If you are on a spiritual path, or would like to be, read this book. I recommend you combine it with Oprah's online classes from earlier this year - she discusses each chapter with Tolle and it's a wonderful guide.
I was a little reluctant to listen to this novel due to the hype surrounding it. I was seduced by the plot and fell in love with the characters. If you enjoy novels about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, you will enjoy this book. I still find myself wondering about the characters, how they are, as if they will stop by some day.
While the story about the war reporter aspects was riveting, any author who wishes to write with any authority about the Vietnam War should research the military aspects of the war.
This author appeared to have watched, and misunderstood, some vague documentary on TV. She has no concept of the air war, particularly the role of helicopters. This includes basic terminology - "planes" did not take off and land from LZs. This combined with annoying mispronunciations by the narrator - Chinook pronounced "Chin-ook" not "Shin-ook" for example - detracted from the story.
If this sort of misconception doesn't annoy you, you may enjoy the book.
If you enjoy the genre of Historians as Time Travelers, you will enjoy this listen. The story line stays on track and interesting and the historical references are detailed enough to be intriguing without being ridden to death.
I normally enjoy Spider Robinson and was looking forward to this listen. Unfortunately, it is so mired in trite mid-20th century pop culture that the slang and cultural references used jarred me out of the story. References to 'Fibber McGee's Closet' in a sci fi novel? Really?!?
I enjoy Laurie King and was surprised by the subject. The descriptions can get Dickensian and in my opinion the beginning bogs down in a lengthy set up of characters and milieu.
Unexpected twists and characters pop up and liven the narrative, so by the end it's quite enjoyable.
This series has very tight and exciting plot lines as well as fun characters. It's listenable mayhem which will distract from any boring must-do activity, like getting your cardio in. I have grabbed every book in the series and they're an easy listen.
A pleasant surprise, with a depth of characterization and great sensitivity in dealing with the material. very worthwhile listen.
I was enjoying the story until about Chapter 96, when the audio skips irretrievably. There must be better versions available.
If you remember the joys of the 'fun run' and scatological marching cadences still make you snort with laughter, you will revel in John Ringo's books. The plots and characters are non-stop thrills, but even better for military veterans, the tactics, situations and people all ring true to what we lived with. Smell the cordite and taste the MREs again, without having to live in a tent.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed the performance and characters. A much more interesting tale that the average superhero yarn, the characters were three dimensional and 'real' despite superpowers, powers that are sometimes more pain and strife than useful.
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