My favorite books usually have a medical twist, and I own a full shelve of plague books... but unlike most readers on Audible I didn't really care for this one. The reader repeatedly slaughtered pronunciations and so much drama in his voice. Then the writer seemed intent on showing you the most possible gore from a breakout. Then lots of buildup.... wait for it, wait for it.... a possible exposure of a main character... that doesn't happen. Then he dumps that breakout with no review to numbers involved and how it was stopped and fast forwards into the next near exposure and after that great build up.... nothing happens. To be honest I don't regret reading "The Hot Zone," there was some very interesting information... it just could have been presented so much better.
What an interesting and clear overview of aging and end of life issues. Gawande covers the process of aging and end of life, what fragile elderly means, history and trends of their care, how other cultures do it, case studies, his own choices with his father and... the best discussion of these issues I have ever read. My MD son enjoyed the information as well.
Rather than provide what he thinks is the "right" way to face EOL issues, Gawande gives us questions to ask the individual to help them determine their "right" way. He encourages us to have the hard conversations in advance so that an individual's wishes can be respected. Excellent book for healthcare personnel, families and aging adults.
I adored "One doctor" by Brendan Reilly and some of the content is similar... even if you have read Reilly, I still feel this book is well worth reading.
I agree with one reviewer, if you can get past the first over the top conspiracy part it does improve. The authors views and mine are way different, but I found some of his premises worth the listen. He uses quotes at the beginning of each chapter, often from the Bible or political leaders... some were actually quite good thoughts, but it did chop up the flow of the novel.
Like Glen Tate, Mark Goodwin is also a conservative, Christian prepper podcaster with a following. I am not really finding planted reviews here, except perhaps from the Glen Tate followers bad mouthing it. This book is much more readable (not literature but OK for prepper book). The purpose of this first book seems to parallel what the 1st book of 299 Days attempted to do. There is no actual crisis in this book... just the set up for it, introduction of the main characters situations and some gold/gun/food buying. Language is clean, no violence in this part...
There is enough potential here that I will purchase the next book when it comes out supposedly this spring and give it a chance, although it feels like this might be another ongoing segmented series like A. American's "Going Home."
I guess I am old fashioned, but I still love books like "Alas Babylon," "One Second After," "Jakarta Pandemic," "5 Days at Memorial," "77 Days," "Equipping Modern Patriots," "The Road,'" "The Postman," "Cyberstorm," and even "Swan Song" or "Disaster Diaries..." EOTWAWKI books that are complete in one reading.
I love Nevil Shute! I so enjoyed "A Town Like Alice" and "Trustee from the Toolroom," but I think in its own understated way I like this little gem even better. Like "Trustee.." the hero is a gentle, older man who steps up to do what needs done. Set in the early stages of the French occupation during WWII, it opened that history to me in a way I had never understood. It is not woven or thrilling like "Code Name Verity," more along the lines of "Major Pettigrews Last Stand" if set during the war with a goal of great importance. I have already recommended to several friends and will read again.
Thought I would really enjoy this based on the reviews, ratings and topic... not so. The writing was just so poorly done, I couldn't enjoy the story. As always, I tried hard to push though this book so I don't rank something down that gets better... I'm only an hour from the end, and just can't handle the cheese anymore... I give up. Any of the "Call the Midwife" or "James Herriot" books will bring tons more satisfaction. Lots of colorful Irish jargon is the best I can say for it... but way too much profanity for target audience.
I stumbled onto "The Elephant Whisperer," Lawrence Anthony's first book on an Audible special... and loved it. Snatched this up the instant I knew it was available and couldn't put it down. Although not quite as well written as "The Elephant Whisperer," this stand alone book follows Lawrence's experiences holding the Baghdad Zoo together with string and "whatever it takes." Baghdad during the early days post occupation by coalition troops was a dangerous place... with shooting, looting and unexploded ordinance all around. The zoo had been at the center of the fight and was devastated. The stories he shares made me laugh, cringe and applaud his determination, as he fought to get a permit to enter, was the first civilian to do so and then began by hauling water. There wouldn't have been an animal alive without his intervention.
Lawrence is a conservationist who created the Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. Simon Vance did a terrific job with the narration. Great read.
I liked this book when I read it, not so sure about listening to it though. The book itself would appeal to the 9-13 year old female reader who dreams of being a princess... and is mellow enough to really listen to the acted out reading and musical interludes... it's a little slow. The messages of self empowerment, accepting your own differences, thoughts that govern behavior, family dynamics and being a friend to everyone are well done. I liked it better in book form though.
Picked this up on a daily special, thinking to share with my grandmother as we had run out of Mrs Pollifax stories. My grandmother enjoyed, but I could hardly keep listening. The series is churned out by Donald Bain at the rate of 2 a year so there are a lot of "Murder She Wrote" books. The actual plot was similar to an extended Murder She Wrote episode... clean, cozy and through Jessica Fletcher's eyes.
Angela Lansbury's picture appears on the cover... but, she is not the narrator. Cynthia does an over the top impression of Angela Lansbury's voice and your mind is constantly getting jarred out of the story by the narration. I think I would have enjoyed a completely different voice rather than a phony Angela.
Not going to pick up any more of these... even on sale.
I followed the trapped Chilean miners on the news during their entrapment and remember fearing the mine would be sealed, as one had recently been in Mexico. I also remember the joy and excitement as they all, unbelievably, came out alive months later. I looked for interviews of what happened on the news and they didn't come. When NPR recommended this book last week I was listening hours later.
The miners agreed before coming out that none of them would relate what had happened, thus making the story more valuable and all would profit together... rather than one or two individuals profiting from what happened. It was a wise choice, however, it probably caused the weakness in the book.
Hector has done a fine job meshing the experiences, thoughts and events that were experienced by 33 miners, their families, mine management and rescue workers... much like a historical documentary. It is readable, interesting and I am glad I listened, but you are always at an arms length from what is happening and hear many different views of the same event. I didn't bond to any of the miners and not being Hispanic... the names were unfamiliar and it took a good while to keep their stories straight. I personally would have enjoyed it more if told through the eyes of one miner and one of his family members on the topside.
The dynamics of 33 men trapped together, the utter failure of mine management, the politics of rescue, the details of sustaining them once found, the complications of the family camp and the chaos of freedom was interesting and I even learned about the country of Chile.
The credit wasn't wasted and I think book clubs would enjoy discussing it... but, it won't be one I go back and read again.
William R, Forstchen wrote "One Second After," one of my favorite "awareness" books... it strongly affected me and many others. The cover and title of "Day of Wrath" kinda turned me off and I really didn't want to spend a credit for a 4 hour book... but I bought it anyway. I read it a week ago and needed that long to be able to write about it... didn't sleep well the night after I read it... and still pondering it.
It is timely, believable, horrifying and I want to send a copy to not just mine, but every senator and congressman. Forstchen said he didn't want to write it, that it was the hardest thing he has ever been challenged to write... but he felt obligated to open our eyes to the risks we face from foreign terrorists.
Not an entertaining read, rather a difficult "awareness" read. Oh my goodness...
Don't start here, go back to "Going Home" and start at the beginning... fortunately the author doesn't go back and rehash all the back stories, so the book will mean more if read in order. This book does have a natural ending spot, so you won't be forced into reading book 6... if you don't want to continue. I have ranked all the other books in the series a 4. This one didn't quite tip into it for me... I still care for the family and what is happening, and I will probably pre-order the next book again. Just didn't feel like I learned as much this time... or that the story progressed as far... If you have been reading the series and unsure if you want to go on... the last book was a better ending point.
Highlights of this book include fighting a forest fire, barter and the intrusion of families displaced by the fire and looking for a new place.
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