Great conversations . . . . only wish there were hours and hours available! Would absolutely buy more.
Great book! Although I figured out "who done it" in the first half of the audio, it was well worth the listen to the very end because I wanted to know how things came together so the lawyers would figure it out. This story takes a long time to be told, but offers great descriptive prose and numerous relationships and characters to learn to know along the way. As it unfurls, the listener gets to witness numerous legal skirmishes and court room dramas as well as the personal relationships of the central figure.
Liked it so much that I will que other Buffa books in my wish list.
I started this book the first time and quit before the first chapter was completed, thinking that I just couldn't handle the fantastical-scientific nature of the tale. That first chapter featured a Mars-stranded astronaut reading his log entries. Seemed a bit boring.
A few weeks later I decided to give it another try and am so glad I did. The astronaut's log was an integral element of telling the real story -- and that was what happened on earth, where scores of brilliant scientists and mathematicians worked together to foment a rescue to Mars.
True, it is a bit of a stretch for our current day space exploration, but the idea that a man faced with sure death would use his brain to McGiver together an existence on Mars until space agencies could create a rescue plan made for a very good story. And the idea that so many people would give their intellect and time to the endeavor made for a very, very good story.
It is a feel-good book in the end and one that I can say I really enjoyed. Good narration throughout!
Having read numerous fiction accounts of the Viet Nam war, all of which focused on male soldiers or male citizens, this book stands out among them. It is the story of a young woman who through luck and happenstance becomes a successful Life magazine photographic correspondent. It is a story within the war that hasn't been told enough, and one that Soli made very enjoyable with descriptive prose that brought this listener visions of Saigon and the Viet Nam countryside that I had never before experienced.
The first few minutes I found the narration to be off-putting with over emphasis on awkward phrases and too earnest enunciation. But as Potter warmed to the task, her performance improved dramatically, though she never really got the hang of southern accents completely right. I can forgive that!
I recommend this book as yet another way of experiencing the Viet Nam war -- this time through the rough and tumble experiences of a female in the new business.
Stunning! Right now (I just finished listening) there are no words to describe the profound impact of this real-to-life story in which a parent leads his child into a morass of moral decisions and legal issues. The shocking events within the story are heartbreaking, yet very believable. True -- the listening might say "I'd NEVER do that!" but then again, would you? If it meant saving your child's life, would you? Then what if your child was determined to save your life too? And what if saving either meant breaking laws, rewriting family morality and weaving a web of lies and deception?
The story is so well written, it is realistic and the characters are people you can relate too very easily. If you listened to Defending Jacob and like it, you'll love this one even more.
Patterson has written a superb novel that provides accurate, deep background on the geo-political issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has created multi-dimensional characters who come together in the story as villains, victims, heroes and helpers alike. The book is an excellent history lesson, but most of all offers interesting courtroom drama that is very engaging. It reveals in startling ways the "why's" of the age-old conflict and how today's political interests are at the heart of non productive peace talks.
Be sure to listen to the interview with the author at the close of the book. Patterson talks about how he researched the book and what he hoped to accomplish with it.
WOW! Loved this one. But for the best listening experience -- please read "Presumed Innocent" before you jump into this one. This book can stand alone, but Presumed Innocent features the same characters 20 years prior and the two books together are unbeatable!
Just when I thought the story was surely coming to and end and the case resolved, the story took another amazing turn that left me yearning for a 24/7 nonstop listening event. The courtroom daring of all concerned is masterfully plotted and narrated.
I am betting you won't quite see the end coming. . . even though I can't help but feel chagrined because "I should have seen it coming!" Great writing, great story telling.
I really like this fast-moving, interesting story! Crime, law, journalism and Rhode Island politics and mob life all mixed together to make a great read. LOVED the narrators, and found the characters to be well developed for the most part. This is a book worthy of your time if you love a good mystery story.
Unexpected. That sums up this one. . .it is a big twist in which Harry isn't so much the detective as he is the suspect! A little of both, with some good courtroom drama thrown in the mix.
The narration isn't quite as good as other Connelly/Bosch books and that detracted a bit for me. But the story had a good plot and lots of suspense, which made it a four-star winner!
I liked this book, although be forewarned that this is not about Philomena (except for the final 30 minutes) but is about her son and his lifelong search for himself and his mother.
Anthony Lee/Michael is adopted after Philomena is forced to give him up at the age of three. This book is about his heart-wrenching search to find himself and understand why he was given up for adoption. The book graphically recounts life with a brutal, demanding adoptive father and bullying adoptive brothers; as well as his life-long close relationship with a loving adoptive mother and his "sister" who was also from his Irish orphanage.
This is truly a "history" book that charts the painful experiences of gay men in a Republican-dominated society where the conservative right damns homosexuality. The story transpires from the early 1950's to present day. Amazingly, Anthony Lee/Michael, a gay man, became a top executive in the Republican National Party, working to ensure the Republican party's success in garnering a majority in Congress. Like Michael's life, his career success was an irony of the worse kind. Michael's story includes the spectre of AIDS and the discrimination it held in that time.
More importantly, the book depicts in all its horror, the role of the Catholic Church in brutalizing teenage pregnant girls and enslaving them as warrens of the church until their "debt" had been repaid. The story tells the facts about how the church sold thousands of babies for large sums to adoptive US parents, doing so against the wishes of their young mothers who were brow beaten as well as physically abused by the nuns in charge of their "care."
This is a sad story, but one that deserves to be told and read. Eye opening. A bit sad. Terrifyingly real. A page turner.
This was an exceptionally good listen! The combination of Gerard Doyle's masterful performance and McKinty's masterful prose can't be beat. The performance takes you there to the streets of Northern Ireland where unemployed men and the political and religious factions create chaos and trauma. Sean Duffy isn't a superman, just a dedicated detective who somehow finds a way to the truth, even when it isn't a pretty truth.
This entire series (I read them out of order) is very good. I expect to relisten to them all some time in the future.
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