This book is a beautifully written story of love and strength. The book spans 80 years in the lives of several families that intersect, separate and then join again over time. It is based on the lives of real people and speaks of deep familial love and struggles for survival in WWII Prague. The narrators each gave perfect voice to the characters they portrayed. At first I was concerned about the two alternating readers-- but it quickly made sense and added depth to the telling of the story. While the book speaks of desolation and destruction it also presents beauty, art, deep love and courage. A really wonderful recommended listen.
A light, positive, upbeat and fun listen. Low stress reading. Stories of country doctors and their community of quirky patients in a different world of Ireland from the past. Charming.
I had high hopes for this book about personal and collective religious experience and perceptions. I have listened to the book twice thinking I must have misunderstood some key message. However, with each reading I find the premise of the book increasingly disturbing. The portrayal of monastic life was strange. The motivations of the community and the nun involved seemed skewed and just plain off. I think the book was written by an outsider looking in at a life and situation they did not even begin to understand. Major pieces of the picture and puzzle are missing and or even misrepresented. Beautiful writing in the abstract but I'm afraid it misses the mark and is just terrible.
This is a book for people who enjoy scientific theory and the exploration of concepts related to anatomy and physiology. It examines how the brain works, changes, grows and repairs itself. It presents thoughts about how the brain evolves throughout life--involving neuroplasticity, aging, illness and injury. Thirty plus years ago it was thought that the brain and nervous system were static--once injured always injured. How exciting it is to see how this thinking has evolved. To me it was a hopeful, insightful, and fascinating listening experience.
A really excellent book that I return to often and like to listen to at bedtime. Positive, uplifting, and life affirming. Really helps sort out what is important in your world and thinking and what isn't you and needs to be let go of. Highly recommended as a life changing listen.
Excellent practical instruction in meditation, prayer and centering techniques. Christian in focus but Eastern in flavor. A wonderful guide.
A great introduction to meditation. I love all Pema Chodron's recordings and insightful books. She is gentle, kind and wise. Humor works to lighten the mood and move the listener effortlessly through the instruction. The recording gives the feeling of being in a live retreat or class setting. Highly recommended.
I agree with other reviewers that this is a difficult book to follow in the audio version. There are so many players, so much "he said-she said" and a definite need for a map to refer to constantly. I too would have liked to have been able to flip back several pages to refresh my mind many times during the reading. The narration was good overall. The detail of the research was intense. The book was overwhelming in spots.
That said, I love blow by blow accounts of history and that was exactly what this hairsplitter of a book was all about. What's more--my beloved British grandfather fought in the trenches and survived mustard gassing and the war. I listened because I wanted to understand his experience better. Heart pounding and terrifying. A must for history lovers--but maybe the print version or a kindle/audible link would be best so you can flip back and forth. Plus find a good map--your going to need it!
I enjoyed this story about a woman working in her native Iceland as a director at a local museum annex. It has aspects of a mystery but is more of a window into a different world experience. The story is heavy on the internal thoughts of the main character as she maintains a placid exterior and finds her way in a new job. The depiction of Iceland, Russia and the world of fine art collecting is all fascinating.
The narration is good. The Icelandic names and place names were very complicated. Having the narrator helped me get through them with at least a chance at the correct sound. If I had read the book I would have been guessing and probably making up pronunciations as I went along! So it was a help.
Recommended if you are interested in art, art history, some suspense, and a visit to a very different part of the world. Engaging and thoughtful. Glad I gave it a try.
A very insightful book and listening experience based on many years of research and Brown's work with individuals, groups and couples. Listening has the power to facilitate change in the listener's life through altered perspective and new points of view on concepts of vulnerability.
I read all the negative reviews here on Audible about the narration and I am not sure what people are talking about. Maybe my recording has been redone--a newer version??-- but I thought that Karen White did a fine job reading the book. I guess I have heard some really difficult narrators recently-- but I was fine with this one. I suggest just to be sure listen to the sample before buying the book.
I think the information provided in the book far out weighs any issues with the narrator. A difficult subject but definately worth the listen.
I loved Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and had very high hopes that this family saga set in Iowa would be something along that line. Some Luck is a different book. It takes patience. The beauty of this first entry in a planned trilogy is slow to evolve. I was almost half way through the listen before the characters had captured me. Before I really cared about any of them. I almost gave up-- but I am really glad I kept listening.
The writing was spare and at first almost one dimensional. Smiley had the story drop in on the family and witness slices of life sequentially as the years progressed. To me these paper doll characters of the first chapters grew into whole, living, breathing and complex people gradually with each year and each new chapter.
This isn't a story that spoon feeds the listener. It is instead a book that the reader needs to work at and ponder. Subtle connections appear in a web like fashion and these webs connect the seemingly disconnected events into an amazing whole. Random flashes of insight flare like tiny sparks. Not the fireworks of A Thousand Acres--but beautiful all the same.
This book is a meditation on family, farming, hard work, individuality and traditions. Keep in mind that luck comes in many forms--good and bad. It also takes time to see which is which as life plays out. I loved the story and look forward to book two whenever it appears. Recommended if you are willing to take the time and let the story unfold. A wonderful listen.
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