It is an epic story of the lives of many women in China in the early 20th century. Starting with Lucretia who makes a decision to have a fling with a Chinese student house guest and falls pregnant. She follows him to China where the story really begins...
Magic Gourd - such a resourceful, loyal, opinionated, caring and funny mother figure. She just rolls up her sleeves and gets it done.
It was fascinating to peek behind the silk curtain of courtesan life in China, how women are treated on both sides of the respectable / not respectable divide and how those norms changed with western influences.
I am interested in the people who become SEALS and their experiences. This is an amazing story of a drug addicted man who takes the improbable path to become a Navy SEAL. I loved his story and the second half when he joined the Navy, but the bible bashing is off-putting.
Sanitized, just a old bunny, D-list actress justifying her existence. Cured my interest in celebrity private lives
I was hooked and completely consumed by the story. It is a romance and very credible thriller with a great twist at the end.
Fast paced and interesting.
This was my introduction to Nora Roberts and it was in my opinion, the best stand alone book she has written. I then discovered her "In Death" series under her nom de plume, JD Robb, and was completely smitten.
Can't in 3 words. It would have to be "Unromanticized account of the planning that went into getting back America's sovereign pride".
I loved the interaction between the men during their SEALS training, during and after BUDS. They were so very matter-of-factly loving being in the machine that moulded such incredibly courageous warriors and disciplined men. It must be daunting being an ordinary American who owes so much to these men and their incredible families.
Yes, and then I listened to it again.
I was introduced to this series by a gift offer for Number 13 in the series. I was so intrigued that I went back to the beginning. It is far better to start here and watch the characters grow.
I am not a fan of science fiction or fantasy at all, and was certain I had made a mistake with this book. It is set in 2058 and this is a description of what life could have evolved to without having to suspend disbelief too much. It could be described as a basic detective thiller, but the circumstances and the characters are wonderful. They are complex and interesting, and the romance is quite steamy at times.
Susan is amazing with the American, English, Irish and a host of other accents. I would love to see a video of her performing one of these books because when you are only listening, you are completely involved with the story, and the performance boosts that feeling, not distracts from it, as some performers do.
Yes, I wanted more. I did not want the story to end. I am now an "In Death" junkie.
Take the leap and you will love the rollercoaster!
Not being American or involved in the war on terror I had no idea how far the American armed services go to train their soldiers. I was fascinated about the training of the SEALS and left pondering the arguments given for fighting this war.
The description of ordinary life in Afganistan, Iraq and Lybia. Their standards of living are very basic and their beliefs seems to be the primary motivator for living. They will sacrifice anything, including their children, for their religion.
The problem with male performers is how they narrate female roles. I am of the belief that they should try, but not try too hard, to lift their voices. It ends up sounding simpering and whiney, and detracts from the often very strong characters of the women.
Yes, I could not stop. After it was finished I spent a lot of time thinking about it and googling Chris and following the story. Taya starts off as a standard, perfect little wife who has picked up the cudgel of her beliefs and is walking tall despite the tragedy that ended Chris' life. I believed his account of Jesse Ventura.
I am not actively religious and I found this part of the psychology of the characters a little much. Felt like bible bashing at times and heightened the feeling that both sides are as fanatical as each other.
This is a typical Tom Sharpe comedy, full of wonderful characters put into very improbable but amusing situations.
The performance by Micheal Tudor Barnes was really engaging with a wide variety of voices for the the sometimes very eccentric characters.
It made me laugh out loud.
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