This writer never disappoints me. His emphasis on character development and innovative, well-researched plots pays dividends for the reader. This novel covers a period in the lives of its protagonists from the 60's right up to today (and I mean right now).
The main character is a particularly poignant example of the offspring of declining British Empire. Le Carre maintained my interest with vivid portraits of British and German counterculture youth of the 60's. And, as always, he demonstrates the ultimate cynicism and folly of the practitioners of the spy games of the Twentieth Century.
This is as advertised: He takes you back into a very specific time. The narrative moves quickly and keeps you interested. The plotting is adequate but the atmosphere is the best part.
This very "inside baseball" account of the authors' take on modern American political strategy and the role of the media in this contest is informative, clever and ultimately depressing.
This book is very much of a piece with the new paradigm of political life: politics and governing as all-out war.
The authors mainly analyze Bill Clinton, Karl Rove and George W. Bush's tactics and strategy in winning elections and defeating their opponents. I can't imagine they have left a stone unturned in this effort, and it is mostly entertaining and informative. Their cynicism and vague air of superiority might wear a little thin for you after 15 plus hours of listening. It did for me. The book is ultimately worthwhile for it's insight into the modern American political and media realities, and it's dissection of the "freak show" (the new media mavens such as Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh et. al.) is insightful and richly deserved. This would have been an even better book with more editing and a modicum of respect for the institutions being reported on and the individuals vying for control of those institutions.
I certainly didn't expect literary fiction, but this is one of the most poorly written, stilted novels i have ever read (heard). The information about Christian History, Symbolism, and so forth is intriguing at first, but as it went on I lost interest. The plotting really seemed amateurish, the characters were cardboard cutouts, and the overall effect one of excessive length and verbosity. Unless you have a specific interest in this very popular and trendy book of revisionist religious fiction, I would recommend against this title.
I should begin by saying that I have a one year subscription. I enjoy the program but I wish more time could be spent talking about the various Macintosh hardware and software offerings and less on birthdays and "shout-outs". Having said that, the program hosts are generally very knowledgeable and do a good job of interviewing the guests. I wish there were more choices of Macintosh informational programs. As one of the few I have found, this is a valuable addition to my listening library. (I am also not a fan of the games segment, but I know I am probably in the minority there. I am just not a gamer.)
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