Ok, unless you have the play memorized, this is hard to follow without the characters before you on the stage, but it is still just EXCELLENT. Don't let that difficulty stop you, just listen to this with the play or a guide in front of you, so you always remember who is speaking and where they are.
At first I rated this really low. Then, I thought about it and listened to it again and I changed my mind. Understand that this doesn't teach you to dance. You already need to be working on that yourself. Rather, this helps you face a performance, and work on polishing those tricky moves that you seem to have trouble with, or the ones that make your nervous, or any part of the dance you want to concentrate on. If you approach it that way (and the program does tell you that, but I missed it the first go around), you'll be amazed at the progress you can make. I've been using it to prepare for a performance that is a bit out of my comfort zone. I had a step that was giving me trouble. I worked on it with this, and boom next practice, I nailed it. Also, there is a particular element to this (I don't want to give it away) that is really helpful for the performance part of dance. So, now you know as much as I can tell you. Buy if this fits. Don't buy if you are seeking instruction -- go pay for lessons instead.
I love these series. I love hearing about the works and life, while hearing the works. However, I don't think enough of the famous ones were worked in here. Why not?
At first I was very drawn into this, then it became a chore. Am I alone? I don't buy the characters, or the mystery, and I didn't care about them in the end. That's fatal for me.
Having just come out of a season of loss, this book was a real life saver. Thank you Robin for writing it, and for sharing some of your (and family) philosophies. Its so true -- everyone's got something, so dust it off and keep after it. Pray, love and be true. That is all that matters.
I had the strange feeling of all of a sudden understanding how my husband feels when I give him a book, saying: you have GOT to read this -- forgetting that the plot is more geared to women than men. There is a certain point in the novel that I think many women will say -- ok, enough already, I get it, and men/boys will say: Huzzah! At a boy and keep at it! I complained of the part to my husband and son (I turned my son on to this series after he had serious Harry Potter withdrawal, who insisted that my husband read it), and they both protested in the extreme -- "But it is PIVOTAL to the plot." Quite. Ehem.
Also, I did feel like the book was an exercise in the splitting the mind practice. We go off on one quest, and another, and another, and another. Etc.
Still, all considered. Good, very well written, low fantasy. I will read / listen to the next one. What will happen???
I keep wondering if this book appealed to as others the way it did to me. Well plotted, well characterized, very interesting story about people who just end up --right--there--in--the--middle-- of it. A reluctant book seller and a baby -- and a bit of a mystery, drawing in a cop who starts a successful bookclub. What more could you ask for?
This book really makes you think. I loved the POV from a blind character, and a sympathetic boy Nazi. What would you do for light and love?
Loved this book, it was well worth the wait. There was a definite "-OMG,-you-did-not-do-that- Diana!!-Yes-yay-you-did!!- moment that I loved. And just good character stories mixed with plenty of history, fantasy, war and politics, about this family that seems so real to me. How does she do this?
This book was alright, but I really expected more on the Indian part based upon the prologue. Still, the title does say Short, so I should have expected what I got, I guess. Not a bad intro, and I did learn somethings, particularly about Washington.
Very interesting book. I used to go to Church Camp in the New Mexico mountains, from which I garnered a pen pal from Los Alamos. I had NO idea about this place. I loved the literary style of this book -- in the collective We, which managed to show the many many experiences of the wives, the families, and even the views of the scientists -- the lives of the creators of the atomic bomb during those years. Important read, well narrated.
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