I enjoyed listening to the snippets of Dan Savage and Terry Miller's perceptual evolution into the idea of marriage. I have considered some of the points mentioned by Dan and Terry and how they relate within the context of my own life. Which I believe is the mark of a good book and good author. Throw in the perfect narrator for the dialog at hand, and you have a mandala of the evolving family that Dan, Terry and D.J. are creating.
I have listened to the book twice now, and had an even better experience the second time.
Dan Savage is well known to me for his advice column, and his efforts to stop bullying. I often agree with what he has to say, and this book is just another example of his wit, grasp of social dynamics, solid emotional morality, and his willingness to drag poor Terry into the limelight! (You’re shameless on that one Dan!)
This book left me with a stronger sense of family (no quotes needed there) and even helped me provide a framework for what exactly I'm trying to achieve with my own marriage.
Absolutely wonderful book!
I have thoroughly enjoyed tagging alongside Harry Dresden in his many adventures, and terrifying tight-spots. I felt his sorrow when experienced great loss or had to commit terrible deeds for the greater good. I have laughed with him (and at him) during all of his awkward moments. And got enraged at the unjust persecution he experienced at the hands of the White Council.
After all of the experiences I have shared with Harry (I feel like I can call him by his first name) who would have believed things are just getting started?! All of the various storylines are beginning to coalesce into a rather vast and beautifully epic conflict. I am thrilled about the prospects for the evolution of the battles yet to come.
Jim Butcher has done an excellent job with these novels. The world he created and the people within it are beautiful, scary, courageous, and everything in between. He definitely provokes an emotional reaction from me as I follow the life of Harry Dresden. James Marsters has been phenomenal with his performances, and I enjoy listening to the various vocal interpretations he has developed for all of the characters.
My only criticism would be that as a repeat reader and avid follower of the series, the reintroduction of people and certain experiences within the world of The Dresden Chronicles can get kind of redundant, and stalls the story. Rather, the explanation of those aspects each time they are reintroduced. But not a criticism that I feel detracts from the overall experience of the novel.
I am looking forward to the continuation of the series with great excitement.
I will start out by saying that this book is not for kids. They would be very bored by all of the socio-political conversations and situations discussed. And depending on a person's particular bias on sexuality in general, this may be beyond what some may deem appropriate for their children. However, sexuality is not the dominate subject matter by any means whatsoever.
That said, I found this book to have a depth and a conciousness that I appreciated. The manner in which the author approaches issues within the world of Oz brings light to why Elfeba was the way she was. As a person of conciousness, she was angry at the injustices of the world around her and tried to affect a positive change...albeit tinged with her own issues in regard to her skin color and questionable childhood situation. Eventually, she gets frustrated and.......
There were parts in the book where spirituality, sexuality, and political consciousness are pantomimed into unashamed and rather mature displays. These were not explicit, but definitely got the point across...clearly! I think this last is why so many people reviewing the book are so critically negative about it. Again...this book is not for kids, nor is it anything like the Oz of Judy Garland's day.
The audio performer did a great job with the different voices, and I didn't mind a male performer doing a female voice.
My only critical comment on the book is that it can get kind of "heady" with the constant political conversations. But overall, a very good listen.
These books have had me hooked from the start! Up until this book, the dubbing has been fine. But this one fell short. Did anyone listen to this before it was released? I am listening to the book now, and sentences have repeated several times in the first few parts. Much like the old cartoons when they came back from a commercial break! Regardless, this is an old issue that has been brought to Audible's attention, and really should be fixed.
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