Richard Ford has written one of those books that make you believe he has been reading your mind for years. If you are a middle-aged suburban man, Frank Bascome is as real as the guy you see in the mirror every morning. We have the tendency to think our personal experience is unique, but a good author that so perfectly recreates your experience can let you see how universal life's story's are. I find it liberating and humorous to realize my situation is not as unique as I thought, hearing another man struggle with the same questions puts my fears and doubts in perspective.
Adams Morgan is an amazing narrator, who gives distinctive voices to each of the many characters, with believable accents and palpable emotions. I will look for other works read by him.
I was surprised to find so much humor and satire in the book I've always avoided due to its reputation of being the "greatest American novel" and the dread of many students of literature. Melville repeatedly pokes fun at our human weaknesses and prejudices, making me laugh throughout the reading.
The book is written in language reminisent of Shakespeare: poetic, powerful prose that begs to be reheard. My only regret is that by listening, I was unable to underline the most memorable sentences for future reference. A book of quotations could be filled with the many profound and witty statements in Moby Dick.
This is a good, predictable, entertaining story, but not a great story. It is very sentimental, kind of like "The Waltons" with more tragedy. I am from the Appalachian region and noted several inaccuracies in the extensive descriptive narrative.
This is one of my all time favorite episodes. History, told by an eyewitness who can give an insider's point of view, can be more entertaining than the best fiction.
This story of how the American Psychiatric Assocication changed it's classification of homosexuality is told by the grandaughter of a former president of the APA and features interviews with some of the key players on each side of the debate. It is full of intrigue and suspense as the "young turks" infiltrate and take over the leadership of the powerful organization that dictates the definitions of what is disease, and consequently, what is "normal" in the human mind.
I respect the opinion of the negative reviewer, that this version may be biased, and there is undoubtedly more to this story which deserves to be heard. But history is always made up of multiple points of view, and this one is worthy of hearing.
To cover many of life's persistant questions (love and joy vs cruelty and fear, life vs death, the existance of God, faith and religion vs science and rationality, reality vs illusion) in a great tale of survival at sea is a remarkable feat. Along with all these deep thoughts is included facinating lessons on animal life and behavior, zookeeping, culinary and cultural pictures of south India, and usefull ideas for anyone who may find themselves stranded at sea. I listened to most of this book while walking on the beach, which is an excellent setting for this epic story. The readers are excellent, adding much to the experience by bringing the various ethnic accents to life. Also, listening beats trying to read the many difficult to pronounce Indian words.
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