This was the first michael lewis book I read and was really impressed that he was able to find narratives that made high frequency trading much more interesting than it is when business papers cover it. This was high on my list - I basically wanted to listen to it almost all the time. The writing was great and entertaining
It is a story of something so complex that I wouldn't be able to figure it out from one article, but Lewis takes the time to explain it.
I thought dylan was great - his voice really had the no nonsense feel that the writing conveyed as well.
not really that kind of book!
I read this book when I was a teenager and LOVED it. That was more than thirty years ago though and it doesn't totally stand up. Desiree is portrayed as not very smart (though she does smart things) self-deprecating and there are somewhat painful passages where old romance is retread. It is also clear that the reader is not quite right for this - the story starts when she is 14 and ends in her late 40s and the reader doesn't do either justice. It is a great way to live through the Napoleonic Wars though. Also it is very disappointing that she leaves her husband and child and returns to paris. I realize that is not the authors doing but made her a much less interesting person in my mind.
I did listen to most of the last half at 1.5x time and that worked perfectly!
inspirational interesting story
I loved learning more about this important person in American society - how she grew up and through self determination became a very successful person in a society that was pretty hostile to her in her early years.
She did a pretty good job but there were obvious places - a lot of them - where there were retakes of a sentence or so and you could totally tell that one was recorded out of sync with the other.
I loved learning about the abolition movement and how it was tired to women's rights. I studied this in school but not in depth and it did make me want to learn more about it. I really enjoyed the last part of the book where the author spoke directly about the facts and how she integrated them into the story. I felt the story itself was overly long and a bit unsurprising.
I think at the beginning you think that the girls will be best friends and save each other but you come to see that they care for each other but circumstances are too different to breach. The portrayal of abolitionists, vs equality of the races and equality of the sexes was very helpful in understanding how different society was just a few hundred years ago or less.
Yes, I really loved the different voices of the 3 different characters. They brought these characters to life. The female character was the most unbelievable of the three and having Kate Mulgrew read it helped make it seem more real.
The glancing touch of history of Texas which was not all that long ago.
Eli Mcculough. he is an interesting character and the voice was perfect.
A great listen that will pull you into this three generational history of Texas.
Probably so - the story and the characters are fun (though a bit tough to keep track of) and I thought the reader could have done a better job of distinguishing when there was a change of scene or speaker
A fun listen - and it's not that long so you can forgive some of the transitions that work better in print than when read.
I really liked the character of Ender and what he went through - and I liked comparing what the author thought would be in the future vs what is - the nets vs Facebook. I did not like the sexism or the anti semitism in the book. And the ending kind of blows.
I thought the most interesting thing was how the author had taken the idea of video games and made it real - way before video games were real. You could almost feel what it was like to be weightless too in the descriptions of their zero gravity games.
I thought all the readers did a good job - being a child's voice (though frankly the characters were not really children) and adult
I did not read the print edition so hard to know, but I loved Orlagh and Bahni in this. I had found this because I searched for Bahni.
Mama was my favorite character because she always had a level head and didn't suffer from the selfish and silly characteristics that others did.
Definitely cry - how can you have a book about slavery and friendship without that.
I really loved this story - despite the circumstances of the characters who were oppressed by slavery - it was a great tale and made me feel hot summers in Virginia. I also loved the Williamsburg portion as I am a devotee of Williamsburg and it was fun to know where she went and I think I know the house the author used as a guide for the uncle's house. The character Livinia is a bit simple - the plot did turn on people not telling obvious truths and characters being unable to figure it out which I was able to overlook because it was so enjoyable.
I really loved the character of Peg, the mother and the main character, Desa Malone. They were very happy and positive people despite what was happening to them. What I really loved about this story is that it's about a time in history that is not often studied now and has so many relationships to what is happening in today's society.
I also listened to bud not buddy and loved that - Christopher Curtis is a great storyteller. I'm in my 40s and found this a wonderful listen when I was cooking, running, or just in the car.
I have read Catching Fire (and of course all the others) and after listening to The Help was really excited to hear Catching Fire. But from the outset it was just all wrong. The reader sounds like she is forty rather than a Katniss. It is grating. I listened for awhile but am not going to be able to finish it - I was really surprised that with content like this they didn't choose someone younger and more in touch with the content. I'm sure Carolyn would be great with other content - but not this.
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