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.
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.
There are no surprises here, but the story was engaging, and the narrator suited the genre just fine. If you like murder mysteries with some espionage mixed in, then you'll enjoy this one.
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.
Most spiritual processes require a leap of faith. Zero Limits, and the Self-Identify Ho'oponopono method discussed by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, help the reader understand how to recognize that we take this leap of faith every day, even if we don't realize it. Nearly all religions teach that we can chose the path the Divine has mapped for us, or we can follow our own path. Zero Limits helps us figure out how to follow the path our lives were meant to take, and how to enjoy the ride.
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