West Roxbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2004
After 9/11 I read and read and read trying to find a reason for "why" these radical Muslims hate us. This book gives an insightful history of Bin-Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and others involved in the current "jihad" against the West. It gives a history of many countries in the region, most notably Egypt's political struggles and how Saudi Arabia went from sand to wealth and the elder Bin-Laden's role in its development.
If you are looking for answers as to why 9/11 happened, well I don't think any sane person will ever have that answer. If you are looking for a history of how distorted ideologies created such monsters, then you will get that from this book.
Anyone interested in learning more about a region, the evolution of a very distorted ideology, and in my opinion, the destruction of a peaceful religion, you will be satisfied with what you learn.
It was a good listen. It was a bit predictable at times, but I still wasn't positive on how it was going to end until it ended. I agree with a previous reviewer that at times the mother was a bit annoying, however the story was about her too, not just the daughter. The father didn't develop into a strong character but that may have been intentional and meant to be part of the overall problem. It kept me engaged to and from my long commute.
It alternated chapters between the mother's view of what was going on and what was happening to the daughter. "B" was appropriately creepy from the start. While not as strong as Flynn's Gone Girl, I think if you liked that book, you would like this one.
Whose kid was it???!!! I was guessing (and guessing wrong) the whole book. It was a nice story, and I could relate to the close knit neighborhood. Little bit of everything - romance, scandal, mystery...Typical chick lit! Definitely enjoyable.
So I thought the book started out strong and that the main character's illness was an interesting twist. I was really enjoying it. Somewhere in the middle, it would be on and I wouldn't even be paying attention. It was dragging for me. All of a sudden it picked up in a whirlwind and I found myself eager to listen. All in all, a really good listen. It is hard to go wrong with Scott Brick as a narrator. He always delivers a solid performance.
Yes. He is a good narrator and I generally enjoy his readings.
The first half of the story had me really engaged - the second half had me wanting it to end. It became stupid and rediculous. It could have ended a lot sooner than it did. The author tried to do too much - a romance - a tragedy - corporate thriller - crime story all in one and I don't think it worked. Once the character Roy came in, the author lost me. The fact that Lily wasn't pregnant was evident to anyone with a brain in the first chapter. I would try another one of his novels, before crossing this author off my list, but this was underwhelming.
The twists and turns
I LOVED this book! The story was nothing short of addicting. I found myself wanting to get in the car and go to work in the morning (usually I only want to go home from work LOL)! I loved the plot and it was so suspenseful and kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it figured out - BOOM another twist. Paranoia was always my favorite book by him until now. This blew it away. If you are a Finder fan - hit buy. You will not be disappointed with this one!.
I listened to this book years ago, but recently started going back and listening to my Nelson Demille audiobooks again. I have never done that before, and I have to say, I found it just as enjoyable the second time around. When you follow and author and certain characters, I think there are certain things about them, their relationships, where they came from that a listener forgets (at least this listener forgets!). It was great to refresh on the characters. It is a such an amazing, fast-paced story and you can't go wrong with anything Scott Brick reads!
I would say, if you are a Demille fan and you haven't listened to this, why? If you have listened to it, listen again. You will enjoy it!
The whole thing was moving, but I live in Boston and the feelings about that day are still raw. It was an excellent book about the day, but again I have some bias because the story is close to home - literally.
If you lived in Boston during the bombing you probably aren't going to learn anything new. You were able to get a sense of the day through the eyes of a marathon worker, first responder, and victim. It is gripping and brought me right back to the horror of the time as a resident of the city wondering where are they? Will another bomb go off? What it was like to "shelter in place" that day, and how even when it was lifted I felt far from safe. Just how glued to the TV I was for a week.
I think for someone who doesn't live in this city, you will get a great perspective of the day and the days following. You will see why we say we are "Boston Strong".
I also strongly recommend "Stronger" by victim Jeff Bauman. I can't rate it on audio, but it was a good read.
It was a little too long. The mother bear instinct was so strong in the main character that I found it annoying at times. I felt like shaking her like "enough already!". It does make you question how far would you go for your friends and neighbors and to protect your family.
I said it wasn't a typical book for me because it seemed "out there" as far as what was happening to the country...At least I hope it is "out there" and we never see the likes of it.
Definitely worth a listen. It was a good car ride book.
Summer Beach Read
This was totally predictable. As the reader, you knew what was going to happen, yet it was so enjoyable listening to it anyway! It was a sweet story, and I was pulling for the main character the entire book. There was something about her that was just relatable.
This was a really good book. I can't remember what I was looking for at the time, but something about this struck my interest. The story was so well written, and while parts of it were very dramatic, it didn't seem overdone. It was an emotional story about 2 people who fall in love in their teens and what they deal with as teens with those emotions. The characters develop well as they continue to get a bit older and deal with "grown up" problems. Still the story is a good one.
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