I'm very pleased to have the experience of this book. The cello music adds much to this particular story. It gives room for thought when the voice of the cello is there instead of the words.
The book is well crafted to make one think. The performance is excellent.
Could I be the cellist? What kind of life is my life? How would I behave? What makes any of us worthy of life, love, food, water, music? With war everywhere in all times, one can almost feel the weight of evil pushing from all directions. This book takes ideas of life, hope, and fear and braids them into some understanding of what war really is.
The story captures one from the start but there is this other level in the work. The words are crafted with color and texture. The similes blossom from the page asking for a pause if not a rewind.
If anyone told me that I would see death as a caring entity with an interest in life and those who live it as well as a tenderness and joy, I'd have denied the possibility. Yet Death was one of my favorite characters.
This is a book of value and one to listen to again and then to read on paper.
Perhaps this was written for a young adult audience. For junior high school readers? I just returned another book so didn't feel I could return this one but it was not worth the money and certainly not the time. I'm not saying I could write a book but honestly, this is not literature.
This is not my kind of story at all. I can't even remember how I got started. It might have been because of James Marsters' and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is well written and full of similes. I love a good simile. It's not serious but it is fun and a great way to spend a summer working in the yard and traveling the underworld with Harry.
I've not listened to the entire book and maybe I won't. There are these huge leaps in time in the story. There's a baby and then the next thing you know, she's off to college.
It feels as if the author had a goal and that he chose not to waste time bridging the ideas together. It feels wrong to be so critical of a book while there is no way I could write anything better but I can listen to a book and this one isn't feeling good to me.
I'm not sure where the story is going. The names are so odd that it's hard to keep them straight.
Then there is this idea of animals and animals. There are bears and bears or goats and goats and one can't tell the difference right off. The implication is that some animals have language and academic skills but others don't. The goat/professor can't handle paper because he has hooves and not hands but he does scientific research in his lab. Just how is that?
I'm a little worried because I've tickets to see the musical and maybe it won't make any sense either.
John McDonough is a marvelous narrator.
First I will admit that some of the details of administering a war seemed dry to me but after I time I came to understand war as a planning experience and the idea of war games meant more to me. It's not ever an accident. It's something that the military wants and hopes for.
The story of the people, this family, is well done. Well placed in the events of time.
The ideas of Hitler and the Holocaust are told in a way that shows how insane hatred and war are and how important education and taking a stance are.
I'm glad for the many hours in this book as well as Winds of War.
My appreciation for the narration by Keven Pariseau can't not be expressed. His work is marvelous. He has many voices. He sings. He speaks in accents that add color and texture to the story. Any book he narrates would be worth the listen.
I really liked the story for a long time. It's totally cute and unexpected. The coincidents are creatively applied and it's really a fun review of world history but at the last 80 minutes it got to me for a while. Just too cute. Still, not a bad book for passing the time while weeding the garden and throwing pots.
I find many of his stories engaging but others push me into the abyss. The passport story is pretty amazing. I'd have written that if it happened to me.
I'd never heard of Nancy Wake so all of this was new to me. She did everything she could to fight against the Nazis. Actually, to fight for humanity and against cruelty. It's amazing to think what suffering some people have endured and here we are in America willing to sell freedom for something as ordinary as cash.
First of all, Claire Danes did a marvelous job narrating this. She seemed to grow into the character.
Then, I was struck hard by the relationship between this book and what the current Republican party seems to want to accomplish in its ongoing war on women.
As every decade of my life passes I am more and more frustrated by the second class citizenship of women throughout the world. While I listened to this book female fetuses in China and India were aborted because they were not boys. A student on a bus in Delhi was raped for 3 hours while her boyfriend was beaten. Another Indian woman was gang raped and set on fire. This brutality toward women isn't punished in many countries so it continues.
Also now Chief Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike demanding that the Canadian PM speak with her about the issues of sovereignty of the First Nations people. He's refusing to honor the law or the the dignity of this woman. Would he talk with her if she was a man? I wonder.
I worry that the future for women will be worse than the past. This book contains much in need of discussion and action. THanks Margaret ATwood.
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