South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States | Member Since 2007
This is a true story about a true place, and it had to be told. I heard a few mispronunciations and the writing is not Great Art, but the narrator has a pleasant voice and the story is very well told in an organized way. That said, the people and animals in the story are most wonderful! The people are all gifted and committed and while not necessarily religious, they are all tuned in to a higher power and certainly meditate and envision. A few passages are almost spooky; I am thinking of the list of names. The animals experience wonderful healings. Every transaction is a spiritual working-out. I loved the passage where the brittle city woman with her cigaret got all bent outta shape over a little bitty snake! [This is not a spoiler.] There are also hints about how animal rehabbers and zoo keepers must care for themselves as well as the animals. The book is a fairly easy listen to see what happens and re-listen to get more clarity. Well worth while!
Somehow I had expected this would be simply Tom Paine's writing, not a whole book about him. History, philosophy and politics are not my strengths, but I've lived long enough and traveled enough that I do care about these things. I found another audio book on the same topics, Founding Brothers, very difficult listening, although I believed it was well narrated. This book by contrast is almost suspenseful. The narrator reads with great understanding, but the book is written so as to be interesting. This author has an exciting mind!
Back in high school I didn't really get it about the deists. And who cared about the Louisiana Purchase? Paine was already trying to solve the problem of slavery, develop a plan for freed slaves. Paine even foresaw a need for a welfare system. Well, goodness! It's a most stimulating book. Educational, exciting, most worthwhile.
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