I stayed with it to the end, but I'm a bit ashamed to say so. Lots of improbable overcharged sex and crazy fantasy religious/demonic interactions. If you're looking for escapism, this one will do it.
Part historical fiction, part family saga, part pioneer story with real cowboys and Native Americans - if you live in Florida, have visited Florida, or dream of doing either, you should read this story. It is a riveting trip through time and the taming and plundering of this exotic place called Florida. It is hard for most of us who see the land of strip malls and traffic jams to imagine the Florida wilderness. This book will help you imagine and as the title suggests... remember.
A family saga with an edgy twist! Clearly Mr. Walter is sharing from personal experiences and emotions. In this the lives and emotions of the characters ring true.
I enjoyed Shannon Cochran's various Texas accents. Susan Phillips' cast of characters were entertaining. If you liked the TV show Dallas, you'll like this. Won't change your life, but won't bring you down while you're laying by the pool.
There are others of us who have larger than life fathers who say (said) crazy things, but Sean's capturing of his Dad's musings is just plan hilarious... and also very sweet. Take away message... get to know your Dad. There might be more to him than you realized.
As a female in leadership (though not nearly as funny and not at all as famous as Tina) I appreciated hearing from Tina Fey on the development of her career. Of course the book makes you laugh out loud, but she shares her life lessons in a charming and candid way that adds depth and poignancy. It was a treat to listen to the Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton skit again and to be let in on the behind the scenes development of Tina's Palin persona (not nearly as sinister as some might imagine!). I've determined that the rules for improv make great rules for life... never shut down another person's contribution... always add to it. I'm glad I listened.
I'm not sure why I downloaded Rob Lowe's book initially. I have never particularly been a fan. I wasn't not a fan, but I guess I figured he was another shallow, pretty faced aging kid actor.
Whatever struck me, I'm glad I listened to this book. In it Rob talks about the stress and thrill of being hounded by hoards of adoring fans and admits that while he loves people, the mindless mob can steal your soul (not a quote, but my summation). However, his true affection and admiration for the interesting cast of characters who have populated his life make him seem like a deeply caring, thinking, fun person I would enjoy chatting with. And I feel like I had the opportunity to do so.
I hope he wasn't just acting this part... I believed him. If you're a Rob fan, you must read this book. If you're not, but you have at least a mild interest in the who he is a a human being, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Hey Rob, thanks for sharing.
I was touched, moved, entertained, enthralled with this book I've been tempted to buy it for every person I know (instead, I'll highly recommend it to everyone I know!). I laughed out loud (mostly at Minnie), seethed with anger(mostly at Hillie), was uplifted by Abelene's faith and courage, and encouraged by Eugenia's self-discovery. I lived with these characters and now I miss them terribly!
I read this book along with others by Clavell a long time ago. Listening to John Lee narrate this epic story was fascinating. I loved every minute of it -- even the ending. Although, I felt sad to leave all of the characters -- you know that empty feeling when a great story ends. This book embodies all of the reasons we spend time with great fiction. For those moments I was listening, I was transported to another time and place.
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