David Attenborough's Life Stories are just wonderful! He starts his book stating he would like to be a sloth and continues throughout with educated, witty stories. The first time I attempted to listen I could not get through this book, it is not difficult but there are times when a picture would be nice. I had to get to the point in my listening skills where I can imagine what he is saying. At the end he discusses the hobby of collecting and how collecting has changed over the years. Electronic developments, (i.e. emails effect on stamp collecting), internet and books and enviormental controls and concerns have altered many traditional types of collecting. He mentions the advancements in photography and how the camera is the hope and advancement of todays collectors. I loved this short listen and plan to store it on my Kindle so I can listen over and over.
For me, The Grey Man ended with unanswered questions so I went right into Book II. In this bigger than life adventure Court Gentry ends up as part of a team with the nickname Six. I think my favorite part of this book was his interaction with his team and his going from being a one man show to part of the team and not being the leader.
This is another of the bigger than life adventure stories. It is an entertaining and easy listen. Also there is enough doubt to see how it will all end. Jay Snyder does a good job.
This was not my favorite Pendergast novel but I am glad I listened to it! Pendergast still is recovering from Book 12 and it seems that the length of his recovery process is pushing him to give it up. Corrie snaps him out of his lethargy and at the same time makes the listener want to snap her out of rationalizing consistently bad and stupid decisions. I especially loved Pendergast's reaction when he meets a woman who truly has the courage of her convictions. Rene Auberjonois is outstanding, one of my favorites.
What I like about this book is it has it all - in just the right proportions. It is a love story but not with gushy make you squirm excessive details, it has unanswered questions about what happened which are explained but not in graphic, unsettling and upsetting horrors of war details. It even explains what a Potato Peel Pie is and how to make it! The character development is realistic, sometimes surprising and creates people you would like to know. Most of all I loved the healing of these people as they adjust to life after living on a German occupied island during World War II. Delightful!
This story is told and retold slightly different while strongly the same. In spite of the multiple characters, Ms Catton's descriptions create clear distinctions avoiding confusion over who is who. The book is very different thanks to the distinctive writing style. Be warned: if you decide to listen to this book - it is very long and repetitive but there is no way it could be any different. I thought I was at the end only to realize that was not the case. I understand the story, the plot, the character and the achievement of the complex writing but I do not understand the end. So the wheel goes around again?
So...for 8 delightful hours Billy Crystal spent quality time with just me! Oh, were other people listening? He is funny, he is tender, he is dear. This book is perfect.
What would of happened if Ken Perenyl had channeled his talent into producing his own art? If he had taken this much time and study to perfect his own style? It was sad to listen to him brag about the price of one of his forgeries to hear about it 'melting' during cleaning as the forgery is discovered without a twinge of consciousness. I had to listen to it as a story rather that non-fiction - his life, his work and his attitude are unbelievable.
It is not Amelia's style of mothering that I admire but her acceptance of how she sees her role as Ramsey's mother, Amelia is just herself. Her interactions with others, even the cat, seem natural and believable. This is such a great series!
These books are wonderful! Everything about them is good: story, narration and especially writing style. Amelia Peabody? what a fantastic name and it sets the tone for the series so far. This is a great listen, cannot recommend it highly enough
Reacher has been such a great series, but I think the plots, action and women are wearing thin for me. That isn't to say I won't be ready for the next one when it comes out but for right now I am glad the series is out of unheard books.
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