It's got everything, well almost.
It's got time travel. It's got aliens. It's got violence. It's got genocide. It's got sex. It's got corruption, It's got a protagonist but it DOESN'T have a hero.
I'll be listening to this again, for sure.
Much less fast-food.
I don't particularly have a most memorable moment in the book but when I realized, while painstakingly bookmarking each location (107 so far) I wanted to revisit, that I was becoming a very good cook. At least in comparison to what I was before and even better than my wife.
The recipes and/or references to ingredients are very hard to follow when they are being read so fast. This is one of the reasons for my more than 100 bookmarks. On top of that, I slowed the audio down to 1/2 speed when going over recipes and/or cooking instructions.
Her stories were interesting however as I said before, this was more of a self-help book and the emotion accumulated slowly, as I learned to become a better cook and really understand what I was doing, not simply following someone's written instructions.
I have since began to make dishes of my own accord, without recipes, which before was all but impossible except for the simplest of dishes.
There is a down side to reading and putting these lessons into practice. Meals that are eaten at a restaurant are scrutinized much more. They often seem bland and I''m second guessing the cook or even the chef in some cases.
I understand food MUCH MORE than I ever have in my life. I know that on average about 75% of the sodium that I eat comes from processed (packaged) foods. All the credit doesn't go to Kathleen Flinn however because I also recently read "The body fat solution" by Tom Venuto. It's not a cookbook so there isn't a comparison here.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever walked into the kitchen and felt challenged to cook a good meal, anyone that has children, that cares about their body condition and health and anyone that isn't rich enough, or lucky enough, to have someone else prepare your meals for you.
...bring back the men and women of such character. This story might as well have been written about a world of pure fantasy or written of a world in a distant galaxy. Where are the people of this character today? While at times the formalities seem stiff and nonsensical, to a man of the 21st century anyway, the level of respect to oneself and to others is astonishing.I sometimes, more than I would care to admit, imagine what life would be like if I lived in a time and place where character and self-worth, without the title and birthright of this story, were commonplace. BTW, America is the closest any peoples have come to realizing my dream. This was a first read (listen) for me but won't be the last. The life lessons available in this story are numerous and very well laid out. Could our children of today (America) even understand the lessons and experiences? Doubtful. When stealing from large and small retail chain stores is seen as harmless because "they can afford it", you began to lose hope.
Edmond Dantes was my favorite, typical right?First because he was the wronged innocent, then because I sympathized with his desire for vengeance, then I cringed from his heartlessness and then to admiration for his selflessness.
Not exactly my favorite but the most important in my eyes. The time that Edmond Dantes and Abbe Faria spent in prison together. How close they became and all that the Abbe shared with Edmond. Edmond could have used his knowledge and newly found wealth for great evil. Actually, an argument can be made that he did commit evil on multiple occasions, disguised in the cloak of providence.
Not an emotional reaction more of a visceral one. Over and over I thought, "how far civilization has fallen, all the while making fantastic technological and medical strides forward."
A simple wish. I wish I could get my son and daughters to read this, but I fear it is hopeless.
I'm almost halfway through but since I'm not going to finish here's a quick review. It doesn't make sense. With the kind of man the government assassin is supposed to be, someone that avoids personal/emotional involvement, he goes out of his way the entire time, for this 14 year old girl (up to chapter 46 anyway). High tech spy devices used to track a kid? Treating the kid as if she's an adult, most of the time. The FBI agents have corny sophomoric dialog. Lots of the dialog seems rushed. I mean, as if to abbreviate some how. You could imagine this being an abridged version.
More interesting supporting character(s). This is my first David Baldacci book and I like several things about the protagonist but it's like he's trying to be two different people.
Ron McLarty was really good but not great. He was FANTASTIC in Salem's Lot. Orlagh Cassidy sounds as if much or all of these recordings were done apart from the other reader and then the dialog was spliced together. Often times the tones and inflection, that you expect, isn't there.
No. I didn't make it past chapter 46.
Yes. I enjoyed the story but there are way too many unanswered questions. At least things I'm naturally curious about. The ships that first appear in the skies, looking for commanders, so little is known about them even after completing the entire book. The regeneration process, after nano organisms are introduced into the body, takes how long for an arm or eye or foot?
Why was no one attempting to intercept communication transmissions of the enemy?
A ground war were the enemy has ZERO flying aircraft and only ONE friendly space craft is used for supporting ground troops?!
Destroyed alien technology would have been used to find vulnerabilities and advance Earth's military's ability to wage war.
My first listen to a BV Larson book.
Good performance by the reader Mark Boyett.
Yes, to write this review.
I don't own and didn't read the print version but I have listened to this book 4-5 times and enjoyed every minute.
Impossible for me to pick one moment as my favorite.
The characters come alive. They are like real people. I believe I can see their personalities even better with the inflections, accents, stutters, laughs, cries and cheers. I think I can even smell Flea Bottom from here.
YES, YES, YES!
If this book were a woman I would marry it, and I'm already married.
Only 52 minutes left and I'm finding it hard to finish. I went through The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (57 hours) in less than a week but this 10 1/2 hour book just doesn't do it.
Excellent (fictional) story with a boat load of facts on global warming/climate change.
This is one of the best books I've read in years. It seems like every generation believes that they are living in the darkest days. Of course this is completely untrue. It doesn't take much effort to look back into history to find times that would seem unbearable when compared to today's troubles. With that said, there does seems to be a different breed of man, today, compared with what we remember and/or experienced in our lives. While I have much faith in the individual, I don't have any faith in mankind. This book introduces us to the cruelties and evils that mankind can give birth to.
It's clear these types of people exist today and their numbers will only continue to multiply. At some point society as we know it ceases to exist and a new and different arises. Is that how societies fall? I don't know but it makes wonder.
PS: The reader is fantastic. Where is the sequel or prequel?
I loved this book.
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