This is a require text for anyone that is in retail. Its highly educational and very informative. Beside explaining the modern retail and dot com business, the authors go into detail on how Sears got started with their catalog business. They became the forefathers in retail by starting in the late 1800's and how they are failing in our present time, but yet almost all retailers starts with the basic principle that Sears established. It starts with the old and ends with the new. Pretty good overall history on how the consumers became a brand for all retailers.
"Bellwether" by Connie Willis didn't tickle my funny bone. I was disappointed that I didn't laugh at the numerous pop culture jokes from the 90's. I just didn't like it. The office setting reminded me too much of my day job dealing with my coworkers.
The sheep is nothing new. If you want to read about sheep and science fiction, read The Android's Dream by John Scalzi. That book is cleverly written and much more laughable.
Maybe it's just me, but I find that most pop culture references in books to be very dated.
Michael C. Hall has a career as an audiobook narrator. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was a pleasure to listen to from the star of Dexter. He should narrate more titles. Maybe something darker and longer next time.
As for the short story, I can't remembered if I seen the movie, but for $1.95 the book was good enough. I'm not going to analyze the social status of the main character because there are many other reviewers that dissect this story from Truman Capote.
I have to disagree with all of the negative reviews on Audible on the performance from Bruce Locke in "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage." I found his voice to be tolerable enough to finish the book. I would rather have his voice in my ears than an on screen actor piercing my eardrums with their fake Japanese accent. I don't understand why other reviewers are ranting about this so much. This was a decent recording of a great audiobook.
As for Haruki Murakami and his latest attempt in "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage", I am very pleased with the entire story. If you can get over any homophobic tendencies that you may have, the story consist of wet dreams and reality.
While some other reviewers has compare this book to Norwegian Wood, I see it in a different ballpark that Murakami played with. It reads more like a fouled up dream that you have been woken up to.
"Did I really dream having a three some with another man and a girl?"
I did not quite understand the whole deal with the Lexus dealership. That didn't make any sense to me. I also wished that Haruki Murakami would had elaborated more on the Death Token. I wanted to know more, but I have a feeling that the Death Token will reappear in the future.
I bought this book as soon as it came out and very happy with the end result. I was excited that the book got translated and recorded into audio so quickly. I was jealous at my friend who can read Japanese when "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage" came out last year. She was right, I really enjoyed this one.
I am a fan boy of Haruki Murakami. His style is so different from others. It's too bad that the publishers keep reissuing the same audiobooks over and over because my reviews for those titles are lost somewhere in Audible.
Don't let this one slip by, base on bad reviews on the narrator.
When I was telling my friends that I started reading the "Outlander" series, some of them teased me by saying that I was romantic at heart. I wouldn't bought this book if Audible didn't have it as one of their Daily Deals, but now I want to read the complete series. Besides the sexy nurse and her man romance, the history section of the plot is very well written. I really enjoyed the time travel and the long epic drama of Outlander.
When I first started the book, about 8 days ago, I wasn't too sure because the first few hours is something from Fan Fiction Theater, but after the sexual tension ceased a bit, I really got into the story. The time travel is a bit misleading. I'm still not sure how it works, but I can see why Diana Gabaldon has a lot of fans.
The Outlander series is something that I want to take time to finish. Instead of gulping down cans of soda and feeling the burn in my throat, I want to sip through a straw and get enough to clench my thirst and enjoy the rest of the meal.
Think about this one. What if the Confederate Army didn't win Gettysburg? Would we be under a dictatorship and still have slavery? More importantly, could we have an American Hitler under our regime? What if the Union won the war, would we even be involve in two World Wars?
Gettysburg was the war that we needed to win. It shaped this country to be the land of the free and we invite all ethnicity, the poor and the rich in our country. The United States has always been the super hero to the World and even aide our enemies. That is just what we do. Assist the needy and being humble of our success.
"Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen C. Guelzo is something that I wanted to read for a while, ever since I saw the print version at Costco. Often times, I browse their book selection to know what other people are reading. When I saw Gettysburg, I knew that I wanted to read it some day. Great detail and facts in this book.
For someone that has the ability to be a critical thinker, it made me wonder what it the good side didn't win this war. Would my family from an Asian descent be prosper in America? Despite the argument on our boarders, Red White Blue and the 50 Stars has a meaning of freedom.
I really like the way that Tom Wolfe wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities." Instead of focusing on one main character throughout the extensive novel, Mr. Wolfe writes the story with many sub plots. I like it because I found it to be enjoying and not draining with the tale of one person.
There are many characters to like and dislike. The story is fast pace and engaging. As an American classic (per say), I can relate to the story more because I was familiar with the times in the 80's, New York, Wall Street and the different social classes.
Often times, when I read a classic, I sometime feel lost in the book because I wasn't born in their era of storytelling. The Bonfire of the Vanities is a good book for someone that were raise in the 80's because they can easily follow without referring back to an Encyclopaedia Britannica.
I really wanted to give high marks to Haruki Murakami for reporting the victims' stories about the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995, "Underground", but I almost couldn't listen to any of their stories anymore. I found that Haruki Murakami's reporting style to be very bland and boring. After a while there was too many of the victims' stories all bunch together, where I found it tiresome to listen to.
As for the interviews of Aum Shinrikyo's members, it was interesting, but I preferred hearing from the victims instead. Maybe it's because the passive style of reporting from the Japanese culture or maybe Haruki Murakami is a really bad interviewer, but he should not write nonfiction anymore.
He is awful as a reporter.
This book just dragged on. I was really hoping to give at least three stars, but it's two stars at best.
There is one compelling story that I liked the most. It was about the housewife when she found out that her husband was one of the casualties. Her in laws came by train to the hospital to see their dead son. The family got closer and life went on, but his daughter will never know her father.
"Trustee from the Toolroom" is my first introduction of Nevil Shute. It's about an engineer going out to sea, to rescue his in laws that left for more prospect future. There is a lot more to the story, but that is the main plot. I really enjoyed Nevil Shute's writing. He wrote in a time where life was much simpler and neighbors helping each other.
I don't think that this story could had been told by most authors today because we are being raise up in a different era. Instead of asking our neighbor if they can help us with a flat, we would rather call roadside assistance because out of convenience. The days where you talk to your neighbors are over.
"Trustee from the Toolroom" is a humble story about a man that has a great adventure out in the sea, getting beckon to a rescue call and getting anchored on the promise land.
Most of the reviews that I've read so far, "Terms of Enlistment" is supposed to be a science fiction military thrill ride, but other than the network and aliens, it's just another grunt story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but I don't really consider this to be science fiction. There is no real plot, just a lot of military jargon to be brave. More like future day boot camp in a revise version of Full Metal Jacket. Marko Kloos is an enjoyable author. I would read the next installment in the Frontlines series, but its not really sci fi. More like with high tech gadgets fighting the aliens.
There is no man in space in "Red Moon Rising." It's all about Soviet Union and United States and the race to space. It took me longer than I expected to finish this book. The information was interesting from a historical aspect, but it also became boring at times. Too much politics and not enough science to the rocket.
The book should had taken me less than a day to finish, but I wasn't too excited to continue on, and I force myself to read more.
It seems like that they lighted a match on a rocket to launch the satellite.
This one was a dud.
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