Yes and no.
The book is very inspiring but somewhat less applicable in my Danish society than it would be in America. I liked the last chapters most since they were about more international and broad issues.
Danish society is so that the population is less devided economically than the American society. Against the impression of most Americans, Danish (and European)
Bill Clinton himself is very compelling and trustworthy. I always loved his voice and he is a good story teller.
It would be a documentary, but I would definately be interested.
If I had not had so many other books that I would like to read, this is certainly one of those I would consider reading again.
The enhanced authenticity. This is fiction but I have no problem believing that this might as well be the true story of some unidentified persons.
Tahrir and Maryam.I find it fantastic how the author manages to let the bad guys show glimpses of something that just might have been nice - and the good guys show a tiny drop of evil.
The horror of everyday Afghanistan - then and now.
Fantastic mix of horror and kindness. Good and evil in fysical contact.
Revealing, explanatory and thorough
His voice is quite neutral but perfect for this kind of book. Being so neutral, it does not bring anything extraordinary.
Books and films like "The Wave" shortly and finely explains how movements like Nazism and the idea of the Third Rich come to rise. This is a thourogh description of how this could happen and why most Germans considered themselves innocent after the war because they learned how they had been betrayed by oratory and "mass movement".
This book describes these mechanisms more thoroughly and understandably than anything I have ever seen or heard before.
It reminds me of a myth about a Danish freedomfighter, caught by the Germans and sentenced to dead. While the soldier binds him to the pole for assacination, he says to the soldier: "You should know, that it is not you and the normal German we have been fighting - it is the evil that took host in you", and the German understood. A myth, but quite telling though.
Selvom jeg først er født i halvfjerdserne er det tidsbillede der stilles op ikke helt fjernt fra min egen barndom og det jeg har hørt om mine forældres barndom. Oplæseren bidrager virkelig meget til den samlede oplevelse.
Jeg har ikke nogen særlig foretrukken, men desværre genkender jeg træk fra fortællerens far i min egen mand. Hvis jeg nogensinde kunne få ham til at læse en bog som denne, ville jeg helt sikkert vælge at "prikke til ham" på den måde.
Den betyder alt. Det er den absolut perfekte stemme til denne historie. Den lyder virkelig som "bedstefar der fortæller historier fra sin barndom".
Man bliver helt sentimental.
Most of us like to have a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.
He has a perfect voice for this kind of book - that is of course especially because he wrote the book and because he was there on many occasions descriped in the book.
Two steps forth - one step back.
The book became lengthy at moments but I am not sure what should have been left out. It is a very thorough book and I am not sure something less thorough would have made it a better book.
The fantastic story of this little girl and her courage.
The first evening in her new housbands family.
Everything. Her voice could not be more right for this book.
I love all kinds of biografies and autobiografies and this was definately no disappointment.
Interesting facts explained. He made interesting connections between different influents. Connections that I had never considerer myself.
Nothing special, but his voice is very adequate for this type op book.
The book seemed lenghty now and then but I kept listening and waiting for the next interesting thing. No disappointment but sometimes it needed a bit of patience.
I suppose so, but I am not sure.
As a non-American, I think it would take a bit of special interest in the Indians. It's a good an telling story, but for a foreigner with no special interest, it is not a "must-read".
However, biografies and autobiographies are all favorites to me and as such, it was a fine book.
The book is written as a story with no concrete dialoge, hence the task of differentiating did not occur.
All the moments of betrayal from the whites when Black Hawk was always honest and fair - and maybe even more the few examples of white men acting honestly and fairly.
Authenticity and real interview.
There is nothing that can be changed. My dislikes were not due to the story as such.
What I learned about Johns brothers was actually more interesting to me.
Some might finde it very interesting if there were other interviews like this available.
As a foreign listener (Danish), it was a bit hard to follow the conversation in the beginning because persons do not speak very clearly in a context like this one. However, that changed after some time as my "ears adapted to the style and vocabulary".
The interviews were interesting but I am sure they would have been more so for a native American. JFK belonged to my parents generation, and I knew him from history classes, of course, and found his precidency interesting, but I have no doubt that a native American (especially adults of his generation) would like this very much. He was "one of theirs".
I certainly would. It paints a very broad picture of Obama as a person and the traits that made him president.
I read it just after Tony Blairs "A journey" and found them quite comparable for the part of campaigning and winning. Both were good an interesting stories.
The whole concept of campaigning and intrigues is interesting but in describing Obamas battles with oponents he often gave me this "got-you-feeling". These constant got-you moments makes the story roll and is good entertainment.
I would certainly recommend it to someone interested in history. The author brings together a lot of small pieces of history and arceology to paint a very thorough picture of the tapastry and the history behind it.
The piecing together of very small parts of a great puzzle.
The narrator was awfull, indeed. I think other reveiws also pointed that out. It took me a couple of hours' reading to adapt to that diction. It annoyed me.
It sounded like he was reading from a long long list and was terribly tired of having to do so.
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