I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I was never sure who to root for--the main character is a Stalinist in the era of the purges and he is spying on the Nazis. There was a lot going on here.
Dynamite Road would have been better if the small sliver of a plot had more to it.
I am now listening to Predictably Irrational.
I thought Klavan was a very good reader. He acted out the character's voices well and in a non-distracting way. He was among the best readers I've heard.
I think Dynamite Road had enough real meat to be a short story, which is a shame. The characters, though stereotypical, were fun. He created a huge build up to what was ultimately a wafer thin story.
I really enjoy Klavan's political writing and enjoyed Empire of Lies.
I absolutely love McCarry's novels and this one is among my favorites. I took long walks with my dog, just because I couldn't stop listening to this one. If you enjoy Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Alan Furst, etc..., McCarry is someone you should check out.
I had high hopes for this book. I like Mr. Levin's writings for National Reivew (and love that publication). But, this book seems unlikely to persuade anyone to join the ranks of conservatives nor for conservatives to adopt his manifesto. I was glad to see a conservative book high on the best seller list (particularly one that isn't a screed a la Ann Coulter). But, this one is so filled with conclusory statements and devoid of persuasive argument as to render it not very useful. He seems to transition from one contemporary issue to the next without rhyme or reason.
I really enjoy Christopher Buckley's novels. Supreme Courtship was much like his others-satirical and fun, but not particularly hard hitting. This one was particularly light in terms of plot. Because the main character is vying for a spot on the Supreme Court, Buckley's lack of legal knowledge becomes a little distracting. I thought Anne Heche did a terrific job narrating. In sum, I think this was a great idea and could have been executed better. It was still fun though.
I really enjoyed Stumbling on Happiness. It reminded me a great deal of Freakonomics. It is a highly entertaining piece psychology writing designed for mass-consumption (rather than a scholarly journal). It's title makes it sound like a self-help book. It is not. It is a science book (though a fun one).
I love Richard Russo and I think this might be my favorite book of his. I enjoyed the humor of Straight Man and the inner turmoil of Empire Falls, but I found this book most particularly affecting.
I really enjoy Orson Scott Card's writing and this book is no exception. The writing pulls you along and is generally very entertaining. The main idea of the book is really very interesting and provocative. Unfortunately, the storyline does not quite live up to the idea. This book is still better than 70% or more of what is written, but I felt a little let down.
This is a terrific book. It gave me a ton of new insights into this war and the events leading up to it.
I have listened to dozens (perhaps hundreds) of books from audible.com. The sound quality of this book was so poor that I had to stop trying after an hour. I have never had issues like this before (and I have listened to books all sort of narrators--men, women, American accent, foreign accent, etc...) I listen to an iPod directly connected to my car's head unit, so there are no interference issues either. I am seriously bummed about this.
I have never read a more convincing Christian apologetic or a more enlightening Christian theological work. Fast moving. Designed for the thinking person.
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