I imagined this would be a light-hearted collection of goofy dog anecdotes from this therapy-dog owner, and I love a good goofy dog story. Instead, it is a self-indulgent narrative by a quite silly and shallow woman who imbues her dog with human-like reason and emotion. She is amazed to find that people who are old, infirm in body or mind, or alone are yet enjoying life, looking forward, making friends, and are not suffering in silence, but are serene in silence. The author is stunned and (falsely, it feels) humbled by her previous fears and ignorance. Yikes!! keep this dope away from MY nursing home, should I end up in one.
The narrator is one whom I have heard and not enjoyed before. She sounds like an old kindergarten teacher reading to Story Circle, all raised eyebrows, exaggerated emotions, and crazy character voices. Karen White. I will definitely remember to avoid this name in the future.
He's hilarious! Often it's his rapier wit, sometimes it's his speaking, which sounds like a bulldog gargling marbles. The Congressman I admired for many years-- intelligent, funny, a fantastic debater, a totally dedicated voice for the disenfranchised-- is fully exposed in this book, his missteps and insecurities as well as his triumphs. I miss seeing him give interviews on the daily Washington mess and I wonder sadly if he is the last such character we will have in the Congress. They all seem to go there now to get rich.
This book is a great piece of history, especially on the 2008 financial meltdown. Frank was chairman of the Financial Services committee, so he was in the thick of it and the insider's view here is excellent. Also very instructive on the day-to-day biz of getting legislation passed. I highly recommend this book! May you have a long and happy retirement, Congressman Frank!
I never knew just how ecologically important earthworms are. Never knew they were a special favorite of Darwin's. Did not know they are becoming an important tool in research and in biohazard cleanup. All hail these lowly worms! they are really pretty cool and interesting. The author also gives all the advice you would need to start ypur own wormy compost box.
A great performance by Barbara Rosenblat, oozing French snottiness, and another by Cassandra Morris as a know-it-all 12 year old who has had just about enough of this world. Both are interesting and funny characters, but both also spend more than half the book musing philosophically on subjects ranging from passing thoughts (What is a table? does 'tableness' exist?) to questions about class and identity and self-determination. I think some of it would have interested me as a freshman in Phil 101, but it all got very tiresome after listening to a few hours from these characters. More of the very sketched-in storyline would have made this book a lot more fun. I did like the ending (sad!), but still, not worth the time invested.
This is the second book by McCullough that I have read. It is a very interesting account of events surrounding the Johnstown flood, which I had been taught was just the result of a 100-year storm. But still, I think McCullough can't hold a candle to Timothy Egan, who makes American history stories leap off the page like Indiana Jones, or something!
I do like listening to Edward Herrmann's voice.
Well-written and really interesting, but maybe not for the squeamish. However, the reader is completely ridiculous. Yes, it's a 'memoir', but come on, lady, you are reading graphic descriptions of accidental deaths and clinical dissections, it's not StoryTime at pre-school! The golly-gee-whiz inflection used for the author and her dopey male voices nearly ruin this fascinating book with continual irritation.
The perfect narration of this story of an elderly Aussie woman, in her quavery voice and old regional speech patterns, as she recalls incidents of her childhood, is what raises this simple adventure story to a book with a lasting presence. For young adults, it will start discussions about what makes us civilized, what is a family, the nature of love, interspecies communication, and our responsibility to other species on the planet. As an adult, I was mesmerized by the performance of the reader. Her depiction of a child's experience of loss, and fighting fiercely to keep hold of the next thing, and lifelong regret and sadness, is so real and wrenching. A slow start, but then exciting and haunting.
I am full of admiration for the author, as the amount of research behind this book and the thoroughness of it are mind-boggling. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not very interested in learning about the assassination of President Lincoln. It is extremely detailed, with virtually every fact being supported by quotes from printed media, private letters, police files, court documents, government sources, or photographs. Very rarely, when that last shred of proof cannot be found, the author presents his opinion (rather confidently), and moves on.
All in all, this is an amazing achievement. I learned an immense amount of my own country's history, was enthralled by the man (Lincoln) himself, and now I understand why he is beloved, and such an icon. The description of his funeral, and then the huge crowds meeting the funereal train carrying his body back to Indiana was vividly brought to life, and was very moving.
It's not historical fiction, it's not Bill O'Reilly, so save your credit there.
If you are a history buff, or a Lincoln buff, or a civil war buff....this is fascinating. This is the one to read.
The doctor was a sociopath, rapist and sadist who couldn't have stumbled into a better position; replacing the only doctor in a small, rural, heavily Mormon town. The sexual innocence of the Mormon women and their total obeisance to men gave him 25 years to indulge his sick urges with Mormon women, girls, and babies.
Jack Olsen's account is detailed and spellbinding from beginning to end. When, finally, a legal investigation is begun, the problems seem insurmountable. Sex is a taboo subject for Mormon women. Doc the sociopath has charmed many in the town.
There is another disturbing dimension, that the doctor is not Mormon, and heads his own Christian church in town. An ugly anti-Mormon tone starts to dominate the case, and the victims are shunned and blamed as Doc faces the justice system.
The spectre of religious hatreds tearing a community apart, while abused women are blamed for causing all the trouble and the littlest victims of a truly evil child molester are ignored, is so confusing, so upsetting...and this happened in the 1980's! It sounds like another century, but it's not! It's just hard to believe, and the recording is hard to turn off. Excellent investigative reporting, and excellent, unemotional 'just-the-facts-ma'am' narration that suits this True Crime story.
I can't add much more to the praise that has been heaped on this magnificent achievement of authorship. But I must say, this rare book made me experience a range of emotions on a gut level; literally, as the description of one POW's beating brought on dizzying waves of nausea. I raged with (not proud to admit this) hatred for the Japanese, and their cultural teachings about cruelty and pride, so white-hot I could barely sit still to listen to some passages. The small kindnesses that the POWs used to keep their humanity in captivity moved me so deeply, I found myself praying for these characters, longing for their release like they were my own kin. The strength they found in themselves, used for each other, seems of divine provenance. I was....can't describe it. 'Lifted'.
The author's ability to so deftly weave the depths of depravity that humans can reach right along side the heights of selfless love is just brilliant! He is just brilliant!
It's been a week since I finished this book, and I have not been able to start another. Nothing seems interesting enough after the extraordinary experience of listening to "The Narrow Road to the Deep North".
It's a story we all know--young love, the excitement of everything new, making plans, marriage, baby comes, routines start, someone gets restive and the poop hits the fan.
This short, wonderful book is the story told by an omniscient third person, describing bits of 'the wife's' memories, sweet, stinging, sad, terse, & revealing.
And my description is light years from how witty, and profound, and stunning this book is. Fantastic, really.
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