Not a great fan of the politics of 43, but this book sets out the case for the defense pretty well. Exceptionally well read. Structure makes it easy to dip in and out. Recommend!
I listened to this over about 3 days It's easy to listen to, with the 3 stories intertwined working well for me as I did not quickly tire of any particular character. I found all 3 parallel lives interesting, all asking me something about my own life. I have no secrets of this magnitude, but despite the 3 main characters being women (and I'm a guy) the themes resonate. The dialogue, spoken and imagined, rings true.
Ms Lee's reading is excellent.
The story is set in Oz, but that's a bit irrelevant. It would work anywhere. The main characters are Catholic, again a bit of an irrelevance. Tess and Conor, John-Paul and Cecillia, and Rachel - I can imagine them all.
Particularly Cecillia was a bit irritating at times, But that made her no less real. I know plenty of "a ibit irritating" people. I am happily married, and the nightmare that unfolds for all characters makes me shiver. I cried a little bit. Not ashamed of it, who wouldn't faced with the situations outlined.
I was gonna write "twists and turns right to the end". But that's not really true. There are some unexpected twists, But this isn't a novel which tries to trick you every 50 pages/minutes - I realized that half-way through. I had a good idea of where it was going by then, and I desperately wanted to find out if I was right.
Someone on goodreads asked what the Berlin Wall stuff was all about, and gave the book 0 stars. I think her/she missed the point, maybe hoping that Janie would turn up in Berlin in 1989. Take a different turn, make a simple choice, and your life changes forever. On some level we all know that already, no?
Anyways I enjoyed it. I didn't watch the telly, listen to the radio, read a newspaper, or fill in my tax return. I finished listening to the book, til the very end. Listening carefully, attention grabbed. Is that not the point?
First, the narration is IMO very good. I have no idea how Lee Smolin talks, but Mr Dixon sounds a very authentically irritated physicist. OK, he's just reading the text, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Good choice, and well done.
The text/book is hard going at times. The core points are well made, if perhaps a bit too often. As a pee-existing skeptic of string theories, he was preaching to the choir a bit in my case, but his argument is strong and supported by both logic and evidence.
The dual narration is very good, helped by the fact that there are a lot of relatively short chapters.
19+ hours sounds steep, but only took me 3 days to finish.
Twists and turns and some suspense. Very clever. It will, I think, make a decent movie that people will talk about, ala Indecent Proposal. Will they keep the same ending? I wonder ....
sometimes the delivery is a bit wooden, but Neil Warnock's tale rings true. I don't doubt the events he described unfolded much as he describes them, and as a footie fan they are interesting stories and anecdotes. An easy listen.
The (audio) book title here is a tad misleading, there is much more on the life and presidency of JFK than his death. Also little speculation, I don't think the grassy knoll even gets a mention. A lot is left to reader/listener to decide themselves. As it should be.
That BoR narrates himself helps a lot. The words are his words (with his co-writer) and this lends authenticity. How much of the material is new or unique is doubtful, but in my mind that does not matter much. The pace is fine for me, I found it an easy listen. The more emotional segments, and in the end there is a great human tragedy here, is presented with poise and compassion. To my slight surprise there is no cheap political point scoring, thankfully BoR seems to be above that.
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