One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
An eye opener , incredible window onto a life and culture few outsiders can imagine told with humor and conviction. Must read.
In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become "summer sisters".
Was looking for a light listen good for the road
That would keep me interested yet not demand too much ch concentration. This was perfect. It's a great chick story, easy to follow, mostly chronological, characters well enough developed to care , albeit in a guilty pleasure sort of way, about what happened to them.
The peak into the realm of the rich and famous
Delivered a bit in over-the-top wannabe blasé
Tones by reader, but excusable.
I liked the relationship between the pre-pubertal girls the best, it rang the truest.
Good company on road trip or while doing chores.
New York City, 1954. The Cold War is heating up, Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for communists in America, the newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over the city.
Was completely caught up in the story, the suspense and the vivid scenery of the McCarthy era NY.
Characters with depth to love and hate.
Not my usual genre, but will look for more with this author and this reader. Followed that smoky voice through every page Love the unlikely hero. Good guy with a real bad attitude
It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.
Perfect voice for the story which appears deceptively sluggish at first, but somehow did not let me go to the end, to which I listened twice.
Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.
This story consumed and mesmerized me
From beginning to end.
What I cannot stand is that it's over.
Wish I was starting on this journey all over
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The narrator of this amazing story starts off sounding a bit monotonous, but this voice turns out to be perfect. No drama needed in the voice. the characters, the events, the history which is interwoven in such a bone chillingly real and almost too close for comfort manner needs no drama added. I was at the edge of my seat during the competition sequences and continued to listen even while not driving--I usually don't allow myself to do that. A must listen!
Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.
Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?
Did not read print, but loved the audio
What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?
It's a completely realistic fantastic story. I hung on every one of Pi's words. I could imagine that events would have unfolded just that way. Pi's spirituality and his parent's bafflement at this was touching. Mostly, to me, his connection to the animals who were as they were. This was not Disney.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Pi decided that he has animal management skills and started to train Richard Parker.
The realism and drama were continued as Pi continued to re-enforce the training as needed, always aware, always alert.
Never relying on a perceived "connection" to Richard Parker.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I could not wait for the movie, which was done well, though, as usually, could not transmit all that the book did. Also, it was toned down for the children who probably expected a Disney animal story.
Loved the visuals. It struck me by how much I had the sense of deja vu, since the words had already painted the pictures for me, shade by subtle shade.
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As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?
Yes, I'm a fan of Tom Wolfe. I keep the hope.
Would you recommend Back to Blood to your friends? Why or why not?
Not this one, and it pains me to say that
What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?
Lou Diamond Phillips has many convincing voices and gives a great show
Was Back to Blood worth the listening time?
yes, but irritating
Any additional comments?
Mr Wolfe's use of repeated, repeated, repeated words and phrases was probably supposed to paint a picture and impress the reader of the importance of that sentiment. It worked for the first three or four times, then it turned old, old, old. I felt nagged, nagged, NAGGED and whacked over the head --over and over and over again. Bam, bam, bam, bam...you get the picture. Was the story not long enough? Did he feel he had to quadruple the length of the content? Did he not trust his readers to GET IT? Did he think he was writing a film script? As much as I liked Mr Phillips' dramatic performance, I started to have an urge to stuff a pillow in his face. It is still a credit to Mr Wolfe's story telling genius that I stuck through the whole thing, but irritated, irritated, irritated!!!
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