This is an well written, well paced account of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane that struck without warning and completely swamped the island city one September day. This audio version is abridged so some of the more gruesome, and pendantic, details were left out, but the story still provides a vivid recounting of harrowing experiences of the survivors of this spectacular disaster. A hurricane is nothing to celebrate, and Isaac's Storm tells you why. If you enjoy such survivor accounts against Mother Nature's fury, then you will enjoy this one, too.
As much as I love the historical period romances, especially those that were actually written in the period, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are a wonderful modern day adaptation on this fabulous story. The author updated the characters and placed them seamlessly in the 21st Century to tell the Pride and Prejudice story in a contemporary setting that completely works.
From the ditzy Mrs. Bennet to the supercilious Mr. Collins, and even Catherine DeBerg and Lydia and Mr. Wickham, the modern-day characters are completey faithful to their 19th Century originals, and like the original Jane Austen work, I was actually bereft when the story ended--what would I do without the total immersion in this delightful tale?
Finally we have contemporary women who have the courage to criticize the left and the right for the polarizing, short-sighted, mean-spirited attitudes that have pervaded our government, political parties, and even our culture. If you are a reasonable moderate, who respects the opinions and rights of those who disagree with you, without the need to vilify them, then you will appreciate that Miriam and Amy Jo are willing to stand up publicly and speak mostly on your behalf.
These ladies are unifiers, not dividers, who ditch political correctness in favor of common sense and common ground.
I was surprised at the relatively harsh review of this installment. While not the author's strongest work in the series, it rather accurately depicts the conflicts newly married (and expectant) couples face.
Because of the reviews, I considered not downloading this one, but Molly and Daniel (and
Sid and Gus) are now like relatives of the early 20th Century who send me lively letters every so often. I simply must know what is going on in their lives. So despite the lackluster response of other reviewers, I took the listen, and was glad I did.
Yes there are some moments where Molly is more naive than usual, and Daniel plays the overbearing husband a bit too much, but I think that is the author's attempt to remind the reader of the time period in which the story is set.
If you are a fan of the series--go for it. It's a good read, if not the best of the series.
Yes, I would definitely recommend One Plus One. It has all of my favorite hallmarks of a good read, some romance, some comedy, a villain you can really hate, characters who need lots of soul searching, and a dog who steals the show. On top of all that is top-notch narration by different voice representing the different characters. I think that really made a difference.
There were so many, but I'll go with this one: I want to avoid a spoiler here, so I will say that the scene where the little girl really needed help, and her valiant dog came to her rescue was possibly the most emotionally engaging part of the entire book, but believe me, the entire book is engaging. I felt like I was one of the silent characters along for the ride.
Too many to mention, but see my response on most memorable...loved that whole part of the book
The Truth Will Set You Free
I selected this book because People Magazine's review said it was similar to Bridget Jones's Diary. Maybe in spirit, but nothing else matched, except the British accents of the narrator. It does share with Bridget a feel good ending, but the themes in One Plus One are those of honesty, kindness, generosity and forgiveness, all packaged in a way that the reader can actually buy into without being pollyanna-ish.
Americans got so lost in the abolitionist cause (rightly so, by the way) that we forget that this is a story of two countries at war, and it contains all the plot twists and turns of a spy novel--an assassination attempt--unfortunately successful--and a conspiracy to go along with it. Mr. O'Reilly appears to have gotten it right--nice pacing, factual details, correct timelines. However, Mr. O'Reilly is a broadcaster, not an actor. If this book were written as a news story, then his narration would have been fine. Instead it is more a dramatization of the facts, and reads like a novel, not a news broadcast. Missing are the nuanced pauses, and dramatic reading that a novel needs.
I liked the story, but would have loved it were there another narrator.
This book was very well written,and the narration, done from the perspective of the two main characters,and so with two different voices,was completely engaging. I feel like Henry and Clare Detamble are two old friends. This is a story of love and separation, but also makes time travel seem feasible. For the two weeks it took me to read it during my commute, I actually looked forward to going to work!
Told from Death's viewpoint. I read this book at a friend's recommendation. She had difficulty describing it, but said it was one of the best books she had ever read, and she couldn't put it down. I agree completely. It is difficult to explain it in a way that encourages you to read it, but I will say this: I am very interested in stories, fact or fiction, that are placed in Nazi-era Germany because I am looking for how the German people found their own ways to rebel against the Nazi regime. The Book Thief became part of the fabric of my life over the week or so that it took me to listen to it, and I felt a bit empty when it was finished.
It will change you for the better, and help you see that even in Nazi Germany, fathers loved their daughters, mothers loved their sons and it is in human nature to do good even when faced with severe punishment.
Nothing exceptional, but a decent mystery with some thrills, even if it is a bit predictable.
I heard great reviews for this book, or maybe it was just good marketing, so I took the plunge. However, it started a bit too slow, and I found it hard to keep track of who the characters were. I got half way through the book before I figured out who was truly the protagonist, but once that become clear, I was able to figure out who to root for. Also, the action started to happen, so the suspense started to build too. Don't lay out the cash, but if you are looking for something on which to spend a credit, you'll do ok.
I skipped this book in the required reading list in High School, so I am now trying to fill the gaps left in my education. I really enjoyed the story, as I expected I would. However, since I read the abridged version, it wrapped up very quickly and left some unanswered questions. The narration was first rate, however.
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