Artificial Intellectual elitism and appeasement doesn't cut it with Zell.
The foreword offers different ways to begin the Riyria collection - either chronologically, beginning with the Riyria Chronicles and concluding with the Riyria Revelation series or the Revelation series (published first) and then the prequel (newly published) Chronicles. I began here at the Crown Tower, with no prior knowledge of the series and only going by the high ratings by thousands of other readers.
First, the writing itself is entertaining. Michael Sullivan is quite inventive in his descriptions and dialogue and the contrasts between Hadrian and Royce should set up enjoyable dialogues over the course of the next volumes. A big personal thanks to Mr. Sullivan for keeping the scene descriptions and dialogue respectfully clean. (When a brothel is a major component of the story, it would have been easy for things to get tawdry.)
Second, the story prompted some disturbing questions, Some examples: why does the professor take such a personal interest in Royce, knowing what a murderer he is? It has to be more than believing "there is a human being in there." He knows that letting him run loose is going to lead to the deaths of the innocent as well as guilty. Another: Could people such as the "ladies" of the brothel and the boy Royce really not survive outside the city? And how did someone as naïve and gullible as Hadrian appears to be survive war and other challenges? Talent with a sword will only get you so far.
Third, the narrator is good, particularly with the voice of Royce, but his voice for Hadrian, lost some credibility for me. He sounded timid and childish at times, stretching Hadrian's reluctance too far. Also at times the narrator sounded like Edward Everett Horton doing "Fracture Fairy Tales," which was personally amusing but drew a little too much attention to himself.
In conclusion, Sullivan laid a solid foundation for a series, which promises to offer hours and hours of listening pleasure ahead.
Kudos to Laura for her seven year research into this fine biography. I had to check before I finished it as to whether all of this was actually true. Could the same man be an Olympic runner with the potential to break the four minute mile, a survivor on a raft for weeks beyond what anyone else experienced, a POW survivor of Japanese brutality for two years, a hopeless alcoholic, and then Christian witness able to forgive his ruthless enemies?
A most heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of an amazing man. And as of this review, he is still alive!
This is one of the few books that is even better on the second listen than the first. The first time I was taking in the facts: the particular philosphy, the error of the philosophy, and how that error has influenced society. On the second listen, I am catching his wit and poetic charm of his writing. This is a well written book, whether you agree with his assessments or not.
This is the autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom, a simple Dutch watch maker caught in the dark nightmare of Nazi occupation. Although she helped and hid Jews in a hidden room, she and her whole family are arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned for food ration card violations (although the Gestapo suspected them of aiding the Jews). In the terrible ordeals that follow, she finds God's strength in the Bible and the spiritually strong examples of her father and sister, Betsy. By the end, Corrie has a depth of understanding about God's love, grace, faith, and sovereign will that we could never know apart from going through such horror ourselves.
The narrator is so good I thought Miss Ten Boom was actually speaking.
Instantly the listener is assaulted with a summary of the book. Whatever offends you in the first ten minutes will continue to provoke more than your thoughts. It will grate you as he explores those topics in more detail, especially poking at the tender feelings of many liberals. Most people can find some common ground with Boortz on at least one issue, but the libertarian is most likely to appreciate this work. My first problem with Boortz is that while he is strong on personal liberties, he does so with the abandonment of any moral base, and even liberty without morality descends into chaos. It seems his abandonment of Episcopal ministry resulted in a wavering stand on moral issues in general. My second problem is that just because people e-mail him to tell him they "will never listen to him again," that does not mean that he is right. Nevertheless, he parades e-mail after e-mail as if they were evidence that his view was correct, when some of his views, when taken to their logical conclusions, are deeply flawed.
This audio book is most effective for learning to pronounce Greek words according to the North American standard. Pennington is very careful in his pronunciations.
However, even thirty minutes of listening to vocabulary can be taxing on the brain, but it beats trying to read flash cards while driving!
Be sure to download the companion booklet for the spelling of these words.
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