What at amazing man Arnold is! He was able to conquer so many things in life out of sheer will and determination! His work ethic is so admirable. I found the part about his California governship to be a little slow, but other than that, this book was extremely entertaining. An added bonus is that the author reads the first and last chapters of the book.
What a treat to hear Pattie tell her story with her own voice! Pattie does a wonderful job at telling her amazing life-story. While a lot of her story is sad, much of it is extraordinary and joyful. Who would not want to be her? My only complaint is that I wish it were not abridged.
I recognize this as a great novel. It could have also been a great love story, but I think it ultimately fails in that regard. As a westerner, I simply lost respect for the main characters in their lack of taking control over their own lives. While, I think that was part of the point of the story, it was very frustrating. Especially considering the length of the book. I enjoyed learning about Istanbul and how its society operated during that time. Someday I would like to visit the museum in Turkey. The very best thing about this audio book is the narrator. John Lee is the best narrator I have ever listened to. Wonderful performance!
This book was interesting, but not overly compelling. Jagger is such an interesting person, but I didn't get a really intimate feel from the book, perhaps that is just due to a guarded man though.
This is one of the most amazing books ever! The story draws you in and you are right there with the characters. While difficult to listen to at times, you just can't leave the characters all alone on the ocean. The narrater is just perfect for this story. Long live Richard Parker!!!
I thought this was going to be a piece of fluff. But it was highly entertaining! There were so many twists and turns. Also, there were so many potential villians and actual villains and victims. It keeps you guessing until the very end!
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