Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2003
Captivating, Ambiguous, Touching
Each story was both specific to being Jewish and universal in the tale it had to tell. Although the characters were strangers I was sure I had met them somewhere in life.
In the first story the four characters get drunk and high together in a very unexpected situation. It felt very real to me and I had to play it over because I laughed so hard in parts.
The book made me laugh and cry. It was moving and sad in many parts. The story The Reader left me feeling empty and longing for the past.
This book moves at rapid pace and each story is just the right length for a workout or a car ride home. You will not want to stop listening even if your workout is over or if you have arched your destination.
Ian Mcewan often has similar themes running through his fiction: religion, stalking, power and a moral decision. He plays the themes with variation but predictability of momentum and ending.
I grew bored as the book progressed. I knew what was coming and but hoped he would fool me.
He hammers religion and only portrays it in the most conservative manner. His characters are flat and lack complexity,
Too black and white for me.
I listened to this book as I traveled to Israel. Immediately I grew to understand the history before my eyes in a more sophisticated manner that I had on my other two trips. Halevi does and excellent job weaving history and biography into a story that flows like fiction. It is a long listen but well worth the time. i was disappointed when it was over because the story was moving and the men were complex real figures that played a huge role in Israel's History.
As a Jew the concept of Grace is not something we theologically discuss to any great extent. Thus, I hesitated at first because of the title and the beginning overtones of the book. I was rapidly engrossed in the story and wanted to get to know the characters better. The story line, one of loss and coming of age in the early 1960's in Minnesota hit close to home even though it involved a minister's family. The story one of great pain at times was rough to listen to because I identified with Frank and Jake and their parents' at through out the story. I appreciated Krueger's ability to work with the pain and the fall out from it and the quiet love of the family. It is the journey of acceptance and integrity and moving with the pain that I loved.
It is hard to put down, well worth your time and your credits. Enjoy!
Critical Mass is timely for both story line and show casing women in science. Ms Paretsky give us a tight plot with somewhat predictable twist. I was fascinated by the role of female physicist in Austria prior to WWII. It was a fun mystery and sent me searching for more information on women in physics. Science Friday has a nice interview about this with the author.
The narrator was horrible. She overstates voices, uses inappropriate intonation and was irritating to listen to. She tried to do the characters' voices and ended up sounding angry most of the time.
A story rich in detail and short on plot. The author shared a descriptive picture of Chile, Cuba and East Germany in the early 1970's. It seemed as if the story was a device to share the description of a world the author knew well and loved. He gave us a glimpse of the political situation at that moment and a superficial biography of Neruda. I liked the narrators voice, calm and reassuring and good to listen to at the end of the day.
Cuckoo's Calling will keep calling you back to a good listen. It was what you would expect from a mystery. Predictable but a fun story line and likable characters. Of course all of JK Rowling's books are held up to the gold standard of the Harry Potter series and will never compare.
Yet this is a fun and engaging story.
Grover Gardner provided an intimate narration of Robert Caro's book The Passage of Power. I knew little of the transition from Kennedy to Johnson and the truly remarkable job Johnson did with it. In fact it seemed almost too smooth. It seems obvious if it were not for Johnson's consummate knowledge of the how to pass legislation and how to work people to his advantage, the civil right's legislation of 1964 and 1965 would never have made it through with Kennedy.
This was a book I could not put down and it made me want to read the preceding books on Johnson and the next one to come.
You will be surprised and will perhaps wonder how Johnson managed all he did that first year. It is a bit eerie too thinking about the possibilities of conspiracy. None which seem to amount to anything.
The story brought the reader back and forth between alternate universes. The sense of time shifting kept me engaged and curious about how they tied together. It was like switching from one language to another for a new speaker of a language.
I was intrigued by the Christian themes of rebirth, immaculate conception and naive faith. I remain curious about these aspects of the book and continue to mull them over in my mind well after reading the book. I find it odd for Murakami and I am intrigued by it.
At first the narrators drove me nuts but they became endearing to me as I became pulled further and further into their lives.
I would find it difficult to eat with any of them for fear of being swept away into another reality.
Be patient as it takes a bit to get pulled into this book but once the magnet gets you it is difficult to let go.
I enjoyed listening once because it brought back memories from my college days. It reminded me of the love and learning as well as the conflicts we had. I guess they were not so unique and rather universal in nature. It is a good single listen but not a classic book.
I liked the development of the three characters and the trajectories that Eugenides traced. The use of 3 different voices was compelling and added depth.
He did a good job even with the women he portrayed.
I wanted to drag this listen out because it over along like a good conversation with a friend and I didn't want it to end.
If you went to college in the late 70's and early 80's this will have many reference points and memories of the times. I almost forgot about Semiotics. Oh my how could that be. Also he did a good job portraying Bipolar Disorder, especially the struggle between stability and the serious side effects of medications.
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