I was really impressed with Ann Patchett's story of her marriage to her doctor husband. There was honesty and high regard for each other. I recommend this brief recorded gift from Audible.
True stories are always interesting to me. This was no exception. The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett and two others while on an exploration expedition of the Amazon in the 1920's in well known. This author gives us a good back story on the man and his motives for risking his life and fortunes and those of his oldest son and the son's best friend.
I heard a review of this book on NPR. The book reminded me of another I listened to recently, "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens, in which a young woman is held in captivity for a year. It also featured an ax.
I think the conversations among the minor characters were far too long.
I suppose a movie version could be a "thriller" by creative use of scary music but I did not think this book was a thriller.
It was a good story that was well told.
Lots of valuable tips for the new millennium given in a straightforward manner. Definitely worth the listen. It is a reference book to hang onto.
I have listened to this book over and over since my husband's death two months ago. I keep it on my phone to call up at any time, while driving or startled awake at 4 AM. It gives me peace whenever I am feeling overcome with grief, which is most of the time. So much of Lewis' raw emotion at the loss of his beloved wife is exactly what I may be feeling at a particular moment. Unlike many of his books for adults, Lewis is not cerebral in this long essay on grief. He is a husband who misses his wife terribly, is profoundly sad at her death and questions his long-held beliefs in a loving God.
A Grief Observed has helped me stay sane. It helps me to get out of bed in the morning. It helps me to understand that I am not crazy. And it gives me hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen somewhat.
The author's reading of the book added greatly to the enjoyment of it. His pronunciation of the names of individuals and the many places in the book is wonderful. He points out factual errors in Mr. Obama's memoir, "Dreams from my Father", but makes it clear that the purpose of the book is not to debunk that prior book. He very carefully explains why it is impossible that the president was born anywhere but in Hawaii. He talks very honestly about Obama, Sr. and his personality flaws and failings. He describes in great detail Obama's three years at a Catholic school in Jakarta, his time in high school in Hawaii as part of a weed club and the state champs basketball team, his two years at Occidental College, his two years at Columbia and his three years working in Chicago before law school. And then the book ends with a simple chronology of highlights of the years to come. There is nothing about Obama's various campaigns or his presidency.
This was a very gentle book with an underlying sadness over the choices of the oldest daughter. The unfailing love of her parents and sisters allows her to return in the end.
While I thought everything that could be written about JFK was already in the library, I was really pleased by this book. I saw JFK when I was an 8th grader in Lancaster, Pa. during his tour of the state during the campaign and I have been his fan ever since.
The honesty of this book was remarkable and it held my attention throughout. The narration was excellent. And I particularly enjoyed Matthew's narration of the prologue.
I recommend this book with hesitation.
Although I tried, I didn't get this story at all. I cannot honestly recommend it.
I thought of "Little Women" while listening to "March". As a student of the Civil War, I was very interested in the hero's experiences as he tried to help both Union soldiers and former slaves. I related to Mr. March's depression and frustration at his inability to do much good in the midst of so much suffering.
The book was well written, well researched and well narrated.
I recommend "March".
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