Colorful characters, Quirky Poirot
It's got all the fun twists, intrigue, and dry humor you expect from Agatha Christie.
Poirot's summation, of course!
It's hard for me to find an Agatha Christie novel I haven't already read. Even though I think I read this novel many years ago in print, the audio version was thoroughly enjoyable.
I might listen again. It had some interesting ideas I may want to revisit. I am a Christian, so before purchasing I was hoping it wasn't too anti-Christian. I would say that it is not anti-Christian overall. It certainly didn't shake my faith in any way. The author obviously has somewhat of an anti-Christian bias, as the most "enlightened" character is the professor who exposes possible historical inaccuracies in Bible stories.
The Christian character is portrayed as naive and uninformed, and this makes him unrealistic. He's a successful businessman, but he's never heard of eating hummus or the Church making its' official holidays coincide with the dates of already established Pagan holidays? I mean I have probably heard this pagan connection hundreds of times in my life. It's no big revelation, as the book portrays. You might be able to find a ten-year-old who hasn't heard of the pagan roots of some Christian practices, but certainly not an otherwise intelligent grown man. He wouldn't have his world shaken so much by some professor he just met telling him her perspective on things as if it were the gospel truth (pun intended). I think he would need to be bit more worldly and confident to be a successful business owner. Perhaps the main character could have had a young nephew accompanying him on the trip to fulfill the role of the Blank Slate in order to make some of the scenes more believable. News Flash: Hummus is regularly served at social and business events in America!
The side-plot of the Palestinian cousins was actually much more interesting than the main plot of Jack visiting his jaded friend.
It would be the two cousins who find the scroll. They are the most realistic and interesting characters in the book, and I would want to know more about their background and experiences.
Worth a listen for anyone interested in the history of Christianity and/or spiritual growth
Yes, I will listen to it again right before the third book comes out. It is an excellent tale, and I will need to refresh my memory.
I have never read a book that so flawlessly interweaves observation of human nature with mystery and action. The only somewhat similar authors I can think of would be L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, and Agatha Christie.
The fact that this author is only in her twenties is just stunning to me. She is a truly gifted writer, definitely touched by the Muses. My daughter and one of my students recommended this series to me. Readers of any age should not be turned away by the Young Adult label.
Of course you should start by reading the first book, Divergent. Once I borrowed that first book from the library, I couldn't wait to read the next one, so that is why I ended up purchasing the second book from Audible.
No, this book is obviously overrated. Try to get it from the library if you must read it.
Not necessarily, but it would be nice to know how graphic the language is before purchasing
No. Didn't like the first one.
I know that these days people enjoy potty humor and rude terms for pieces of female anatomy, but I find them offensive. If you are like me, don't bother purchasing this book.
Motivating, Practical, Energizing
Each of the times when Andrew says something like "Go do this. Now. I'll wait."
He has a way of making it seems like he is really talking to you through the book, so it is inspiring to try to complete the tasks laid out.
I've already revamped several systems in my house. My pantry is organized with labels, and my mail is all in one place. This book is a good jump start to getting organized.
It's a little difficult to apply his time frame of thirty days, when you have young children like I do. I just had to adapt the time frame to my situation. He occasionally makes concessions for the concept of other people living in the house, but it is mostly geared toward single people. It is still possible to make this book apply to people with families, but if the author has children, I would be shocked! It's more of an attitude that the author gives off, but not an insurmountable barrier!
Yes, it is one of the few audiobooks that I have already listened to several times. Once you reach the end, the information about the main characters at the beginning becomes more interesting. The imagery that is evoked by the narration is powerful.
Tamsen Donner was my favorite character. She tried to keep the semblance of a normal life for her daughters, telling them stories and fixing their hair, amidst great tragedy.
Inspiring story about all aspects of human nature.
This was a fairly interesting book, with some good insights. It seems like the real-life examples could have been better. The author at the beginning states that the examples are "composites" and not actual persons. This takes away from the authenticity and seems like an unnecessary precaution.
The author is so biased against Christianity and the West that it is almost laughable. For example, she laments the fact that a certain socipath may not have killed frogs if he were raised as a Buddhist. However, she blames the Romanian orphan crisis on an abortion prohibition. So apparently she can see the conscience issues in killing frogs, but not unborn children. She brings up modern pop-culture Eastern philosophers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, when discussing conscience, but completely ignores Western giants on conscience such as St. Augustine and Sophocles. Her writing would be more authentic if this bias were at least acknowledged. If the reader goes into this book realizing that they are only getting about half the story on conscience at best, then something could be gained.
At least I got this on sale. This book was incredibly tedious and monotonous. Unlike other books on historical events, the authors seemed to make almost no attempt to make us care about the individuals involved. Contrast this book with "Desperate Passage", for example, which was about the events surrounding the Donner Party. In "Desperate Passage", we receive a lot of background on the individuals involved--why they moved West, who was in their family, what their personalities were like, etc. So when we got to the main drama of the story, we were fascinated by what happened to the characters we had come to invest in. In "Massacre at Mountain Meadows", we are given almost no reason to care about either the perpetrators or the victims of the massacre--although I do agree with the other review that says we are given more reasons to care about the perpetrators.
I will admit that I only listened to 3/4 of this book before giving up. I rarely give up before the end. But after multiple times of falling asleep in the second half and then going back to try to find my place, I finally realized that I had no obligation to torture myself any longer. If you enjoy reading history textbooks for fun, you might get something out of this dry recitation of times and places. If you prefer tales of history that bring the story alive, try "Desperate Passage" instead.
The story of the abduction of Adam Walsh is often told from the point of view of his father, John Walsh. While the parents' story is also told in this book, the details of the police investigation and the many mistakes of the early stages is the focus here. You will be shocked at how much information that the detective in charge chose to ignore as he made the parents continue to suffer for decades. The story is quite graphic at times, and foul language is used in the context of quotations. It is a gripping story and commentary on the failure and ultimate redemption of law enforcement in this case.
Great narration. Interesting and thought-provoking. Nancy Grace has a fascinating personal story that explains her motivation for her life's work. She has a unique perspective and fresh information on victim's rights and on many famous cases.
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