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Cork is on the run with a price on his head, suspected of murder himself . . . so he runs to his cousin, Jewell, in Michigan . . . where he finds little solace. The mystery continues to unfold, and its as good a story as the first books in the series.
Historical fiction is usually at the top of my list, but this one is just "out there". The story is all over the place, the author obviously has an awfully high opinion of himself and is overly fixated on writing about sexual scenes, which detract greatly from the book. The book begins in 1906, an American era that I'm greatly interested in. I find it interesting, however, that Doctorow wrote the book in 1975 at the height of the "sexual" revolution in our country, and it's a sad commentary that he had to interject that into a novel written about the turn of the century America. I had to stop listening.
I can see from the reviews that some have taken the narrator, Scott Brick to the woodshed on this one, and I must admit at the beginning of the book some of the drama was really not called for. But all in all, I do love Scott Brick, and as the story progressed, so did the urgency. I really liked the actual story, and so what if it's a love story? It was that, but so much more. And it was anything but predictable. Excellent writing and kept me listening until the wee hours . . .
Giving my mind a break from weightier historical fiction and crime novels, I gave Emily and Einstein a listen. Still meaty enough, yet light enough not require every brain cell, the book was just right. A little far-fetched fantasy (pardon the pun) where an almost dead husband is turned into a pooch never hurt anyone. Also, as a woman having tried to balance being a wife, mother and full time career during the 1970's, I found it quite refreshing to hear that Emily and Jordan's mother, a pioneer in the women's lib movement came to the startling realization that she COULDN'T do it all . . . just like we all did. I'm a lover of children's books, too . . . just as Emily is . . . so I found the book a very enjoyable detour.
Set before, during and after the Great War, this is a wonderful historical mystery series that will keep you listening. It's clean, yet the depth of emotion and understanding of the horrors of war that the author displays will stay with me for a long time. I appreciate the sensitivity with which the childhood of young Maisie is written, and the seldom touched on mixing of social status. This first book in the series was absolutely necessary to learn exactly what Maisie Dobbs is made of, and I must say, she's made of some very fine stuff. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
This is one of the most harrowing, beautiful stories of survival during the holocaust that I have come across. Before listening to The Lost Wife, I knew very little of the history of Czechoslavakia during WWII. But I have visited the beautiful old city of Prague, and can imagine the life of Lenka and Josef before the communist invasion. I found myself researching the Terezin concentration where unexpectedly many Jewish artists and musicians were held during the war. Because of these artists, many of whom were later sent to Auchwitz and killed, we have learned, through their paintings and drawings what really happened during their internment. These well-hidden artworks were recovered following the war. These brave, starving Jewish people managed to conceal and carry small scraps of paper and paint from their workshops back to the children of the camp so they, too, could be creative. The Lost Wife is a historically correct fictional story that is unique. It gives the listener a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people and their families at a time in history that none of us would choose to live in. Some reviewers have found the writing to be far fetched. It isn't. WWII happened, as did the atrocities against the Jewish people by the German government. Evil exists. And by the mighty grace of God, people survive. The human spirit is strengthened. Love prevails.
Well, here goes . . . I am not Catholic . . . I'm protestant . . . but more importantly, I'm a Christian. I very much disagree with all the negative reviews on The Sisterhood. But then again, I tend to look at the heart of things, the deeper story. I like the narration, particularly the southern accent, as I'm a southerner, didn't find it to be fake at all. And the Spanish accents seemed true to the ones I have heard all my life. I've always been interested in the Spanish Inquisition, and learned a lot from this book. It is heartbreaking that in the name of religion, Christians have done exactly what many religions today are doing. Yet in God's mercy and wisdom, He has set in motion pockets of protection, such as the convent in Spain, that welcomed and protected His children regardless of their backgrounds. That is what LOVE does. That is what Christ did. I loved the personality and spunky ways of the nuns, and it put me in mind right away of Mother Teresa who sacrificed selflessly her entire life for others. Being a servant crosses all denominations . . . Catholic, Baptist, Methodist . . . we are all His. The doctrine which has divided us is not of consequence. Let us ask the Lord when we get to Heaven. For now, let us serve Him. I listened to this audio book for two days, being blessed by it. I have to laugh at the people who find it contrived and far fetched. So are the real stories of Columbus' voyage to America, the creation of the United States as one nation under God, and a baby being formed in it's mother's womb.
This audio book was a "detour" for me, and a fun one. I usually stick to historical fiction or heavier crime dramas, but sometimes I like to lighten it up. And this one is just the book for a fun listen that will keep you guessing, a likable writer and thief goes to Amsterdam and solves a murder.
Just finished "A Place to Call Home" . . . I wish I could give it TEN STARS . . . It's billed as a romance novel, but I beg to differ. I don't buy romance novels. But I bought this audio book. It IS a story of love, one that began in childhood, with a depth of compassion, bravery and loyalty that many adults could learn from. Deborah Smith is an excellent writer, capturing the essence of small town life in the south perfectly, the love of family, the "charity" for the "less fortunate", the turning of a "blind eye", the scenic back roads, and the "other side of the tracks". She puts a face on those that the "nice" people often choose to overlook. I find this most refreshing, having grown up as the daughter of an alcoholic and having Sunday School teachers who never spoke of it or acknowledged it. There is a reason that Jesus says we must come to Him as little children. I think that's the most striking thing throughout this book. Roan and Claire, damaged and hurt, kept the untarnished, unquestioned love for one another that began in childhood. When family failed, community failed, and even when they failed themselves, faith did not fail. This is by no means a religious book. But it's a clean book, it's a redemptive story. It brings people and their failings full circle.
My husband and I listened to this one on a road trip over a long weekend. And we both loved it. Caught ourselves carrying the ipod to bed with us to sneak in a few more minutes each night after our family went to sleep . . . The descriptions of the beautiful western landscapes were exceptional, as well as the Indian customs, and it added to the story of Sammy, the soldier who supposedly went AWOL. For someone who has only driven through these sparse, ruggedly beautiful states in the western U.S., I found myself longing to go back, and really SEE them, to stop and drink the beauty in. The history of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico was equally interesting to us. And what we as a people have done to our native American brothers and sisters always brings pain to me. Tularosa is a great book. Don't miss it. And I have already added Mexican Hat, the next one in the series to my wish list.
I thoroughly enjoyed (strange to enjoy a story from the morgue, huh?) this audio book, much to my own surprise. A 72-year old doctor turned coroner, is not at all happy with the prospects, he was educated in Paris prior to the communist regime of Pathet Lao in Laos, now following the Vietnam war, the former French colony is forever changed. But Dr. Siri must play along. The twists and turns are hilarious, sad, strange and full of Asian mystical meaning, of which the kind doctor has a gift. This is great writing on many levels . . . the descriptions of post-war Laos, the great understanding of what the Laotian people endured and how they felt during this time (but were unable to express), the deceptions of communist, and the ingenious ways that all resilient people survive under horrendous conditions. I can't wait to go on to the next book in the series.
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