This book tells a true story about an unlikely group that came from behind with all odds against them only to pull off one of the greatest feats in the history of the US Olympics.
Robert Sawyers science fiction books are always wonderful to read. The books are well researched. informative, and diverse. He approaches subjects I do not find in other science fiction. www.Wake is true to his style. I was engrossed from the beginning to the end. One issue I had with the book,it left some things hanging at the end, and I wanted to hear "the rest of the story". If I had not known that Wake was the first part of a trilogy I would have given it 4 star. I could not find the explanation on the Kindle version so I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise it would have been 5.
Sawyer's book "Calculating God" is one of my favorite science fiction of all time. Wake and this series may come in a close second. The story is engrossing, the characters and description of events are amazing. I could "see" every thing in detail. My favorite character is "the web" or "Phantom" and the way Sawyer brought "Phantom" to life. When "Phantom" was first introduced I was not sure where it was going, but it became very clear quickly. There was one point where the ooooxxxx etc. was a little long to listen to. I have a short attention span at times. Reading that part on Kindle I would skim and when listening I would up the speed. I am looking forward to reading more from "Web Mind" aka "Phantom" in books 2 and 3.
I applaud Audible for having multiple narrators preform the narration. This gave each characters it's own personality and made the listening more enjoyable.
On to Watch and Wonder.
II can not say anything more about this book than has already been said in previous reviews. It is definitely "Rifting" and an important piece of work. Fritz Habor and Carl Bosch changed the world forever. For the good, the bad, and even worse. Because of them we skirted one global disaster but their invention and work has created another global disaster. It is now our problem to solve, if it can be solved.
Most of the people in the world are alive today and have plenty to eat because of them. That is the good news. The world has now become over populated It will continue to get worse. There is no turning back the clock nor is there anyway way to change the course we are on. That is the bad news. The Habor/Bosch plants are a major contributor, not only to our population problem, but also the "Global Warming" issue. That is the "worse" news.
Haber and Bosch were geniuses and they both paid the price in their personal, as well as professionals, life's. We have them to thank for our "Horn of Plenty". Unfortunately it was not controlled or managed. I do not think anyone could have had the foresight to imagine where their inventions and work would lead. Even it they did they probably would not have been able to do anything to change where it has lead us.
I want to thank the author for taking the time to do the thorough research it took to write this book. It is a gift to all of us. Also, if it weren't for Audible I do not think I would have known about or bought this book.
This book is one of my favorites so far this year. The story shows the tremendous hardships women experienced when pioneering West. Some crumbled under the pressure. This is a story of what happened to some of them that could not endure and lost their minds. Something I never thought happening or found mentioned in other stories about the West. It really opened my eyes on just how difficult it was to be a woman in the West during that period of history. It is exciting, heartbreaking, and even humorous at times. I was engrossed from beginning to the end.
I read both the positive reviews along with the negative. Some of the negative reviews focused on the stories ending and almost stopped me from buying. When reading reviews I read the good and bad, not so bad, and ugly. Then balance them the best I can, considering my own taste. I decided to purchase this book with the expectation of a poor ending. I became so engrossed in the book by the end I forgot about the negative reviews. The ending had some unexpected surprises but was probably the way things actually would have happened. After thinking back I realized the author gave us a few clues about some of the events at the end. I was completely satisfied.
I found the narration slightly distracting. It was the "sing/song" type and the narrator tried to put more emotion into the reading than is necessary. I got past that by speeding it up, which I do not like to do. In this case it helped. I found this story so good I will go back at listen to this again later this year and try and leave it the on normal speed.
If Norman Rockwell was an author his books for read like this one. The story and narration of this book gave me the same feeling I have when looking at a Norman Rockwell painting. Full of very pleasant emotion and totally engrossing. My eyes do not want to leave a Norman Rockwell painting and I did not want to stop listening to this book.
The story starts in England in the thirties with an "Esquire" who is requested to meet a reclusive man who is content with his life. The Esquire draws a will and trust for him. When the man dies, many years later, the Esquire must then find the beneficiaries. After doing so, the story takes you to Malaysia during WWII and the Japanese occupation. After the war and in the 50s, it goes to the "Outback Country" of Australia, an the life of "Ringers". I learned about life at that period of history in a different part of the world. All the individuals are interesting and truly pleasant. With one not so pleasant individual. The book was just the right length. I felt very satisfied when it finished. Like eating good meal without over eating.
It is an easy book with excellent narration. The narrations is so good I much rather listen to, than read, this book. It will stay with me a long time, As Rockwell's painting do.
The story started off well and caught my interest right from the beginning. Unfortunately that did not last long. I should have returned the book. The story focused so much on drug and alcohol abuse it became boring quickly. I ended up fast forwarding at the speed of 2 and sometimes 2.5 to find out what happened to the painting, which was the only part of the story that was of interest, and turned out to be a very small part. All of the characters were so flawed I could cared less what happened to them, most of all the main character.
Tartt's descriptions of the main character's use of drugs was good, but more information than I was interested in hearing.
The plot would have been much better if Tratt followed the painting rather than main character and his drugged up life and messed up friends.
Pittu narration was good considering the material he was presenting.
What a fascinating way to tell a story of how souls are picked up after the body has died. The spirit of Death follows a girl around in Germany during WW II picking up souls of people that have died around her, starting with her little brother. It is wonderful and thought provoking from beginning to the end.
I have a friend that highly recommended this book. I found it very depressing and sad.
I did not care for any of the characters. They all led very depressing and boring lives.
I only listen to the end trying to find out why my friend enjoy it. I never did
This is a wonderful fantasy and beautiful story. Very well written and narrated. I am looking for to Wecker's next book. I hope it is a continuation of the two main characters in the this book.
I love the story especially the ending. I could relate to all of the characters, having grown up in the time period and in the South. It is totally believable. I loved the ending!
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