Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2012
Excellent book about a common news topic that most people still know amazingly little about: North Korea. The stories of real-life North Koreans who made it out and lived to tell the tale are riveting. Strongly recommended.
Interesting topic, but detailing each of those 12 days minute-by-minute (it seems) was occasionally tedious. That said, still good book for the most part. If you don't love history though - probably should avoid.
Honestly didn't expect much - but thoroughly enjoyed it. Great book about a president I knew little about - for the obvious reason of what the book is about, of course.
Fun plot that will make a great movie (again), but where was Stieg Larsson's editor? It just goes on and on and on . . . .
Incredibly interesting overall, but at 31 hours it could really use some editing. Also, I kept getting the impression that this was the white-washed version of his life - the version his family would have no objections to.
Truly excellent book. While incredibly long with some passages that go on and on, it's utterly fascinating. And how one party could take over the minds and wills of an entire country's population is nothing short of terrifying. Strongly recommended. The narration is also perfect.
First half was quite good, but then it fizzled and died. The cutesy aside jokes were funny initially - then became really annoying. Also, the sudden puppy-dog love between the main characters was nauseating. There are many better books.
The story was interesting, but just not good - it was like listening to a mediocre made-for-TV movie. Also, the narration was frustrating - men doing the voice of multiple female characters is hard (as is the reverse), but something about J. Todd Adams as Marianne and her mother Corinne was really difficult to listen to.
Very biased, but still incredibly interesting. Particularly relevant recently with President Obama asking for Congress to decide on military action in Syria versus taking unilateral military action based on presidential prerogative alone. Ms. Maddow was excellent as well. Major flaw: I consider myself quite left-leaning and even I was annoyed with some of the biased presentations of major players (Reagan came off as an incredibly arrogant, possibly evil man with every intention looked at negatively while the opposite treatment was given to Tip O'Neill who was portrayed as a political angel with only the best intentions at heart).
I always find dystopias interesting. The plot was great for the most part though the ending was a bit too perfect - written more for a movie finish (it's due out March 2013, big surprise). Still, enjoyable overall.
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