Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I knew so little about Nelson Mandela, it seemed only right to read his autobiography at the time of his death. The book is not a polished literary masterpiece and there are sections where you can space out as lists, abbreviations, repeated thoughts and the machinations of politics mire the story... a good edit would help. There is very little about his childhood, not much of anchoring South African history and it was written prior to his presidency... so left me wanting a more, as well as a little less. That said, it was a fascinating read and I enjoyed stepping into his mind and prison cell. He is very frank, admitting his own errors and those of his people, along with the many offenses of the apartheid government. Well worth the credit and time for me to better understand the South African fight for freedom though his eyes and experiences..
There are lots of books coming out in this genre lately and quite a few haven't been worth the time to listen... This one although the writing style isn't the best... was well worth my time and $. It follows a family who is scattered around the country, but has a prepper dad who they all thought was crazy.
There are some very creative and new to me solutions for EOTWAWKI problems. There is a lot of teaching from father to children, allowing us to learn his prepper ideas, theories and beliefs while reading. This is not a classic everyone would love to read like "Alas Babylon" or "One Second After." It doesn't include model numbers like the "Patriots" series. Those living in Texas would particularly like this book. There are no zombies or science fiction. Lots of violence, clean language, nice Christian family making hard choices... it got better as went along. A few hard to believe passages...
It is a part of a series, but this is stand alone if desired. The second book presents entirely different ideas and theories for a son traveling cross country alone. It was also well worth the read. At this writing the 3rd isn't out yet or I would be reading it now. Narrator was irritating at first with multiple accents really grating on my nerves, but he seemed to relax or do better as the book progressed... at least I didn't notice as much. I will probably read again.
It took me a while to get hooked into this book... perhaps because the many interesting accounts from all over the world seemed tangential and I had trouble figuring out what exactly I was suppose to be learning. After a bit, I was enjoying the wide ranging accounts so much... I didn't care about the message anymore.
The book presents numerous problems going on in the world... the intervention being made... what happened & why it succeeded, failed or made things worse. How does receiving effect the receiver? I honestly was surprised by the politics, marketing, psychology and complexities of funding, giving and making what you give count. Also how difficult it is to decide if what you have given is being used wisely. It is not always what you expect.
Many of the accounts show how just a "little bit of hope" changes lives, how one person can make a major difference in the life of others. It also explores the "giver" what happens when they give, the chemistry and psychology involved. Why we choose to give or not... and to whom. I loved the empowerment and joy obtained by a group of school children in Uganda who to donated $ to a charity in the US.
In the end, the stories are tied together and we are urged to help transform lives and create opportunity... but by then you have been free to draw your own conclusions. Mine didn't always match the authors, but the process was still stimulating. The narration is good, was well worth the credit and my time to read.
Beautiful writing, beautiful narration and beautiful story. It made me want to go to the Thula Thula Game Preserve in Zululand, South Africa and pay homage. Both young and old will enjoy watching as Lawrence forms friendship bonds with a breeding herd of creative, determined and traumatized wild elephants... and then learns to "hear" and understand them. Got loads of yard work done... cause I didn't want to stop listening. Already added "The Last Rhinos" to my wish list. I want more :).
I read this ALA notable book when it first came out and loved it. The story starts shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and opens the life of a young Japanese American, Tomikazu and his family living near the harbor. After you "see" his normal life with racing pigeons, baseball, school, deep sea fishing, friends & family... the bombs fall and we then watch as his family is torn apart and he steps up to help. Covering material similar to "The Corner of Bitter & Sweet" and "Tallgrass," this is aimed for a younger audience... I'd guess 6th to 9th grade.
The book opens slowly and the narrator has a slow "Hawaiian" pace... I was antsy at first, but after the bombs fall and the plot picked up I didn't notice it as much. I'd be tempted to increase the speed if I read again. This would be a good book to listen to with a child... opening topics for discussion like history, war, loss, discrimination, patriotism, fear, courage, change and bullies. These kinda hard topics aren't as much fun as some fiction but still needed for a well rounded education. Older teens/adults would enjoy "Tallgrass."
I've a few habits I want to go away and a few that I'd like to add. This book held my attention nicely, helped me understand a few things I didn't and gave me a kick in the right direction. It feels like it is well researched, the voice engaging and some interesting supportive examples. It feels like attending a 200 level psychology college class with a good professor. I got it on sale and it was well worth the few bucks I spent.
Way too violent for my tastes, but plot had me tightly held before it hit, and I did finish it late into the night. I quite enjoyed the story, although it was improbable and I consciously had to accept the over the top premise and... Language is clean, no sexual messiness, writing skills decent. Nice family guy with PTSD versus the Russian mafia to protect his family. Scott Brick always does a great job on narration. My husband would love this... me... way too many images I really hope I will forget.
You know her inside and out... this nameless opposite of Rebecca. Although considered a suspenseful gothic book, I found it a highly readable character study. This 1938 classic "a study of jealousy" was well worth the listen if just to enjoy the symbolic foreshadowing... I actually want to listen again to catch all the nuances. You are going to spend a lot of time in "her" mind evaluating what others are saying, doing and thinking... it may be very, very boring for some... but kept me listening and thinking. I liked the reader, a few tiny glitches, not really worth fussing about.
I have search for this book on Audible regularly, hoping it would eventually appear - oh my goodness, it was well worth the wait! The book is the much beloved, Pulitzer Prize winning classic we all met in school.
The only question left is "how is the narration?"
The answer: Sissy Spacek does as good as I have heard or better!
Wish I could give this book a 10 star rating.
Not really sure what Bill Quick intended to say in his painful, over-reaching 18 hour novel, which will require an equally long follow-up novel to tie up the loose ends. The message I got was he thinks Hillary Clinton is an idiot and would be a bad president. The EMP over California and nuclear bomb in New Orleans, politics in Washington, race riots, news blackouts, confiscating gold, new currency, no food, invading Mexican troops, Chinese plots and Islamic militants are just the tip of the iceberg. He jumps from character to character, location to location in a way that kept me from bonding with anyone... he also has multiple shady characters which use a great deal of profanity and share liberally their bigotry. If I was a Woman, Black, Hispanic, Democrat, Mormon, Politician, Serviceman... pretty much anyone... I would be offended by this book. The main characters which are the few positively portrayed include a gay male prepper, a teenage genius, a Tea Party and Republican secret group with plot to overthrow president and the inventor of solar panel paint. I am just grateful its over and have no desire to find out what happens.
Was glad I went ahead and picked up book #4 in this series, it nicely wound up all the dangling story lines from books 2 and 3... it wasn't a never-ending series after all. Just know you can stop listening after book 1... but if you choose to read 2 you won't have a stopping point until the end of this book. A. American may continue with another book... there is still room in the plot and cast of characters, but the series can be complete here. This is not a series book you can read out of order... it wouldn't make sense at all if you hadn't read the other 3 first.
Writing skills remain pretty basic and there are more than a few flaws an editor should have caught and cleaned up. However, I like this series and was pleased to be back with the family and friends scattered between the "refugee camp," Sarge's military group and the camp along the river as they harvest food from nature. Occasional strong language and violence... but as always the main characters are the good guys. He lightly covers issues such as sanitation (what happens with no TP and how to make soap), alternate food sources (including how to skin a squirrel), depression post event and formation of extended groups for mutual benefit. If you liked the first one, you will like this one.
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