While this book may well be an interesting read, after a few hours, I just could not stand listening to it. The Reader reminds me of "Ted Baxter" from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. For those who don't know this character, he was a TV news Anchor who was rather bombastic. This is how the Reader of "Strangers" came across to me. I have enjoyed most of the Dean Koontz books that I have read or listened to so I will get a paper copy and try again.
I don't think love is the right word to use. I really appreciate that Matt Taibbi wrote this book to help illuminate the unequal application of the law in this country. Also, it helped me to have a greater understanding of the time leading up to the economic meltdown in 2008.
There were several moments - every time Mr Taibbi wrote about the African American men who were unjustly accused of a crime. I guess the one that stands out the most is when the men, riding in a Range Rover owned by one of them, were dragged out the vehicle by police while stopped at a red light. They had done nothing wrong yet it cost them both a year of their lives to get it all straightened out.
The police practice of just grabbing people off the street, throwing them in the back of a van and then taking them to jail was (is) motivated simply by having a quota to fill. It's like they think "oh, we'll just grab anyone we feel like and then sort it out later".
I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the inequality in this country - regardless of their political leanings, The fact that CEO's, Hedge Fund Managers and the like can commit massive fraud and not go to jail, is just wrong! The whole attitude of "too big to jail" is a ridiculous notion. Sadly, since none of these fraudsters were prosecuted and jailed, there was no incentive for the banks and wall street to make any changes. I see another (perhaps even larger) crash coming in the near future. I predict it will happen just before the 2016 elections.
I seldom give up on a book, but I had to with this one. Perhaps reading it would have been better because I could have skimmed over all the mundane dialogue. The book started out with some promise but now, almost four hours into it, nothing has happened. This is kind of trivial but one thing that bothered me is she used the term Klieg lights so much that I started to cringe every time I heard it. Another problem is the story isn't all that realistic. She writes that the hospital was a small one in a small community so it's doubtful that Amanda would have been left there. In real life she would have been airlifted to a level one trauma center.
I may get the print edition of the book from my library just so I can find out what really happened but I don't think I'll be listening to any more of it.
Having myself grown up is a rather crazy household, I was totally captivated by Augusten's narrative of life in the good doctor's home. I think his writing is honest, straight forward and it held my attention. After listening to it, I went right out and bought the sequel, "Dry" and read it in a day. Maybe if you can't relate to a hugely dysfunctional environment, you might not like the book. I can also see where some might be offended by some of the graphic descriptions.
I absolutely LOVED this book!! Jenna Lamia did such a fine job narrating this story (she kind of reminded me of Jenna Malone in the movie "Bastard Out of Carolina"). I found the characters to be people I cared about and would have loved to meet in real life. It isn't very often that I read(listen to)a book that I don't want to end. For me, "The Secret Life of Bees" was one of those books.
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