There was a lot of helpful information about dog behavior. However, I felt they over-stated the potential liabilities of adopting an adult mixed-breed dog, say from a shelter. They seemed to suggest that you'd be better off purchasing a pure bred puppy from a breeder. Puppies come with their own set of liabilities, which I felt they understated.
I was asked to read this as part of a women's conference being held internally at my organization. It would be impolitic to decline so I will be going. My concern with this conference, which will include senior leadership, is that I'll have access to resources that others (men) within my organization won't. Of course I want networking opportunities, but I work with both women AND men, so I'd like to network with both sexes. But, I've digressed. I was suspicious of the book, and wasn't encouraged when she started out talking about special parking for pregnant women.
I was pleasantly surprised by most of the book. There is a lot of helpful information in there for both men and women. It made me think, and sometimes I got angry. I don't have children, and, frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being expected to pick up the slack left by those who take extended maternity leave. I have a coworker who had 5 children in 7 years (two pregnancies were twins), when she was on maternity leave and after since she was nursing, her travel responsibilities were handed over to me. I budget for my travel (I have to make pet sitting arrangements), but adding hers on top of mine meant another $150-$250 dollars per month out of my pocket. Not to mention having to take over her client load and all the extra work that entails. I was never even thanked - and certainly not reimbursed for my added expenses.
I don't think she should lose her job or be penalized. But, there is no recognition that those w/o children pick up the slack. For about 2 years in my office, only two people were even able to travel because the others all had young children and it would've been 'too big a burden for them'. The book made only a slight reference to women without children and how they feel like their free time is less valuable. Even that example was for a woman who wanted the opportunity to go to parties to meet a man with whom to have children. I will never have children. I just think that my personal time is as valuable as the next woman's regardless of whether I want to go watch my kid's soccer game or watch reruns of Seinfeld. People w/o out children are asked to do to things at work that those with children would never be asked to do because our free time is somehow viewed as less important.
The book makes some great observations and suggestions, many of which I'll employ. But, she does seem out of touch with reality. She takes great pains to say that she realizes she has more resources than many women out there. I just keep thinking how she notes one compromise with her husband meant her husband moving the headquarters of his new company from southern California to northern California. I bet those whose jobs moved didn't feel that was a big win for them.
Interesting story line. I found a couple of things bothersome. Evelyn has a gigantic chip on her shoulder, and it's not flattering. Some people use these 'chips' to their advantage as motivators. She's constantly complaining that others don't or won't give her a fair shake because of her sex, race, physical size,etc. At times she feels very sorry for herself because of her mother's bad parenting and boyfriends. I enjoy books with strong female protagonists, but not whiny ones.
However, when she's not whining, I find her interesting. I will give the second book a try.
I got almost 7 hours into this book. I was really into the story about murder for hire. Then the animal experimentation began.
I'm going to ask for a refund.
Dick Hill was awesome as usual.
Transnational capitalism is a phrase I picked up from the book. It is well-researched and the narrator is just fine. What is upsetting to me is that so much of our foreign policy and history over the last half century or more is because 2 terribly self-righteous men who sought to protect their own and their clients' wealth led us into calamitous events of epic proportion. I understand that there was hysteria about communism that now seems unwarranted with 20/20 hindsight. But, they dabbled in the affairs of other countries for sport. We are paying the price now.
This is a great book. Very funny, but very depressing. Mark Leibovich is hysterical, but the underside of media coverage of politics...and worse, the revolving door among government, media, lobbying, government, media, private industry, etc made me concerned for the survival of our republic. Who's in charge, and who's paying attention? Apparently, I haven't been. I look at a lot of our media outlets differently now. Whose interest do they serve? More importantly, whose interest do our elected officials serve?
Ok. Interesting premise - enough to keep me listening to the end. I love mystery/thrillers, and accept that authors have to imbue their protagonists with sometimes exceptional abilities. Even with that allowance, Reacher's powers of deduction are a little over the over the top. The cops down in Georgia were all either stupid or corrupt - unfair stereotyping. I felt it was a cheap shot. The only smart one was a transplant from the Northeast, but even he was a little slow on the uptake. If it weren't for Reacher, those bumpkins would still be down there twiddling their thumbs wondering what the heck happened. That nearly every sentence uttered was capped off with a rhetorical 'right?' drove me to distraction. Dick Hill was awesome, as usual. I don't think I'll be listening to another Reacher novel even if Dick Hill narrates.
This was a fantastic Alan Gregory story. The best I've read. It starts with something new (or at least something I don't recall from previous books) about the past involving Sam and Alan. A crime from a few years ago. Just when things seem to be going so well for Alan and Lauren and their two kids. The different threads of the crime, Diane & Raul, Alan's new clients, and Lauren's involvement really came together in a way I simply couldn't predict. Fantastic. I'm interested to see what happens in the future. Has Sam crossed a dangerous line for a police detective? What does the future hold for the Gregory family? What about the two guys in prison? Are they a future threat for Alan and Sam? I can't wait for the next one.
Sure. There was a good balance of plot and character development. Like Red Mist, this story was closer to the early Scarpetta books. Lucy and Marino are maturing, and Scarpetta has left her paranoid period behind.
Yes it did keep me on the edge of my seat. When Benton mentioned the killer was targeting women who reminded him of an older, strong woman from his life, I was sure I knew who the killer was. And I was wrong.
I'm not sure what other reviewers were unhappy about, but to me Kate Reading is Scarpetta.
It won't be shocking to anyone that Big Pharma isn't well behaved. But, just how far they'll go for money was eye-opening to me.
Noting all the medications Duxberry was on at the end of the story.
Without the drug reps, the story couldn't have been told, but I couldn't feel too sorry for them. They became drug sales reps to make lots of money. Their whistleblower suit wasn't about doing the right thing. They weren't suddenly concerned to learn that peoples' health and lives could be affected by the medication they were pushing. They wanted their money.
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