I liked that the author, Reza Aslan, did not resort to any kind of sensationalism but only stuck to the history of Jesus Christ and his followers.
This is not a "pleasure" read but a very informative history so there are no "characters", only real people during very, very difficult times.
The author has an excellent reading voice. His complete submersion and obvious knowledge of his subject matter held me in a way just reading the book would not have.
There was not just one moment. The whole book moved me deeply. Understanding how life was so long ago helped me to understand the reasons for the events that took place.
Many people will not read this book because they may feel this author may be trying to tear down their faith and what they believe the truth to be. I say, don't be afraid. Read it. You will come away with your faith intact and deeper but in a more realistic way. The true path Jesus would want you on is plainly revealed to you in this book. This truth will be clear to the thinking Christian as well as the thinking Muslim. You will not have to rely so much on "hope" and "faith" with so much secret doubt.
I liked the author's character, Paige Mahoney.
I guess I must pass. There are too many great books to read and too little time. Through this entire book, I kept thinking of Suzanne Collins', "The Hunger Games".
Only one word needed. Fine.
My regrets to this author, but the competition is keen in the writing world and if the reader is constantly reminded of another author's work while reading your work, then you have missed the mark.
The narrators and the very, very interesting story.
My favorite part of this story was the description of life and customs within the Native American tribe.
Many of the scenes in this book are very compelling. So compelling in fact that it is going to make it difficult to know what to leave out when the HBO series is made, which I am only hoping it will be. It is much too big a story for a single motion picture to do it justice.
For me when a book is so good one hates to put it down, I tend to slow things down so as not to finish it too quickly. Great stories like this are just not being written every day. One look at any bestseller list reveals this truth.
Listen. Go slow. Don't let the three intertwining stories confuse you. It will all come together in the end just beautifully. Don't confuse this book with, "& Sons: A Novel" by David Gilbert which recently came out and is getting a great deal of attention.
I love to listen to books. However this book was difficult to listen to. The "readers" mostly just read the work with some but very little "inflection". Due to many characters, difficult names and unfamiliar places I found this book very hard to understand what was going on and who was saying or doing what. I got the basic gist of the story, but will have to "read" the book to truly understand it. I wish more talented readers had been chosen to read this wonderful story.
I have never read a book quite like this one.
He is a very gifted reader. I look forward to listening to more of his work.
I laughed and felt some sadness too.
I am so impressed with the great skill of this author, Adiga. He has woven such a clever tale of truth and wisdom about the working poor. In a very clever way, Mr. Adiga has taught us something while he entertained us with this wonderful story. This book is a true gift of pleasure and insight.
Wondering what was going to happen.
They were all too weird to like.
Many. Mr. Vance's work is always perfect.
This author is such a good writer. What he does is similar to slight of hand. I always came back to listen, just knowing that something really major was just about to happen. Even though it never did, I actually came away feeling as though I'd just listened to a really great book!
did not have a favorite
I liked the book. It kept my attention until the end when I felt as though the author had gotten tired of writing and just ended, kind of taking the easy way out. The ending left me feeling like a leftover.
This is my first Zadie Smith novel. "On Beauty" is all about real people with real lives, emotions and messes to fix or live with. This author seems to understand men and their poor judgement when it comes to pussy. Zadie Smith understands how very large women feel about their bodies and how hard they try to squelch the feelings of unattractiveness. This is a very rich novel filled with laugh-out-loud humor and deep pain.
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