West Deptford, NJ, United States | Member Since 2013
Although I enjoyed the book, I found it difficult to follow during the first half. The author keeps jumping from the present to the past in ways that I found confusing. I have enjoyed some of the author's earlier books much more. The last third of the book was very well done.
Not so much time spent on the main character's sexual relationships. More time spent on the investigation and trial.
I would have preferred one, rather than two, narrators. Still, each did an acceptable job.
The shadows that some people make can last throughout some other’s lifetime. That is the case presented in the novel, REVIVAL, by Stephen King. Jamie Morton first enters the shadow of Charles Jacobs at age six and remains in Jacob’s shadow as long as Jacobs is alive to cast the shadow and even after his death.
This isn’t my favorite King novel. It will take some dedication to stay with it throughout. Still, it is a fascinating story that intertwines, religion, coming of age, drug addiction, medical quackery, small town family life and the after-life.
David Morse does an excellent job with the narration.
Gray Mountain follows the formula of most of John’s novels. It is a David and Goliath morality tale where David must mount an attack in the judicial system against the excesses of greed, often represented by unscrupulous corporate interests. Here, David is a former Wall Street female lawyer named Samantha who takes on Goliath, the greedy coal companies of Virginia. With a few twists and turns, you can guess how the tale will end.
Some of the early negative reviews may be an indication that the formula has been over used. Since I like Grisham’s descriptive style, I am willing to stick with him and the formula for the foreseeable future. Most of these excesses of greed need to be exposed and Grisham's narrative is good at exposing them.
I like philosophy and was really looking forward to this book. I especially wanted to see which arguments were selected. However, I found that the arguments were presented in too technical a manner. The syllogistic reasoning is too difficult to understand at the pace of the reader's presentation. One reviewer suggested that a printed version would be better. I agree, but feel that even a written version would be too deep for the non-philosophy major. I was wasting my time so I stopped half way through the work.
Although much of these insights are common sense, they are presented as a fresh way to view situations. My only problem is grabbing the correct insight as the situation presents itself.
These lectures should be accompanied with the illustrations that the professor uses for illustrative purposes. Thus it would be good to listen to the lectures while viewing a book that has the diagrams.
The audio quality of the first lecture is very poor. The technology should exist for enhancement. If that isn't possible, then a professional reader should be inserted.
Although the lectures were designed for the non-physics student. As a non-physics major, I found some of the material very difficult to understand.
This book will require considerable effort on the part of the listener.
A well written and well narrated Mob book. This is my first listen to Don Winslow and I wish that there was an entire Frankie Machine Series. Would have enjoyed separate books about Frankie's Spring, Summer and Fall.
Will try the author's private eye series soon.
I had trouble paying attention to this book. Can't believe that some listeners gave it five stars. Not sure it deserved the two that I give it.
This is my second book by Pat Conroy (Beach Music was my first) and I have found the two works equally delightful. Although I am not a writer, I am very envious of Conroy's extensive vocabulary. If words are symbols of thought, Conroy has a way of arranging them into beautiful mosaics of insight and entertainment.
The characters are rich and endowed with all of the frailties of real life, these aren’t "cardboard cutouts". Conroy’s love affair with Charleston, South Carolina reminded me of the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and its host city, Savannah, Georgia.
The book focuses on the great themes of race, religion, the South, coming of age and death.
I am sure that this book isn’t for everyone. Still, if you appreciate a writer who can paint a vivid, insightful and entertaining picture, the book is for you.
As I listened to the book, I wondered how much of it was drawn from the author’s personal life experiences. Perhaps all books of this nature are autobiographical, whether so stated or not.
This is my first Thomas Perry book. I especially enjoyed the ending, although I wasn't sure where the story was headed till we got there. I agree with the reviewer who said that there were times he didn't know which character to pull for. Occasionally I had to remind myself what I already knew about a character. Look forward to another book by TP.
Greg Iles always holds my interest. This book shows the ghostly underside of life along the Mississippi. It is a compelling and engaging story. I don't agree with the negative reviews of narrator Dick Hill. Dick gives the work the depressing feel that it deserves.
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