This book is about the effects of grief and how one family copes with the loss of a beloved father. The novel begins sometime after that fateful day 9/11. Thomas Schell, father, son, and husband, perished in the attacks, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is narrated by his son, Oskar. It's interspersed with letters from Oskar's grandfather to his son, Thomas, and letters from Oskar's grandmother to Oskar. Together it tells the history of this family, and the pain and suffering caused by the loss of their loved one.
I found this incredibly moving.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close can be uplifting and soul searing at different times. With the horrors and wounds of the 9/11 attacks still fresh, this novel may hit too close to home for some people. By the end of this book, how that awful day happened for all members of Oskar's family is known, and beyond the pain lies hope, and Oskar is not as alone as he thinks he is. Oskar Schell's story is one to cherish, and perhaps that metaphor for the lost innocence of the world is one we all ought to acknowledge and embrace.
This is a fascinating account of a critical and nation defining moment in American History.
The abolition of slavery. This book details the lives of the men and women who played such a prominent role in this period. This is no dry academic look at history, Goodwin makes the period and the players come alive to make this a real page turner. Lincoln forged a team that liberated a nation from the contagion of slavery. He truly deserves his place as one of the most admired presidents of the United States.
After you listen to the book I recommend you see the film Lincoln and the extraordinary performance by Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln.
This is a great book, made perfect by the narration of John C Reilly.
The best narration of an audible book I have ever listened to.
This book is a stunning example of how power corrupts so completely.
There is a fine line between sanity and normality.
I hope Mr Reilly graces us with more narrations in future.
Loved this book, thoroughly enjoyable ride into the highs and lows of making a film.
Richard E Grant is fabulous as the narrator as he takes us on his personal journey full of triumphs and disasters. I hope Audible adds his other book With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant to its library.
No one writes better in the vampire genre as does Anne Rice.
This is my third time working through the Vampire Chronicles, only this time I have
the luxury of listening to the books.
This is a sweeping tale through time eternal, conspiracies, betrayal, intrigue galore.
Its a shame no director has ever done justice to these books, they are so much better than
Twilight. These vampires do not want to date you, they want to bite you.
Imagine interviewing a vampire in the 21st century... and it has me hooked every time.
A well researched book that covers the life and times of Princess Diana.
The author keeps her objectivity and does not portray Diana as a saint or queen of hearts.
I don't know why I am not surprised to learn that behind the public façade they are really privileged, spoilt dreadful people. A very interesting listen.
I think we can stand to have another take on films that kill (The Ring).
An interesting thriller that will keep you listening to the end.
Gildart Jackson as the narrator goes a little over the top with some of his accents.
I enjoyed this much better than Gone Girl. Its a lot darker.
The book was not as good as I thought it would be.
My problem was I did not like the characters, therefore was not invested in their various outcomes.
I found the plot implausible.
The ending did not ring true to me. But otherwise not a bad way to pass an afternoon.
This book was really interesting, to experience the Madoff disaster from inside the Madoff family.
As compelling as their story is you still feel more sympathy for the victims of this horrendous fraud.
Very compassionate and informative look at Aids from Elton John.
From the emergence of this epidemic in the 80's when these poor souls were cast out and
ostracised, to how things stand today.
A lot of work still remains to be done to combat this decease.
Attitudes are still a problem to overcome especially in the lesser developed countries.
Elton John continues to support this cause through his Aids Foundation.
I found this book very informative. It is well researched and it tries to dissect the events leading up to the shooting as well as the aftermath.
It dispels a lot of false reporting that came out of this tragedy.
The girl who said yes to believing in God, never actually happened.
The killers weren't gay. They weren't part of the Trench Coat Mafia. They weren't nerds or outcasts or goths, and they didn't target jocks or black people or anybody in particular. They did not go bowling for Columbine. They skipped class that morning instead and went on a killing spree.
Psychopaths are neurologically different from healthy people. They're arrogant and obsessed with power and control, and they're cognitively almost incapable of remorse or empathy. If you are searching for an answer to why this crime was committed there isn't one. There are no logical reasons for senseless violence.
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