A wonderful and moving story of a boy and his love for the two hunting dogs he raises. The Ozark forests are beautifully remembered and the dangers and challenges that boy, his dogs, and his family face are exciting, and deeply moving. While not for young children, this book will be memorable for both children and adults. The reading is near perfect in pace and tone.
This is Edward Abbey's best book, a chronicle of his work as a park ranger and a love song to the American Desert. Alternately serious and funny, lyrical and preachy, the book is a loosely structured set of stories linked by place, so that the desert becomes a character of its own -- changeable, unforgiving, beautiful.
Michael Kramer is excellent, clear, nuanced, and well-paced. You get the feeling that you are hearing the author, himself, describing one of his adventures, or repeating a story he has heard.
A beautiful book, memories slightly tinged with regret, like stories told late at night in a bar, long after the jukebox is quiet.
Global climate change is a complex subject. Unfortunately, many of those who write about it do not understand the facts and theories that are behind the current opinions. So, we have dozens of opinions written (or spoken) by people who don't understand the subject.
If we are changing the earth's climate in ways that could harm us, we will need to do something about it. Something effective. But before you decide, try to understand. These lectures are a good place to start.
They are lectures, not a popular science book. They can be dry and technical in parts, but they are fascinating. The lectures and course notes are thorough and understandable. You need only a high school science background to understand them.
When you are done, will will know enough to be able to understand why environmental scientists feel the way they do. You will also understand a little of the politics and economics that are part of the current debates over global warming. You will know enough to develop an opinion of your own. You will be able to separate the science, from the economics and politics - and the facts from the opinions - on both sides.
Bill Bryson has taken a huge amount of information and a wry sense of humor and written one of the best books of the year. As he admits, it is far from a history of nearly everything, but it is a brilliant and interesting survey of what we know about the world and the all-too-human adventurers, thinkers, and scientists who helped create that understanding.
One of the delights of this abridged version is the reading by Bryson, whose British-American accent underlines the wit and humor of the book.
I thought that this author was supposed to be one of the best conservative writers, but she is really unChristian and full of hate. She does not support any conservative ideas that I can see. She only only tries to build herself up by putting others down in vile and disgusting ways
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