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My favorite character was Hans. He was very kind to all, especially Leisel. Even in the face of great danger, as he takes in and hides a Jewish man.
This was a great story about the triumph of the human spirit. It takes place in Nazi Germany. It follows the story of Leisel, a little girl who has lost her brother and father, and whose mother gives her up to foster care. Hans and Rosa take her in and give her a humble but loving home. It describes how they survive in increasing Nazi-ized Germany. Even as German citizens they feel Hitler's oppression. This is a well-written book, with some very emotional scenes in it.
Scott Hahn introduces the Old Testament by pointing out how it is the story of God's creation of man, his promise of salvation, and how despite man constantly straying from God through sin and infidelity, God always keeps his promise to man and stays with him.
If you like this book, you will also like Peter Kreeft's "You Too Can Read The Bible". This book (Hahn's) focuses more on the beginning of the Bible and goes deeper here. Kreeft's book gives a brief overview of just about every book in the Bible, but not in as much detail. Both reveal underlying themes that made the Bible more understandable and meaningful to me, showing how history is really "His Story", the story of God's love for man, His invitation to eternal life, and what happens when we go astray.
This book would make an excellent companion to a Bible study on Genesis, Exodus, and some of the early books of the Bible.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. It gives plenty of examples of how the Catholic Church really changed the world. I am fairly well-read on Church history, but this book went deeper than my previous studies have and I learned quite a bit. In particular, the section on how the Church in Spain built the foundations for international law in response to the exploration of the Americas was fascinating. Popular culture today can't get beyond the Inquisition, which it blows out of proportion. This book shows how the Church actually built the ideas that eventually led to the idea of inalienable rights. It also shows how the Church developed economic ideas that led to modern Western economic freedom. This is a scholarly work that educates and debunks many myths.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Star Wars. It continues the NJO series and finishes the Dark Tide duology.
I would have changed the wrap-up after the climax of the story. The wrap-up as written was unsatisfying, and disappointing after the good ending of the climax.
Corran Horn is the star of this novel.
This book showed the Jedi gaining some ground. it also showed the foolishness of trying to make premature peace with a warrior culture.
I thought the introduction of the spores was an ingenious way to give the New Republic an upper hand over the Vong, but this storyline just dies in this novel. I also thought it strange that Corran Horn defeats his enemy, yet instead of getting a hero's welcome he is blamed for the Vong's deceit. I found this unsatisfying.
Classic moral myth.
Anakin was my favorite character. He is being shaped to be the best Jedi of his generation.
The inflection, tone, and exclamations bring the story to life. Anthony Heald has narrated several SW books, and I became familiar with his style. He was like an old friend telling a story.
This book brings us deeper into the world of the Yuuzhan Vong. We begin to learn more about their culture, and how different it is from that of the New Republic. They seem very powerful and cruel, verging on the sadistic. But we see signs that they are not invincible. This is part 1 of a duology within the NJO series.
This book starts a new series for Star Wars. It is a long series, about 18 books long. It begins with a novel idea: The SW galaxy is invaded by beings from another galaxy, the Youzhon Vong, who have a militaristic culture. They shun technology and have managed to develop, or "shape", living things to do what humans use machines for. They consider the inhabitants of the SW galaxy to be infidels who are only fit to be enslaved or sacrificed to their gods.
This book introduces the series. It has the first invasion and encounter with the Vong, who appear to be very powerful. It is an engaging story, but SW will suffer a great loss in this story. It is clearly a set-up story and leaves a lot of loose ends. It is good to have read the prior post-Return of the Jedi stories to really understand the Jedi personalities in this series.
A few words about the series. This is different from prior stories. It is decidely darker in tone. Also, because the series is so long, the pace within each story is slow regarding resolving the long term thread of the Vong invasion. There are multiple authors, and so the writing is uneven. Some stories are great but others are so-so. There are also some inconsistencies where one author seems to be bringing the story in one direction and then the next ignores some of that and goes in another direction. There certainly could have been better coordination among the authors.
If you love SW, you should read this series. But be warned, these stories are darker, and in certain of the stories you will want to throw your iPod at the wall and you will swear you want to quit SW forever. Stick with it. There are good stories here. True, I would have advanced SW in a different direction after Zahn's "Hand of Thrawn" duology, but no one asked me for my opinion. If you want SW, this is where it is at.
As time permits I will review each story.
The audio version worked for me because I could listen to it in the car while driving.
I thought this was a great book, but then again I have read several of Peter Kreeft's books and they are all great. I can honestly say that no author has had a greater impact on my thinking than Professor Kreeft.
This book gives a great overview of Plato, and it also touches on Socrates and Aristotle. It explains Plato's philosophy and how he was influenced by Socrates, who was his mentor. The book goes on to discuss how other ancient philosophers, including Jesus, had similarities to Plato. Kreeft shows how Christianity is both faithful and reasonable, and how Plato's philosophy fits into it.
He also discusses later philosophers, many of whom have positions that are not consistent with Plato. I think Kreeft lays out a strong case for the truth of much of ancient Greek philosophy, and how it is one of the pillars of Western Civilization.
If you are interested in philosophy or theology, or even current affairs, you will find this to be an interesting and enjoyable book.
This book was a continuation of the Callista/Luke love story, as well as a follow-up from Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy. I liked the Admiral Daala character from that trilogy, so I was glad to see her return. She is just so evil and mean. I also liked that Captain Pelleaon appeared, as he was Thrawn's number 2 in the Heir trilogy and is the Grand Admiral in the Hand Duology. This explains some of the inbetween. The Dark Saber was a clever idea, being that it is the opposite of a "light" saber. This was an enjoyable story, although the part at the end is a bit hokey with how powerful the force is. That is a bit inconsistent with the other stories.
I don't know if I had one favorite. I liked Daala as an evil admiral, but I liked Callista as a strong woman defending her friends. Kip was his wreckless-in-a-good-way self in this story.
I have read other reviews where readers only want the movie characters, but I like it when the expanded universe introduces new characters if it is done well. If keeps the stories fresh and opens the possibilities for more storylines.
As a performance, this was fine. I do think the abridgment cut out more than it should have.
See my comments from Children of the Jedi.
I am glad I listened to this book. If you like Star Wars, you will like this.
I love Star Wars, and so I have read or listened to a lot of the books. I plan to work my way through the rest. In this regard, the audio versions allow me to get through the stories faster.
This was the first Barbara Hambly story I have listened to. It was more of a science fiction book than one of political intrigue. It wasn't my favorite SW book, but I still am glad I listened to it.
I liked Callista the best. The love that developed between Luke and Callista was the best part of the story.
I don't like to read or listen to a book in one sitting. I like to read a little, reflect, read a little more, and reflect a little more. In this way I savor the book.
This book was a stand-alone story, but it was also the first book in the unofficial Callista Trilogy. The abridgment was a little severe on this. I wish they had included more details from the print version. But all in all, I am glad I listened to this. The Callista romance was a good story line for Luke.
A lot of SW audio books are abridged. So, the print versions give you more details, but the audio books allow me to listen in the car, and so get through the story faster. The sound effects on the audio add to the story. This book was not as abridged as some others, so it still had good details.
This story gave some good background to Episode 1, from a different angle than Darth Plageuis did. I liked seeing Qui Gon and Obi Wan in another story. The plot was intriguing, so you needed to pay attention. The story showed how the Trade Federation came to be under Darth Sidious' influence and why it blockaded Naboo. It also showed more of how Palpatine manipulated his way to the Chancellorship, and how the Republic was becoming corrupt.
The sound effects, plus the voice characteristics add to the story.
The Trade Federation Falls into Darthness.
I love SW anyway, but this was actually one of the more well-written books. It was less science fiction and more political intrigue, so it was more believable. The movies were written this way as well. The science should support the story, not be it. The better SW writers, like Timothy Zahn, know how to use the science at the service of the story. This book falls into that category.
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