I thought that this would be just a memoir about the author and her dog; while that was certainly a lot of the story, I was happily surprised to hear the psychological aspects of the human and dog relationship. Her life is woven in, as well as her fears and emotions about her dog and others. I could relate to her feelings about her dog, particularly her fear of being left alone once the dog was gone. I had (and still have) similar fears about my dog, so I can definitely relate to that. It was especially poignant hearing the author talking about how she knows the dog will go before her, yet knowing that she died at a young age (early 40s). I don't know if the dog actually survivied her or not, but this part struck an emotional chord with me. I also loved the part where she was examining her life and realized that while it may not be what she or others expected, she realizes that the question to as is: "does it feel right for you?" How true! After reading this book, I intend to read her book about her battle with drinking as well as her friend's book about their friendship and her untimely death. Hilary Swank did an outstanding job with the narration. You can tell that she loves dogs, as there were times in the book where you could tell the emotion was coming through.
This was a solid fast moving story with some interesting twists along the way. The story is set in Thailand and the author obviously knows the country and its culture very well. The title Noble Lies comes from Thai culture, where it is better to provide an answer, even if it is wrong, rather than not provide any answer and admit you don't know. There were some twists along the way, which kept the book interesting. The narrator was also excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book.
I originally rated this four stars, but after realizing that the book stuck with me and after additional reflection about the story, I bumped the rating up to five stars. I can't say anything about the ending without giving anything away, but I can say that the ending was a complete surprise to me. This is a book where I just didn't realize how much I liked it until I finished the entire thing.
The book started out a bit slow for me, particularly the parts about Willie's life, but I found myself becoming more engrossed as the tale went on. And what's not to like about a main character named Mr. Bones? I love stories that are told from the dog's perspective, and this was no exception. The ending left a little bit to the imagination and was bittersweet.
The theme that stuck with me is the bond between human and dog. I have an 18 year old dog who is my "heart" dog, and over the years, I have thought about what would happen to her if I was no longer around. If you like books from a dog's perspective and love dogs, you will probably enjoy this one. There were a few parts that were odd to me, such as when Mr. Bones had a dream that he was a fly and could see what was happening to Willie, but I got through those parts.
The narration was very good, and I'm glad I listened to it on audio. I find that the shorter audio books work well for me, as I listen to them during my commutes to and from work.
What an excellent, informative book, told in an interesting way. The authors made this subject quite interesting. I particularly liked the description of how the public's perception of rabies influenced the creation of creatures such as werewolves and vampires. And who knew that rabies symptoms include hydrophobia (fear of water) and hyper sexuality in men (they can ejaculate more than 20 times per day at the end of the course of rabies). The parts about Pasteur's creation of the vaccine and the various medical theories of rabies over the years was fascinating. Overall it was a well told and well narrated book, with just a few sections that I thought dragged on a little.
I am not a huge Pete Rose fan, but I enjoyed the story. It was mainly biographical, but it did touch on the question of whether his permanent ban was too harsh. I found his story interesting, as he is a character.
Regarding the gambling issue, I don't like that his story changed and he made excuses. Still, I think his punishment was too harsh. It is up to the fans whether they want to see him again or not in my opinion. I also think he should have gotten a shot on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. After all, his gambling didn't change his ability to play the game like the steroid users. There was a good argument made that I hadn't thought of; on nights he didn't bet on his team, did he have inside information? And did his failure to bet signal others not to bet? Interesting issue but I come down on the side of evaluating for what he did on the field and for the fans.
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audio book from the author. I figure since this book deals with ethics issue, I need to put the disclosure front and center!!!!)
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. As a public employee, the philosophical debate between what is unethical behavior vs voting your conscience is relevant. We have had discussions in the past about what is okay to accept - is it okay to accept a cup of coffee, but not a bottle of water? In this case, it is interesting to ask the question as to whether it was unethical for Paul to vote for bills that would provide benefits to those who provided him with free rounds of golf, even though he was voting his conscience. Personally, I think it would be more of an ethical dilemma and disservice to the public if he voted against his conscience just to make himself look better.
The book had me laughing out loud in some places, and there was one really touching part as well. I like how he incorporated a love interest without making it so mushy that it detracted from the rest of the story. The narration was excellent and definitely added to the story.
I would read another book by this author.
I enjoyed this book, as it was an interesting life story that I cannot even imagine. When I was in college, I was worried about what bar I was going to meet my friends at on a given night. When the author was in college, he was living as a spy, working for the Israelis, keeping his family together while his father was in prison, and studying for his exams. I cannot fathom the choices and sacrifices he had to make in order to follow his beliefs. The narration was good and added to the enjoyment of the book. The one negative for me was that I found the religious aspect a bit preachy at the end.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I plan to read more. The story is an interesting mystery, and the historical and paranormal elements were neatly woven in. I don't usually like a ghost story, but in this case it was well done and not the main focus. There was an interesting plot twist at the end that I did not see coming. The performance was very good and added to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Disclosure: I received this audio book for free from the author in exchange for a review.
This is the debut novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like a good logic puzzle, and this had twists and turns galore! The plot had intricate details that kept you guessing, and I learned interesting stuff about security techniques. It is obvious that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the technical details. I also like that the main character was made more realistic with his marital struggles. Very good book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
I received this audio book for free by the narrator. This was a fun, quick, light mystery. It was fairly obvious who the killer had to be from the outset, so the mystery itself wasn't anything surprising or complex. However, I found that I enjoyed the various characters and the plot moved quickly. Although this was the second book in the series and I haven't read the first, I was able to follow the characters with no problem. The narrator did a good job with the main character's voice; I pictured her as this southern belle, and the voice fit my mental image perfectly!
This was a freebie from the Ford book club; thank you Ford!!! I had read this one ago and was happy to reconnect with Scrooge and the ghosts as an adult. I love this story and Tim Curry's narration was outstanding!
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