This book loving depicts every horrible torture and sadistic punishment in the history of humanity. The author does mention how nice it is that we do not approve of these things today. However he then goes on to depict these horrors in great detail -- hour after hour. He is clearly fixated on all the ways we can torture people to death and takes great pains to describe every detail. He wastes little time in explaining how these tortures fell out of fashion. I finally just turned it off and deleted it. Only a sadist would like this book
This lovely biography brings to life the personal and professional persona of Julia. She was a great teacher as well as a great chef. How she got to be that way is a fascinating story.
This book lays it all out with wit and charm.
This book is wonderfully written. It is science writing at it's best. It is also very scary. I kept hoping it was science fiction, but it is science fact. It flows like "the Andromeda Strain" but every word is true. This book is an adventure and a trip I was happy to take.
I read it 20 years ago and loved it even more listening now to the audio version.
I love Michael Crichton and was delighted to find a book of his that I had not yet read.
Woops! The master has slipped. The plot is really stupid. The science is really bad. The characters are caricatures. Skip this one. Reread "The Andromeda Strain" instead.
There is no plot. There is no future. The narrative voice drones on and on and never says anything. Nothing happens. Duller than dull.
The basic premise of this book -- that one poem modernized the world-- is a little unrealistic. However, the history is both fascinating and delightfully narrated. I don't even like history but this book is brilliant. It is witty and fun and was a pleasure to listen to.
I knew nothing about Lucretius, and now I know a great deal. I have never stopped to wonder how old books have been passed down through the ages. Well, now I know.
I highly recommend this great listen!
Simply and powerfully written, this book lays out the inner life of a Reservation. The Indian Ghetto is very closely drawn, but the message is universal. What happens if you stay? What happens if you leave? This book is beautifully crafted. I listen through twice. After you have enjoyed this book, watch the movies "Smoke Signals" and "The Business of Fancy Dancing" also by Sherman Alexie.
This book has Stayed with me many months after listening to it. The characters are real people for me. Their trials and adventures are real. I was born and raised in the area where this book is set. Although it is a work of fiction, every detail is vividly correct. The environment is one of the characters. I know this setting and now I know the inner lives of the people in this book. I do not look at day workers or the ongoing debates about immigration the same way since listening to The Tortilla Curtain. This is a fascinating and beautifully crafted story and a major commentary on an ongoing problem. I highly recommend this book for pleasure and for enlightenment..
I love crows. We have them all around our home. I was delighted to find a book about them. Alas, you will learn nothing about crows from this one. You could replace the work 'Crow" with the word 'Cow' and it would still make sense. This book is a string of dull biology and ponderous elementary science pronouncements. Poorly written and poorly read. Nothing here about crows.
I love Ted Talks of all kinds. I listen and am inspired and informed by them. This book is dull and useless. It will never be the subject of a Ted Talk. Ted Talks are charming, witty and inspiring. This book is insipid, dull and boring. Skip it. Listen to some Ted Talks instead.
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