Somerset, Kentucky, United States | Member Since 2011
Listening to Alex Rodriguez after 60 Minutes was over last pm made me remember this book all over again. Hubris and arrogance team to ruin a smart, uber talented man. I argued with my running partners for years about Armstrong and doping. This book makes the best case for the same that will ever be made. It is detailed and well told.
Fearsome, and thought provoking, but meandering and unfocused at times. It did, again reveal, just how thin the veneer of civilization truly is, and could be.
Though a bit slow and tedious at times, this is a necessary book ,one that summarizes well the slow, then quickening, then ever more rapid development of the technology that has made instantaneous availability of communication and information something we now all take for granted. I feel that I have a better feel for how all of this miracle occurred. God forbid, now that we are all so dependent, that the lights should ever go out. I feel that for many, it has made the real computer, the human brain, for many, much weaker.
How does this guy do this? I have been reading and listening to these novels for 40 years, some of them for the 2nd time, and remain about their power to enthrall and entertain...Bram Stoker would think so too, I think.
How men continue to be so cruel to other men(and women and children) for no good reason at all remains a mystery to me. Indeed, the veneer of civilization is thin.
I chose to listen to this book to teach me more about Lawrence himself, and to understand better this part of World War I. I am sorry to say that I did not know just how much I didn't know about either. Although the book is excessively long, and probably too detailed, it does what what the author set out to do in my mind...first to paint Lawrence as an extremely bright, iconoclastic human; full of pure intent, but unable to change history as much as he would have liked; and to point out the incredible folly of the Great War, and the mess it left the Middle East in, a mess which is still problematic to this very day.
Dickens best, about unrequited love, deep friendship, and the importance of integrity. Irony abounds, as it always does. Enjoy.
Even when Mr.Sandford is not at his best, he is still pretty damn good. I imagine I will buy the next one too.
Mr. King continues to demonstrate that he can write about anything well. For all of the things that I have come to appreciate over the years about his storytelling is his persistent way of making heroes, or heroines, of the most unlikely characters. Horror, mystery, crime novels....it does not seem to matter. He knows, and understand the human heart, and the consistent struggle of good versus evil. Read, or listen. You will not be disappointed.
Historical fiction in a way that is well written and entertaining. Sometimes race relations and their ongoing difficulties become clearer historical context. It is present here, as is America entering the world stage in full force.
I have read much of John Sandford, and Lucas Davenport, but there is something about listening to the story that makes it much more vivid. I love Lucas, and Weather, and this was one of my favorite Prey books. No question that the earlier books are more vicious than the later titles in the series.
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