the history of Congress with the folks who are now there. There were also nice vignettes of each of the freshmen and of the "old timers". Each Congress person seems to spend the most time
out-conniving each other or the other party rather than compromising to solve the issues.
As far as the book goes, I give it "A" rating. As far as Congress goes, I proclaim "a pox on all of their houses".
The plot was good but my experience with computer scientists did not match that of Andrew's. Andrew is so much more emotional and acted a bit irrational at times. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed getting to know the other characters.
Here is a group of bored and spoiled kids looking for the next thrill. After each adventure, they think they have finally found happiness but the euphoria does not last for long. There are Narnia type adventures but frankly, I think Harry Potter has a better grasp of reality and better moral compass than they do. I wanted to stop reading the book during the middle third but my interest picked up after that especially after meeting Chatwin. Like gamblers, the group will always be looking for the next thrill. This book will not be one of my favorites.
I downloaded this book because I'm a fan of the narrator, Barbara Rosenblatt. The story line was pretty good but I was not prepared for the faith lessons provided by the two main characters. I respect those lessons but it didn't make me like the book any more because of them.
My image of a book conservator is one who is thoughtful, patient and plans carefully. The main character was anything but. She consistently acted immaturely and lied or spoke half truths about what she saw. Why? There were other unbelievable issues: The author used a southern California slang term for highway 101 by calling it "the 101" which is not a good thing for a story set in northern California. She also described the main character's floormates in terms that bordered on typical gay stereotypes. It was a very hard book to finish.
I didn't realize until this book how a narrator can significantly influence a character. I've always enjoyed Barbara Rosenblatt's interpretation but in this one narrated by Cherry Jones - Goldie comes across a little "even tempered" or less passionate about what she's facing.
My other comment is about the story line - I don't agree that protecting Arch from his Father's continuing abusive treatment of his ex-wife in order to maintain a father-son relationship was a good idea. Arch is growing up and needs to learn that women are not to be treated the way his mother was and is. I kept wanted to talk back to my Audible player about this!
As usual, the food preparation was tantalizing and I continued to marvel at how she accomplished making such wonderful meals in such a short amount of time.
This book is a mix of several genres: autobiography, historian, house builder. I enjoyed picking up little tidbits of her life but if you were expecting a start-middle-end, this is not for you.
There are three distinct parts of this book: Rafael's youth, the story of ants and then the fight to save the preserve against development. They are each interesting and reasonably tied together. The narrator was easy to listen to, as well.
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