Really in the top third of my library, this story reveals a cold war on many fronts--political as well as personal.
While I don't have a book in mind that compares to it in tone or storyline, the Larry Correia, Grimnoir Chronicles explores some of the various "powers" as well.
Kevin Pariseau has all the accents and foreign languages down. It is a joy to hear him pronounce the French words!
I really had approach and avoidance on this book. Some of the scenes were so painful! However, I have already listened to it twice!
"The Coldest War" is a grown-up book. It delves into relationships that are struggling and painful. It was real and wrenching. I was holding out for a different story line, and hope Agnus has a role in the next book. Tregillis is a rare writer who gives the reader a character that they can love a charater like a brother--and want to give him advice!
I would recommend it to everyone. Even if you are conservative (my hustband), you will find a reason to laugh out loud as Tina shares a life that we all can applaud! We listened to it together over Christmas and wanted to be in the car so we could laugh together! We even sat outside IHOP to finish a segment before breakfast!
I loved when she discussed how her mom dealt with menstration! Yikes--I'm 15 years older that Tina and my mom did the same thing! Then when she wanted to use the "belts" on SNL, my husband remembered skit and still didn't get it!
The hike with the un-boyfriend. Oh, have we all done that!
30 Rock's Bossy Mom
I can't say enough that this book reaches all ages and socio-economic groups. My daughter (in her 30s) has been quoting parts and suggested it to me. I've suggested it to others--I may even buy a hardcopy!
I know a many people who would like this very much--some of them children!
When Jennifer T and Ethan find that the old hotel and much of the foliage have been torn down by the builders. We often mourn nice, new things that are torn down for progress--but there is a comfort in old things, old memories, old ways that can be tragically torn by progress for progress' sake.
Jennifer T was my favorite character. If I had read this as a child--my life would have been very different because of her!
There were many instances of unconditional love--people doing things for others--not for themselves. Not much literature has selflessness in it.
This was a delight to hear the characters as Chabon imagined them as he wrote the book. A gem, a fine summer read.
Yes, I enjoy the worlds of magic that Clare creates and would like to hear the details again.
It depends on how old they are. Teenage girls would like it (as two great boys vie for the same girl), but the "love" story was tiresome for me.
I was glad that they actually didn't only narrate all male or all female characters. Sometimes it can be choppy to have male and female performers trade off.
No, extreme reaction. I liked how it ended and want to read the next book.
I only read one of the Twilight books and found them too tiresome. I hope that Clare doesn't perceive her universe as competing with that one--it is way better--more believable and interesting.
No. It was an except and I was glad it was free.
I needed to hear more of the back story. Just a string of blogs made me think I was reading someone's Facebook-I can do that without spending money and I already know the people. James needs to help me care about the people more than just the C-word.
The characterizations were all by the narrator and totally from her point of view. There are ways that an author can contrive to let us know more about characters, but James doesn't use them.
Maybe a book that actually ties the story together.
Maybe I'm just old and this is the wave of the future. If James wants to write a memoir, then there is a format for that.
I loved the world where dirigibles were the dominant technology rather than airplanes.
Without spoiling, I love the sacrifice some of the Grimnoir make for each other and the world. That's what heroism is all about--selflessness.
I really loved how he characterized Faye. She was smart, yet self-effacing. The accent/drawl never wavered--he was always right on.
What if magic were genetic?
My nephew turned me on to Correia as an author--and I'm very pleased with this first book. A reasonable system of magic, interesting twists on how history might have been, and heroes that could be in my family. I look forward to the next installation!
Cons, books, revenge
Interweaving of disparate stories into a compelling tale.
I loved when Oliver taunts Reuben with the telescope in Jonathon's attic.
When Annabelle talks about her mom looking down on her successful con.
If you like Baldacci and haven't read the Camel Club first, start there. The characters are believable and lovable. This recording is nice to have a male and female narrators.
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