Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
When the book first started off, I wasn't sure I was going to like it as much as the first one, but oh, as it went on, I did, I SURE did! Some of the tale is a little far fetched, but hey, who's to say it couldn't happen in the south . . . As for old Moon Pie, there's plenty of redneck, criminals running around down here, all hyped up on drugs, alcohol and their own puffed up image of themselves. And thank God, there are plenty of the good guys, too . . . the good old Bible belt . . . this is a thriller, but also a really GOOD listen with an ending worth the wait . . . and this southern, country gal LOVES an ending she can sink her teeth into.
This historical account of King Ahaz who turned away from God to worship false idols and brought about the ruin of the nation is very applicable to current times. His young son, Hezekiah watched as his father sacrificed his brother to Molek. Hezekiah, terrified, prayed to the one true God that he, too, would not be sacrificed in the fire. God spared his life. Hezekiah succeeded his father as king of Judah and listened to the prophet Micah and returned the nation to worship the Lord.
Things as never as they look from the outside . . . and many don't want to peer into the darkness anyway. But those who are brave enough find untold beauty, unknown strength, and unbelievable horror. This is the Vietnam story I have been looking for, the only one that makes any sense, and as hard as it is, the one I can understand. I was a teen during the Vietnam war and watched it unfold on television, not understanding why America was unable to conquer this small country ... seeing so many boys in my small town be drafted go off to war. Although The Lotus Eaters is more than a love story, the love between Helen and Linh begins an eruption of emotions and we begin to see even more of the Vietnam that had broken Linh's heart in the first place. As things began to culminate, the fear rose in me that I would be angry with the ending of this book, but happily I was wrong. I cannot stand to go through an entire book and get to a pitiful end. This book did not disappoint.
Believe it or not, this is my first Lake Wobegon . . . the voice of Garrison Keillor is a sing song melody that is soothing, steadfast, and funny. The characters of the small town are brought to life in ways I wouldn't think possible . . . and they grow on you . . . and you are reminded not to take yourself or your problems too seriously.
As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun . . . While I found this book quite interesting, particularly the historical accounts of WWI and pre and post depression America and Europe, I ultimately found the characters doing what all of humanity has always done . . . chase their tails like cats. There was nothing truly profound or enlightening here, just men and women doing what the human race has always done, seeking self gratification. In the beginning I really liked Larry, well, I even liked him in the end, but by then, I found him to be more like a 1970s hippie, than an injured soul seeking spiritual understanding. Wandering around life with few human attachments, thinking he has lived lives in other bodies, etc. I had hoped that he would find God, the ONE true God. But it didn't happen. Having said all that, Larry's choices and that of all the other friends in the author's tale are not upheld, justified, nor scolded . . . only told . . . and that is the only salvation for this book . . . and the one reason that I could find it an enjoyable listen. The era is one of turmoil, of changes, of a time, particularly in Europe, that I find fascinating . . . that's the part I enjoyed most.
I really liked this book about murder on the Tilt-a-Whirl, narration was great. Lots of evil exposed here, although my favorite part is probably the developing relationship between the part time summer cop, Danny and the ex-military MP, Ceepak. Ceepak, freshly back from the war in Iraq, is regimented, and out to do GOOD. He faces the bag lady, druggies, and the powerful rich . . . will he cross over to the dark side?
I'm not ordinarily a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I'm not addicted to the movies . . . but something about this book attracted me from the beginning . . . excellent writing, great sleuthing, and the relationship that develops between the "retired" Holmes and Mary is amazing . . . not sappy, not fake, not at all what you would expect. That's what makes this series so spectacular . . . what a team they make!
I started listening to this one and couldn't stop. I like Heather Gudenkauf's writing, her depth of perception, and her intuition. She has a way of picking out the wounded in this world and rooting for them, despite the horrible things that have been done to them, and shows us that light that is hidden deep within them. She shows us the selfish, all-wrapped-up-in-themselves people, too, and what they do to those around them. I am never disappointed with the outcome of her stories. If you are a thinker and want to see below the surface, you will love These Things Hidden.
This is the last in the Civil War trilogy by Lynn Austin, and it will stay with me for a long, long time. What Lynn Austin has accomplished in this series is nothing short of amazing. She has stripped away all the prejudices of black and white, north and south, and left us with only people, real, suffering people. The good, the bad and the ugly. The color of their skin is irrelevant, then and now. God's hand was in the Civil War. It was HE who set the captives free, for it is HE who sets up rulers and takes down rulers. But hatred itself is a worse master than a physical captor, and Lynn Austin captures this fact throughout her writing. If you want to really learn about the Civil War and it's effects on people, there is no better series than the Refiner's Fire series.
Just finished Fire by Night, the second in the Refiner's Fire trilogy by Lynn Austin. The first one, Candle in the Darkness, was so good, I didn't think this one could match it, but it does. This time the family is on the Union side, although few family members are actually enlisted as soldiers in the war. Class differences existed in the north, which is evidenced by the wealthy being able to "buy" their way out of serving in the Union army. I admire the way that Lynn Austin is able to cut through Christian hypocrisy and show the truth of our Savior's grace and love. The Civil War, on both sides, was very evil, and this series, is the best I have read/heard in divulging the human failures of the war. Slavery is and was absolutely wrong. And it is by divine providence that the north won the war and slavery was abolished. That said, the price that our nation paid was a grievous one, and many horrors were perpetrated by the blue and the gray.
Excellent Listen by Andrew Peterson . . . Narrated by Dick Hill . . . couldn't be better . . . two ex-marines who own their own security company are called back into action . . . double crossed by people they thought they knew . . . and chasing the worst of the worst criminals. Who can they REALLY trust?
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