and provides a nice escape from the starbucks on the corner world I live in. Mid-twentieth century Botswana, early in its post-colonial existence, is the setting for this series. The title character is a strappy Botswanian daughter-of-a-diamond-miner who finds a vocation for herself as a lady detective. What I found surprising and absorbing was her ruminations on the status quo versus her aspirations to be self-determining, the entrenched Africian male psyche, and the feminine--and often the ancient African--mystic that outwits them both. I've been to southern Africa. This book took me back to that world and I loved the side trip out of my everyday life.
This is a tenderly written story that chronicles a period of mourning in a family's--and father's--life. It's personal without being too personal, but maybe that is what it's lacking. I skipped over some of the narrative when the author seemed stuck on recounting every last detail, but then that's what happens when we mourn. This is a good example of mourning with dignity.
I didn't think the performance was that good. I didn't think "overall" should be rated more than mediocre. But what is better than real life told by someone who participated in it? Whether or not it is all true or unbiased, it is a slice of several people's lives and I wanted to hear about it. I wept, I sighed, I cringed, and thought to myself, why isn't life more fair and all children be loved and cherished? I skipped some parts because they were repetitive, but more than not, I listened to enlarge my compassion. No one's life is easy. Some are a lot harder than most. Love is what all of us want. I liked this real life story because it taught me that love is hard to find.
Chills up the spine. Real characters that you can "feel their pain" as ostracized, wounded, and hyper-sensitive personalities looking to even the score against the popular crowd. You want them to win even as you are horrified. It's one thing to not care about characters when bad things are happening; it's quite another when the story draws you in and the battle becomes your own. Great listen.
The New Testament Book of James encourages readers to seek wisdom by asking God for it and God will grant the seeker what s/he is longing for. Richard Rohr's book provides insights into just how God goes about this process and how the seeker can join in to the inner work required. There is no required age for this kind of work; nor is there a time when the work is over. Richard Rohr brings his own hard work to the text and shows us the possibilities of the 'second half' of life, that is, the life beyond struggles with identity, ego, and angst. I am convinced that he has provided his readers with a more than adequate guide to this life, particularly because he addresses the difficult questions of suffering, meaninglessness, and loss of hope that first half of life leaves with many of us. This text joins some other well-worn books and scriptures that are 'go-to' texts for my journey.
This is a true story that takes place in NYC where two very different people and circumstances dwell a couple of city blocks apart. It's a book I will listen to again because of its honesty about aspects of life that most of us would rather keep hidden. The story shows us that strength and love have a way of prevailing in unexpected places and most of the time without words. Hope is the result. This is a fine real life example that will keep you thinking about long after you've finished it.
if you took a shining to The Shining, Dr. Sleep will please any desire you have to reconnect with the bizarre world of the hotel and Dan--the kid who survives.
There are many, many scenes that I remember but here is one that happens early on. It's actually also a remembering of a scene lived within a stupor but recalled the next day. We are taken through what are awakenings and realizations but are the to Dan, but are they only that? Let's say that time is rather plastic in that scene and the listener only realizes it later in the book.
Will Patton is a fabulous performer of the whole range of chilling personalities in the book. His narration intensifies the chilling and tragic edginess of the conflict in the story.
Dan. He'd become a true friend, indeed.
One of the authors that has stuck with me is the late Stephen Covey, hence the headline of my review. Why quote Covey for the headline of this review? Because the quote points to the healing process available to the young man--yes man--who is the title character. He doesn't know it, but he has grown up in spite of his parents and himself. Bravo! We were pulling for you.
My heart pounded through most of the book and not because I was walking around the block fifteen times to get my exercise in for the day. The author captured the vacated, self-centered suburban emotional landscape of many teenager's lives--too old to be latch-key kids but too emotionally unstable to root themselves into a healthy rhythm of self-discovery and respect.
There's one scene where there's an intersection between the young and vulnerable and the old and cynical. Which wins out? I'll only say that they both had the adage "begin with the end in mind." I was surprised by both the teenager's and the infirmed old man's response to what was a life-threatening situation.
Tagline for a movie of this book: Why it was foolishly ignorant for the city of Philadelphia--and the state of California and so many other cities and town--to lay off school counselors as if we don't need them for kids who are emotionally abandoned.
Kudos to Sarah Vowel for creating a fresh take on the darker side of American history and the public's unexamined fascination with the relics of the famous, whether or not they were etched in history as traitors, heroes, or fanatics. I think this book ranks up there in my top 5% of books I've listened to this year.
What I enjoyed about this book was the combination of the narrator's sincerity, wry sense of humor, and cynicism conveyed through her voice, and of course, the story. I was surprised often by the direction of the story--surprised because I thought I knew history and found out that there's a subplot to everything. Who would have thought of an "assassination vacation?" Loved it.
The author herself was my favorite character. She was the one who conceived of the idea of vacationing through the lens of history and making more than a few connections to past and present events, with hints of conspiracy theories and disease born insanities.
A point in the book that was particularly moving was the narrator's walk from Penn Station in NYC through neighborhoods and past various statues of dead and sometimes forgotten politicians and actors and relatives of assassinated leaders. You get the distinct feeling that she sees more than most of us would taking the same walk. But she shares with us what she's thinking so we can see it, too, and wonder at what else history can teach us, even the macabre parts. This is a worthwhile listen.
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