Wow! I'm not a history aficionado but I still found this book to be quite entertaining. The Taft/Roosevelt friendship and estrangement was something I knew about vaguely, but certainly not in context with other world events and not in the detail provided here. I enjoy books and writing in general, so the inclusion of Sam McClure's part in the events of that time was a real treat. The performance was well done and never got in the way of the story. It's a long book and there were a few points where it dragged a little, but overall I really enjoyed it and was sad that it came to an end. I hope Doris Kearns Goodwin goes on to write about the Wilson presidency and then just keeps writing through the rest of the presidents.
The Silkworm was a delicious read! Love the characters of Strike and Robin. Of course the minor characters are well-drawn, too. Have listened to it more than once.
We listened to a couple of hours of this story when we were on a long car trip. It was my first Daniel Silva book. The author unnecessarily embellishes and repeats as if he is trying to fill pages. I was so disappointed!
I have gifted this book more than any book I can remember, and I have gifted a lot of books.
This book is really a magical read. I enjoy books who take you to new places and make you want to stay there, and NIght Circus does just that. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged. I can't think of a part that dragged or that could have been left out. The characters are delightful. And the narrator is so good that he seems a part of the story itself.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane was recommended to me by one of my friends, and by Amazon because I liked Night Circus. So I gave it a try.
The beginning was a little slow but once the story started, it really got hold of me. Fortunately the book is relatively short because I started getting annoyed whenever I got interrupted. That's when I know I have a good book.
Themes like innocence, regret, the flawed nature of humans, mercy, and sacrifice woven into the story very naturally.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I'm withholding that 5th star primarily because there are so many loose ends, like whose funeral he is attending. (Or did I miss that? I listened to the beginning 3 times ...)
I liked it. I recommend it. Well written, doesn't get it its own way, good, creative story.
Oh - and the narration was outstanding.
Started the Pimsleur method about 6 months ago in preparation for attending a wedding in Latin America. Love this method because there is no time wasted in long explanations - you spend your time listening, speaking, listening and correcting, listening, and speaking again. The only drawback is that the all-audio format from Audible.com doesn't include any written information, which becomes necessary once you reach Spanish II and Spanish III - I had to supplement with other texts. The audio lessons are easy to follow, easy to spend just a few minutes with and learn something - works great on my ipod in the car. I met my goal of being able to converse with the family on our trip and am looking forward to further honing my skills with more Pimsleur audiobooks.
This book is well written, captivating, and surprising. I enjoyed listening to it so much that I am also planning to buy the book, too.
Great book - appears that the Enron debacle was actually caused many years before by poor business decisions that took Enron out of its core money-making business - a cautionary tale. I listened to this in the car, at the mall, cleaning house -- until it was done. The book was surprisingly compelling, given that I already knew the ending!
I listened to this on a recent trip and it put me right to sleep, which was helpful because I was in noisy hostels and thin-walled hotels. Through multiple listenings I got the gist of the story and it was ok, but not up to the Thursday Next series.
I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife. It is one of the best books I have ever heard or read, and I read a lot. It's compelling, poignant, and clever. The plot turns surprised me several times. The book drew me in, to the point that I'm having to convince myself that I won't be time traveling soon!
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