Mr. Smith is as good a writer as there is, however, why is this book titled The World According to Bertie? The character Bertie is just about the least mentioned character in the story. I was looking forward to getting a story FULL of information about my favorite Smith character, Bertie. What we get is a pitifully tiny installment on Bertie. I feel as though I've been hoodwinked, promised one thing and getting so much less. I'm very disappointed.
Boy, oh boy... Do we have some growing up to do. Brash, arrogant, selfish... "Get the hell out of our way! We're Americans, and we're coming through, and heaven help anyone who stands in our way!" Thought provoking and insightful, this book should be read by everyone who considers him/herself a patriot. It's time to wake up, folks.
Worth the money. Worth the money. Worth the money. (How many times do I have to write this?)
A good read of a tough and embarrassing time in our nation's history. Some soul searching is necessary about ourselves and our relationships in the world.
President G.W. Bush has yet to be appreciated for his stewardship of The United States, but that will come. This book is the best insight yet into the complexities of being the leader of the world's most powerful nation. His narration is also excellent—even though he still pronounces "nuclear" as if it were "nucular." So what? At least he didn't have a bimbo fellating him from under his desk in the oval office. He even makes fun of his own speech. He did a damned fine job during his eight years in office. He will be missed.
This is very similar to Vanishing Act, by Thomas Perry, but is not as good, and since this was published after Vanishing Act it makes one wonder if Krueger read Vanishing Act and said to himself, "I could write a story like that."
It's an interesting question: Woman with Indian heritage goes into American/Canadian wilderness with bad people after her and wins: Indian lore and beliefs save her from death. Do you believe in coincidence? Something smells fishy in Denmark. This is just a little bit better than a "2", but just barely.
First of all: No one is a better narrator than Will Patton! He is great! Add his talent to a great book and you don't want the story to end! Ms. Holt knows how to wrap a story in beautifully crafted words and dialogue. Wonderful, wonderful! Americana at its best. Poignant, smart, and fun! Don't miss this one; and give a listen to The Water Seeker too, if you haven't heard it!
Is this what it's like to "be a man" in James Lee Burke's experience? His books are better written than just about anyone's but, God I get tired of the constant boozing and then being sorry for it! Are drunks really this stupid?
Will Patton is the best! No one reads a story better—as well, maybe (and few can do that)—but not better. He is superb!
If you've read Burke before then you already know about the drunks who pepper all his stories. The characters of this story may be the worst of all of them. Still, it is a good story. Typical James Lee Burke.
I haven't finished this one yet; I'm about three-quarters of the way through, and I'm not sure I have the patience to finish! TEDIOUS!
When I started I thought, "Wow! Faulkner! I'm on hollowed ground!" But now I know why I'd never read him before. There is a reason why "The Classics" aren't read much outside of the demands of some teacher or professor, and it can be summed up in one word: TEDIOUS!!! My God! It just keeps dribbling on and on!
Books like this, and other "Classics" were written, and enjoyed, by people who had nothing better to think about. If Faulkner were writing today he could say whatever he has to say in half the words—and they would be couched in a more vigorous story.
Did you see the movie Amadeus? Remember when a Mozart work was criticized for having "too many notes?" Well, that's what is wrong with the old writings: Too many words.
It's a good translation, well read. (They tell me I haven't written enough words, but maybe now I have.) What more need be said?
I've read most of Catton's histories of The War Between the States, and those of Shellby Foots' also. Civil War history is fascinating; but the narrator ruins this one to the point that I probably won't go any further in listening to it, and that has been only a few pages. Too bad. I wasted my money, once again.
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