"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is one of those books that stays with you, inspiring you to hear/read it again for fresh incites.
John C. Reilly is an amazingly talented person: singing, dancing, comedy, drama, broadway & movies. He does it all with such effortlessness. I found it easy to slip into the characters as he performed them.
I read this book the first time in my early twenties. I raged and cried for over a week feeling the injustice of the individual crushed by "The Man". As an older man with a family and lots of life experience, I find the insult almost as painful. Yet, I see more sides to the situations and accommodate some of the mutually contradictory events more readily. I also appreciate the writing differently than the younger me. At its heart, this remains a powerful visceral read for me.
What an amazing story Dr. Mukherjee tells. This book dovetails excellently with "Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality" by Jonathan Weiner. It is a fascinating insiders look at just why cancer may not be curable.
Good history but it is unforgivable that the narrator mispronounced so many Hebrew words.
Love the story.
Davidson's narration is truly epic befitting the larger than life book and man therein portrayed. He sang the songs of Churchill's youth. He mimicked the great politicians wonderfully; I really felt as if Lloyd George were speaking, for instance. I am in awe of his ability to deal with the diversity of people and accents found in this history. Unfortunately, his performance shined to such a degree that I found the other two volumes wanting.
Winston Churchill has been a particular fascination for me and, while William Manchester is not Churchill's official biographer, I committed myself to the series. Unfortunately, Manchester died during the third and final part. It is not nearly as good as the first and second. Manchester's brilliantly paints a full picture of the milieu in which young Winston was born and grew up, helping us understand the towering political figure he became.
Bull Meechem is a warrior's warrior without a war. He does not know function outside this milieu. His family cope with his inability to adapt, as they face off against a force of nature.
Pat Conroy writes about his characters with such understanding and warmth that even a tragic character like Bull Meechem is seen as redeemable.
Yes, and I have. Steinbeck captures the simple and powerful truths of relationships with such beauty and eloquence. I find it almost inexpressible how deeply this book moved me.
I did. I could not stop.
No. I rarely listen to or reread books. There are too many on my list. This should not deter you from listening. This
When I think of the Woody Guthrie songs "Do Re Me" & "I Ain't Got No Home", I think of "Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck writes an amazing social commentary rich in history wrapped in a compelling story. It is a part of US history that we would rather not face.
Steinbeck could not have realized that many of the themes he wrote about resonate today. I will not spoil the book in any way by discussing them here.
It may be my imagination, but I Dylan Baker sounded like Henry Fonda. So iconic was Fonda's performance, I may simply not have been able to get it out of my head. That being said, Baker conveyed the same soft spoken character and strength that I remember of Fonda's performance. Brilliant.
Absolutely and I have. "Canary Row" is like a love letter to a time and place you never visited. After reading this book, I felt as if I knew the characters as fully realized people. Closing the book and reaching the end of the performance, I felt as if I were saying goodbye to dear friends. The imperfectly perfect people you would wish to have as neighbors with all the love, pain and other emotions that comprise valued relationships.
I love the part in which "The Boys" party goes awry turning tragic and humorous. Particularly, the truth of how we cope with the inevitable disappointments and pain that are part and parcel of meaningful relationships.
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