Even if you never intend to write a book, you will read books differently from understanding the process. Stein is a literary genius.
New discovery or facts. As he actually admits, there is nothing new in this book and it has all been said and debated before. He simply tells us his particular viewpoint of what he accepts from higher criticism and what he does not.
He claims to have "researched" the book for more than 20 years and is a "New Testament scholar" - then clearly admits he doesn't have a full command of Greek. How can you be a scholar of an ancient text that you don't have a complete grasp of it's original language? He claims to have been a Christian, converted at an evangelical camp around a blazing fire where he heard the story of how Jesus was born in Galilee. What evangelical camp would have introduced him to Jesus born in Galilee? Evangelicalism is steeped in the teaching that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea - a completely different district of Palestine. He says that it was not until college, when he discovered the "numerous errors" and "contradictions" of the Bible that he rejected his faith in anger (the acknowledgement that he is angry at Christianity is a clue). But anyone who has studied the Bible extensively has heard these accusations of supposed "contradictions" and each of them has been laid to rest as rubbish for centuries. As for the errors, there are very few and they are well documented and non-consequential to the story of the Bible; every second year Bible scholar has done this exercise. Therefore, his supposed autobiography of faith is the tell that he clearly has an ax to grind; perhaps he hoped to make a buck in the process. Very sad.
I have long loved the Spenser Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Barrymore movie loosely based on this book. And, it's a decent enough movie, and expertly performed, but the story is rather syrupy. If, like me, you think you know the story because you saw the movie - you too are wrong. The book has no such syrup. There are important things about the book that cannot translate to the screen, but additionally, the book is so much more powerful and gritty. And the story is very different. This book should be a must read for every Jr High School student, especially boys. It is not only important literature, it teaches important lessons in character development within ones self, and a lot about the value of work and family. As a father of boys, I enjoyed it also from their minds eye as well as reliving my own boyhood.
Kipling is very courageous in how he deals honestly in a book for children with issues of life and death, personal integrity, religious tolerance, cross-cultural understanding, and what it means to a boy learning what it means to be a man.
A steam liner is cutting across the fishing channel in the night fog and Harvey is frantically ringing the boat's bell praying to save his life and the lives of his friends when he flashes back to a time when he was aboard a luxury steam-liner cutting through fishing waters and he wished to see the spectacle of a fishing boat crushed under the bigger boat. He is tormented to his very soul for his callous disregard of human life and regrets the arrogant boy he used to be.
I chose this book because I've become such a fan of Guidall's reading that I search now for books read by him. His abilities to bring a book to life are especially highlighted in such a book as this. I have come to think of him as a good friend though he doesn't know I exist.
Yes, I would say that it was well spent in that the musical and the movie touched my life so much that knowing the true way that it was written has enriched my understanding of both of those mediums. But the fact is that Victor Hugo was just not a master author and although this is a "classic" it's just poorly written in a lot of places.
I did listen to Victor Hugo again - I listened to the Hunchback of Notre Dame and this is the better of the two.
His characterization is spot on. His consistency in vocalizing the different characters with such accuracy is nothing short of amazing and helps to keep in mind which character is speaking. Guidall is great.
It is a movie and a musical and I did see both - many times.
See the movie first.
I have seen both the movie and the miniseries and just thought I knew Dune. I had no idea the vastness, the richness, the texture, and the raw power that was just unable to be conveyed to the screens. This is a true classic and an amazing book. The performances are weird since the characters are played by different actors at different parts, with different interpretations of the role, but with a bit of imagination it is understandable. Do not let that put you off this book. "Wow" doesn't cover it. There is so much more to Paul, the worms, the Fremen, - and Dune - than the movie and miniseries tell.
The omniscient narrator gives us such a raw and textured entry into each of the very livid characters that you feel the story ooze through you as you listen.
Some of the actors really brought their characters to life in ways that were extraordinary.
I was deeply moved many times. The gom jabbar scene is riveting - the war - the confrontation between Alia and the Rev Mother; lots.
A lot of reviews have talked down this book because of idiosyncrasies and discontinuity in the performances from time-to-time. If you let that stop you from enjoying this book it's your loss.
The stories keep it moving from subject to subject and the "how to" part is easy enough to follow audibly. I've listened to it twice and will go through it again soon. A must have for anyone who works with personnel.
He has such a natural way of reading it felt more like a friend was just talking and explaining things to me most of the time, rather than that he was reading to me. His ability to share the book with me in such a personable way led me to not realizing until this minute that he was not the author. I suppose I did not spot the reader's "lie" there. Well done!
Yes - both times.
Makes you realize that more people are lying more often than we think. It's also true that if everyone reads this book it's going be a very good thing to be good and tell the truth.
If you watch the show somewhat faithfully then you have already heard about 3/4 of this book. If you like O'Reilly then you will love this book and you probably aren't concerned about my review. If you like Bill O'Reilly and haven't a chance to watch the show, you'll love the book. It's really very much about Bill O'Reilly and his approach to political ethics commentary, how it applies, and a bit about how his method was developed.
Friedman should know better. You can't win acceptance for your ideas or positions with the majority by flagrantly misrepresenting the views of those who disagree with your position. You can't rewrite history and feed it to those of us who were there; we won't be fooled. Don't try to play off a liberal political agenda as an unbiased business acumen; we're not as stupid as you make us out to be. No wonder Audible has to give it away - who would buy it?!
On the whole, his research methods are seriously flawed and his results to conclusions leaps are often gigantic. Still, he manages to come to some very good observations that do need more consideration than we often give them. The hubris behind his recommendations is really uncalled for, though.
This is an excellent work and needs to be must reading for every middle manager that wants to succeed. Also excellent for front line staff that have views of getting into management.
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