4.5 out of 5 stars
The thread of humanity intertwined throughout the story
When the Golem was debating self destruction related to her nature that may kill.
Helene Wecker writes beautifully in telling this fantastic adventure involving the magic of a Shaman and the existence of fantasy creatures, like the Jinni and Jinnia. The Jinni is composed of fire while the Shaman's creation, the Golem, is made of clay. The qualities these two possess make for a wonderful story as their paths cross in the midst of humanity.
The Golem is the most far-fetched and intriguing character throughout the entire fantasy. Imbued with the ability to perceive the desires and needs of all around her without ever experiencing life, this character also has a superior memory, strength, and can assimilate events, cross-reference, and relate to any situation so she can cope adequately without revealing her true nature. This ability to learn without much of a data base from which to draw, requires someone or some thing to understand and guide her.
An enjoyable, informative perspective about America and how it is changing within our lifetime. Laura Ingraham is a Conservative Christian who views the changes as red flags in the areas of family and faith. Power to the People also warns her audience about the loss of people's power that trends toward a loss of liberty, the quality that defines America. Laura's strong Christian faith is evident as she tells about its emergence during trying times in her life, the death of her mother and Laura's bout with cancer. She concludes that the people's power is not "of" the people but "to" the people, suggesting it is given by the grace of the only power, God.
Laura Ingraham, because this is her perspective, an educated opinion, that is closer to the Truth than not.
Her honesty and eloquence in sharing the Truth and her understanding that God is what make us great as a people and a country who praise God through our love of freedom and liberty.
Laura's advice to young girls and knowledge of the pressure that society places upon them.
Laura's expertise on the government bureaucracy and the history of the United States allows her to share her views on the political trends that seem to be destroying America, today. The trend toward big government and Socialism rob Americans of freedom and liberty, the gifts God intends for us. This corresponds to restrictions that regulate God out of government which corresponds to less God in people. The minority, Atheists, are determining policy for the majority.
Catapult back in time to Nazi Germany and experience life through Death's eyes and how a little girl copes through it all. The writing is superb. The narration is wonderful. Enjoy how durable the human spirit is in the face of death at any moment. Discover how words become soothing comfort for the soul. The Book Thief takes one through a grievous time of antisemitism, hate, and despair when families are torn apart and possessions are scarce. Through it all, a young girl is saved by her compulsion for books which starts before she knows how to read. The relationships she shares are deep and profound. She becomes orphaned early in the story and her foster parents provide for her bodily needs while her books take care of her spiritual needs. The reader cannot help but feel each genuine bond she forms as she establishes a new life. Loss is not done with her, however, and new growth occurs out of its reemergence. Miraculously, reading saves her life more than once in this incredible story which she eventually writes.
When Liesel Meminger survives a bombing episode because she was reading in the basement. No one in her neighborhood survives.
Death's description of collecting souls from those who chose death over surviving in fear.
Reading is a conduit to the soul.
They have made a movie about this book and I shall watch it when it arrives from Netflix in the next couple of days. I've seen the trailer and behind the scenes; it looks great. The movie, most often, doesn't live up to the book. It's nice when they both share their charm. The book is usually more comprehensive and the characters are understood because of the written word. Death as a narrator should fill in a lot of what would, otherwise, be missed in a movie.
Intriguing, interesting, unpredictable.
Always the conclusions reached from the observations made to details.
Each character portrayed professionally, unique to each role.
Laugh at times.
What a pleasant book/audiobook to experience. I listened to the audio version that was like listening to the Radio during its heyday. The actors superb performances show the story so vividly. The interjection of a character's dialogue with another's, interruptions in speech, is so realistic; it displays the great talent of Arthur Conan Doyle.
The uncanny deductive reasoning, Sherlock Holmes wraps up each case in a neat, clever, conclusion that astounds and entertains the reader. I am taken to each environment by the articulate narration which is only used to describe a change in location, a significant object, and/or buildings in a scene. The story unfolds with clarity and vision through the characters' words and voice inflections.
Both have their advantages. The print copy is always available as an easier reference to use. The audio may be enjoyed using different brain centers that relax the eyes. Audio is accessible while driving at the same time, but I listened to it on my PC while relaxing in my chair or lying in my bed.
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! by Andrew Breitbart. Both books point out past and present events to make the argument for a more Conservative/Libertarian solution to America's problems.
The inspiration behind the Far Left compared to those who inspire the Right.
More than a moment, the running theme throughout the book; no matter how bad government becomes, there is always hope in the people to rise to the task, as our forefathers did, of applying the principles and morals necessary to withstand the onslaught against the United States Constitution.
Dennis Prager captures the truth about what sets the USA apart from the world. He uses three parts to explain historical and contemporary aspects of America's uniqueness. The fundamental change occurring today in the USA is the impetus for the author to write this book.
America is experiencing efforts to change this country into something as radical as a Muslim nation run by Islamists or a Socialist satellite of Europe, which has the threat of becoming a Muslim Caliphate.
The Hope in this book resides in the people who demonstrate their love of Liberty, with its concept of free enterprise, and belief in a Supreme Being whose Providence protects the worthy. The invading alternatives Prager describes as a cancer that the rest of the world proves to be an undesirable existence and destroys the magnificence that America's founding fathers designed for us to inherit and maintain.
Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph is a wake-up call for those who know better but remain silent or inactive in America's restoration, not its demolition. This book is also an education for those who are indoctrinated into false histories and manipulated tendencies that favor Socialism over Liberty. This book ends by pointing out that Liberty, as experienced in the USA, can be applied to the rest of the world without any country losing its identity. The goal is to experience what makes America great, not make another America.
Yes, although, it is a review of much of what I've learned already, the crucial moments that could make or break a revolution are worth hearing again and again. General George Washington's history is surely providential.
Washington turning his horse around to speak to deserting and/or retiring soldiers who were not paid, many were shoeless, most filled with despair. His speech motivated their souls pointing out how their legacy will build a righteous nation upon the cornerstone of their brave, noble efforts. Braveheart must have been inspired by such belief in freedom and liberty as Washington eloquently professed that day.
Liked the narration by the author very much.
Washington's decision to move on Trenton when the British least expected it.
1776, in the colonies of the New World, David McCullough sets the stage for his expert, historical account of events that start in Boston, MA, and end in Trenton, NJ. The author is also the narrator of this audiobook edition making the experience authentic and intriguing. McCullough transports the reader back to the days of thick forests and severe weather, elements George Washington and his men persevere to make the eventual United States of America the most exceptional country in the world. This book really centers around George Washington and his ability to inspire men in the throes of defeat and despair.
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