I had a love/hate feeling for this book. I loved the character in his old age and loved many of the characters in the book. It makes you think about how you treat others, class systems, and how easily you can judge others. What I didn't like about it was that there were at least three or four fairly explicit scenes which not only are they not romantic they are the kind you prefer not to think about. It would have been much better, in my opinion, if they had not put those uncomfortable scenes in. Maybe men would feel differently, I don't know, but as a woman I found them way over the top and offensive. It ruins the story that is truly a good story minus those scenes.
This book makes you aware of how easy it really is for terrorists to use tools against us that could literally destroy us in a matter of weeks. It should change the mind of any skeptic who thinks terrorists can be dealt with peacably and explains very simply the problems with the United Nations and even Americans who live in a state of denial and prefer to keep their rose-colored glasses on. This book is based on very rational facts and takes fear and places it exactly where it should be. There are no scare tactics here, simply facts and logic and anyone interested in an honest portrayal of the war in Iraq and the goings on in countries such as Russia and Iran needs to listen to this book.
This is a very enlightening book. It's very telling in regards to how politics can be such a game and how either side can really be controlled by the people with the most money and power rather than what is right and what is wrong. It also shows you how negative things that are often applicable to one party can be twisted by people in their attempts to apply them to another, which tells me that they are aware of their own guilt because they are so busy trying to direct it elsewhere rather than taking responsibility. I never liked Barbara Streisand, and I now have more reason not to like her and many other Hollywood stars who use their power and money to influence politicians and people rather than letting them decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. And I suppose it says something about the politicians and people who are persuaded to vote one way or another based on the opinions of any famous person rather than their own study of the facts.
This was an enjoyable book if you like this type of theme. It was a book that any audience can listen to as it applied to both teens and adults. It has romance yet with the added plus of the "underworld" vampire theme. The writer does not rush the story which is part of what keeps you listening because you are left in suspense with this trilogy. There are times that the book is slow but it picks up enough and is interesting enough to keep you going. The only thing I found annoying was the constant use of the phrase, "I shuddered," and that while Bella is described often as a smart girl, there are scenarios where she must have been struck dumb because it's obvious what is going on. So while that was annoying to me, I still found the book interesting and suspenseful and listened to all three books in this trilogy. The first two really set the stage and develop the characters while the last one is probably the best as it starts to delve deeper into the vampire world. All of the books in this trilogy are clean, meaning that your children could listen to them without you worrying.
I found this book to be fairly childish in its humor. I rolled my eyes more often than I laughed. It might be that as a woman listening to women referred to as a female dog throughout the book wasn't appealing to me even if it were meant to be funny. I also felt the author stooped very low to try to make you laugh by using as much obscene language as he could -- so much so that he used them almost as often as you might hear a conjunction. The characters in this book could have been better served if they weren't all from the gutter. The main character who is a hypochondriac, paranoid type of guy has no problem letting the "f" word fly when speaking conversationally to his one-year-old daughter. Does this author have children? I was waiting for the time when his daughter popped out the "f" word as if it were the same as "mama" and "dada." The crass, obscene part of the main character does not mesh with his paranoid hypochondriac side and actually took away from the character of his Emo/goth/devil child sister in which that personality would have fit and even made her more interesting had it been exclusively her trait. His character would have been more appealing if it were different from his sister in that degree as well. I think the author tried too hard to be funny. The story itself was not a bad idea at all, the author just tried too hard to make it funny with the use of obscenities. It was like being in the men's locker room after the football game. It could have been a good book, but it was ruined by the filler material he chose to use and that it seemed he wanted to appeal to a male high school audience.
This is a great book. I think it's titled improperly in that it makes it sound somewhat like it is telling you how to control people when what it really does is tell you how all of us want to be treated, and when we do treat others the same way, the positive results come back. I listen to this one over and over because I need the constant reminder, but I started using the advice immediately and it has made a huge difference in my relationships with others. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
I thought this was a very interesting book which gave a lot of insight into what might make a serial killer's mind tick. The author seemed to me to be very knowledgeable and objective in her writing and there was probably only one point that I might have disagreed with and that is that serial killers are born that way. If you like psychology this is very interesting but it's not for the weak stomached because it does go into some detail about the crimes that are very unpleasant.
Brian Regan is a great comedian for all ages. You can actually listen to his CD with children in your car which is pretty rare with comedians. I consider him more talented than other comedians in that he didn't have to use smut to come up with a joke, similar to Bill Cosby. This whole CD is hilarious and I would recommend it for the entire family.
This book is very well written and told. The author is able to give you just a glimpse of the pain he and others suffered at the hands of evil rulers, evil followers and even persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany. You realize how easy it can be for men to be broken and for animal nature to kick in and take over. You learn how one's soul can be broken to a point that you wonder how they can ever come back, yet even as broken down as they were, they continued to fight to live each day in a horrible hell. It brings across the point of how easy people choose to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that life is just fine, that human beings could never be so cruel to other human beings and how pathetic we can be when we choose to ignore another's plight because we just don't want to get involved. It makes you think twice about who you are and what you stand for and it breaks your heart to know that the persecuted people hoped over and over that someone would come to help them and yet we failed them for so long. This book is so applicable in today's times and should help to awaken anyone questioning human suffering in other countries and brings across the point that we cannot stand idly by while others in the world are suffering persecution at the hands of evil rulers and terrorists.
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