Jupiter, FL, United States
I love Betty White and the fact that she read this book herself was a big selling point for me. She's a great lady and a great advocate for the animals, not to mention a pretty good actress as well. I enjoyed her stories of being an celebrity and being an actress, though I was a little disappointed not to hear some "war stories" about what it is really like to be a celebrity in Hollywood. I didn't expect any name-dropping, of course, just a little more insight into the life of a Hollywood star.
This book was written by a member of the secret service who was with the service at the time of Kennedy's death but was not there in Dallas. It is self-serving in some ways in that he becomes defensive. For example, discussing how the Ford Motor company designed the limo without input from the Secret Service, as if that may have changed outcomes. Also, when he discusses how the president himself didn't take his own security seriously, which may have caused a few problems. I came away with the feeling the Secret Service did not have as much power as I thought they did. Maybe that was all then and this is now. I will say that this book did pique my interest in other Kennedy books and I am now reading Case Closed by Gerald Posner and find it very interesting indeed. I also read Stephen King's 11.23.63 and loved it. I know it's fiction, but much of the historical details are exactly as described in Posner's book.
Yes, I really enjoyed meeting all the people in this small town. There are a lot of dynamics here and I felt I was really a part of it.
I can compare it to Peter Behren's The O'Briens in that the characters are all involved with one another and there are complex relationships among them. Also, the way the story unfolds is similar.
I like the English accent very much. If I were reading it in my own head, with my own voice, I don't think I would "know" the characters as they were written.
I would if I could!
I hope JK Rowling continues to write for adult audiences.
I am still reading this book but I am so sorry I got it as an audio book as I don't like the reader. He does not enunciate "she," it sounds like "he" and it's very confusing when you think one character is being discussed only to hear "he" instead of "she" and you can't turn back the pages to see if you missed something. I will be sure to remember this reader, Paul Hecht, to make sure I don't get another book he has read.
It's very difficult to describe this book. I fell in love with it immediately, but the animal-lover in me became very uncomfortable with the very graphic nature of descriptions of animal killing the protagonist had to do to survive. The suffering of the young boy and the tiger was very real and the narrator did his best to succinctly capture what was going on in the moments that Pi was truly fearing for his life.
I was sorry that summaries of the book included a spoiler. It would have enhanced the experience for me if I had not known that Richard Parker survived.
I highly recommend this book but beware of the graphic violence that is described in great detail that seems to go on and on for far too many pages.
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult's work and have loved every one of her novels so far. But I was seriously disappointed in this book and I am so sorry to say that. The book reads more like a Danielle Steele novel, which I avoid. I am not sure if she wrote it in that style because the protagonist was into cheap, dime-store romance novels so Picoult wrote in that style as well, or if she was unaware of the comparison. No matter, the writing was not so great, the story was even worse. The heroine is an accomplished anthropologist yet she falls for an abusive celebrity. Her character has no dimensions, we can't figure out what makes her so special that a Brad Pitt character would fall for her. She gets angry at really stupid things, which makes her appear simple and immature, but does not get angry at abuse. The cop character is also a little less thought out, and the only character that is really developed is the antagonist. So the story is more about him than her. I am not saying intelligent, professional women cannot be abused. We all know the story of Tina Turner. I get it. But there's no reasoning as to why this character is allowing herself to be abused. When she introduces Ophelia as her room mate instead of her best friend, we got a glimpse of just how much this character didn't care about her friendships. Very odd book for Picoult. I hope she got it out of her system and doesn't write like this again.
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