Hope, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010
I saw a TED talk by the author so decided to listen to one of her books. I understand this was one of her earlier books and it is a slightly unsophisticated view of what happens in abusive relationships. The author portrays the cycle of abuse and reconciliation well, but a bit naively. The reader provided realism through her voice and what I imagine was accurate reading of the parts in the character's native tongue. I do not usually read dark books (I work in health care and see enough tragedy in my work life) and I probably wouldn't have listened to it had I paid more attention to the topic.
The writing is very good and I found myself smiling at the clever and thoughtful word choices. I hope there are other books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that will be not quite as challenging in their content.
I almost didn't listen to this book after the first 10 minutes because the narrator seemed so out of character with the characters…a sweet female voice using profanity…I didn't mind the profanity, it just grated because it was incongruous. The attempts to lower her voice to male timbres didn't work for me either. I had forgotten to download another book, so it's all I had and I slogged through. The story dragged, it seemed like there was a chapter missing in the end when we skipped from one character to another without any link. Wouldn't recommend it.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith delivers a masterful performance, creating distinct voices for the many characters in this engrossing story of a family secret that isn't easily unearthed. The characters were likable, the plot twisty and the future an interesting vision of a post climate change earth. I could have enjoyed a bit shorter denouement, but well worth the listen.
It's probably just me, but I could not follow this story. I suspect there was something about how the words appeared on the page (indented? italics?) that would have helped me follow what was happening. I started it over several times thinking I would "get it" but I had no luck. The story sounds so interesting. Your mileage may vary!
Book 1 avoiding delving into the politics and context, but Book 2 dives right in. The characters continue to intrigue. I loved Bobbie and Avasarala. Their idiosyncracies and relationships were fascinating and fun. And the ending....will definitely finish out this series!
Will Schwalbe introduces us to his extraordinary mother, Mary Anne, through the books they choose to read and discuss as she and they face a devastating diagnosis. We learn about Mary Anne's work in refugee camps, her philosophy of life, her only regret (not being able to see her grandchildren grow up), and her drive to organize everyone and everything around her. It was an honour to meet Mary Anne through Will's memories and Mary Anne's stories. And the books! Each book opened up topics of conversation that allowed Will and his mother to discuss what truly matters in life.
I'm a nurse who specializes in care of the elderly and this book is a real gift!
The juxtaposition of Miller, the washed up cop, with Jim, the impulsive officer-turned Captain creates an engaging tension throughout this book of grand proportions. A war that could involve the entire solar system, a plague that could wipe out humanity...I was very glad I wasn't "seeing" this book as the descriptions were vivid enough in print to suit my taste. The detail is just right: a focus on the characters and the challenge in front of them and not a lot of politics or background to bog it down.
When Harold Fry starts north from his home in Southern England believing he can save the life of his former colleague who is dying far to the North, we have no idea of what will confront him or the wife he leaves behind at home. This gentle tale of what transpires is excellently narrated and beautifully composed. I've walked across England crosswise and the author captures much of what a really long walk will do. This book is an exploration of what some gerontologists describe as a necessary task towards the end of life, to explore what it meant and come to a sort of peace with one's own actions. Worth a listen.
What would it be like to lose your cognitive ability? Very difficult if you are a university professor. I work with people with memory loss as a health care professional and this book presents a plausible portrayal of what the dementia journey looks like. There were a few things I had a hard time believing, and very few people with memory loss are as young as Alice, but it is a touching and well done story.
It took me a while to get used to the author reading her work. I think I prefer professional readers who are able to lend the character's voices more variety and make it easier to follow.
All in all, nicely done.
What if the richest man in the world left all of his money to the person who could solve an elaborate virtual world challenge as the ultimate role playing game? It's a post-oil earth and people are starving and freezing, choosing to live in a virtual world to get some pleasure out of life. And along comes the almost unsolvable contest. Who will win? The corporate team of thugs? or our hero? Of course, our hero, but how he does it is entertaining. I was not quite of the same era that many of the references in this book are from, but enjoyed the many references to familiar bands, movies, TV shows and books that I did enjoy in my youth. I am not as well versed in arcade games, video games or virtual worlds, but my D&D roots served me well.
And Wil Wheaton narrates...I am beginning to think I would listen to Wil Wheaton read the phone book.
The ending is a bit trite, but forgiven with all the other fun in this book.
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