First, if cursing offends you, note the title and move on. I really liked this no-magic magic-book; although there are some strange capabilities resembling magic in "gentling" and definitely in the "bondsmages", the real magic comes from the brotherhood of the gentleman bastards.
My friend Steve Diamond recommended this book to me ages ago and I just got around to it. I loved how all the strange bits came together at the end. Mostly, I loved the connection and trust between the bastards and where that connection ranked in comparison to their actual goals.
Cupcake is my hero! I can't tell you how many time I checked to make sure that this really was a memoir. Sure, enough, there is her pic w/ Oprah. How could she go through so much and still rise above it all?
I don't think my mom would enjoy all the swearing & I wouldn't recommend it to young readers because of all the drugs & violence.... Please, someone, tell me that the foster system has improved since Cup was a kid.
The narrator was fabulous too.
Even though I've listened to NPR stories about the severe, authoritarian North Korean government, I really had no idea about what was/is happening there. I can't imagine crying more at the death of my president than that of my spouse and/or parents. Especially if I was out eating weeds and starving to death while my government wouldn't give me rice because it had been donated by the U.S. (our flag on the bag).
I might compare Nothing to Envy to 1984 because of the way citizens had to hide their feelings about their government. I'm sure there is a better book to compare it to (fiction vs. non-fiction) but I'm not claiming to be "well-read".
The narrator, Karen White, does an excellent job of bringing these folk's lives out, without over or under doing the painfulness. I would have to say that she was the perfect choice for this book because if the person had been monotone, I would have struggled listening to the history (as I sometimes struggle with non-fiction keeping me awake).
I really hope that people will read this book, if for no other reason than to appreciate their own lives more (however, please don't think that sentence means that this book shouldn't be read for its quality all by itself--It is amazing what Demick has been able to show with her storytelling ability). The U.S. government is corrupt but at least we can still catch them at it and go after them.
worth nine bucks!
The oldest daughter who was forced to move rocks for getting a bad grade/mark. She and her father remind me that it's not easy, never was, and never will be.
I've not listened to Dave Isay before but I will now.
I like what Dave (if it was Dave) chose.
Khaled Hosseini made me think about what friendship really means. What would you NOT do for a friend? Of course, the lowest point of this story happens when Amir is just a boy but it still twists your heart to pieces when it asks the question. But I can still hear Hasan replying to Amir "For you, a thousand times over".
Excellent performance by Hosseini narrating his own book. I love when an author sounds as great as Khaled did reading this book because they are able to give passion to the portions they believed required that amount of passion. The author adds to the meaning of their book when they read it.
I did want to listen to this book in one sitting but life doesn't usually allow for that. I did stay up one night until my eyes were tired from bawling and then I went to bed extremely shook up. I don't think someone can keep listening when they need to process sometimes.
I feel like I might understand the people of Afghanistan and their suffering a tiny bit. I am blown away by the actual sport of kite running and that it's children who play.
I liked the reference to that old--love without freedom isn't really love. I felt like the author just reused old stuff and gave me a happy ending. Who doesn't like when things fit together nicely.
Lisette Lecat was a fabulous narrator! Truly an excellent interpretation as I like to think the narrator brings a unique window to the words.
Hmmm..... It seemed to simplify the people of Botswana and made me a bit uncomfortable.
I specifically like when she talked about the "comfort of an old friend" where "you can close your eyes". I don't know--nothing sticks out as fabulous. I liked how the husband respected his wife and she him. They worked hard & were respected for it. They respected themselves.
Do whatever you can do to bring to others....... I don't think it was really an inspirational type of story.... Just a quick escape sort of story.
There are parts of this book that were as good as anything I've read (Sonmi~451 a Clone) and parts that bored the hell out of me. The overarching theme kept me coming back for more.
The book has characters and plots and all that sugary goodness but it ends with Mitchell's view:
"For the human species, selfishness is extinction...If we believe that humanity might transcend tooth and claw . . . if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable, and the riches of the earth and its oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived; it is the hardest of worlds to make real."
Or the opposing view: "Your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean."
"Yet, what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"
I can't compare to anything because it is very unique.
With all the different stories in this book, it REQUIRED all the narrators it was entrusted with.
Sonmi~451---she was so enlightened and I just wanted to hug her and hug her. She was my favorite part of this book and I almost wish there was a whole book devoted to her alone.
I've said too much already.
Answers Next Book!
Probably not. It was pretty good but I try to only recommend books that I'm totally in love with. I hate when it feels that a book was written and then split into 3 books to make more $. I'm a little curious about the next book but probably not enough to buy it for myself. However, my partner might feel differently.
It feels like the Hunger Games but I don't feel as connected to the characters.
None really stood out in this book.
No--I listened to it over a few days.
Sad, Educational, True.
This was a decent story but I felt like I'd read it before. I still enjoyed the story and the way Green told his story. I'm no expert and, in-fact, I'm only reviewing this so that Audible will start recommending books for me.
Sometimes teen books don't seem older but this one was actually in the right category. It felt like a 3 star book but I gave it 4 for the reader and because a teen reader would probably give it 4.
The most interesting part of this book is that it seems soooo true; I can totally see one of my nieces darkly commenting on the death of someone they truly loved.
The least interesting aspect is the that you know what is coming. It is kind of Green to let you know but it is still bugging you.
I think this story reminds us that we take things for granted. And, that we should let people comfort us when we lose someone. It is the kind thing to do even if it really doesn't make us feel ANY better. Per Green "funerals are for the living".
Kate did an excellent job!
This book did make me cry. And, yes, it is horribly depressing.
I love how Christopher McDougall wove the scientific studies in-between the story (fascinating, real-life characters). I struggle with science even though I want to know…. I’m just want entertaining science.
Jenn Shelton: "I've never really discussed this with anyone bc it sounds pretentious, but I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles, you’d be in this Zen state…. You’d be the f*(!ing Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case; I’m the same old punk @ss as before, but there’s always that hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be… a better, more peaceful person.”
Nope. I would like to listen to more.
You Were Born To Run (my brain isn't really made for creativity).
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