The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
I first read this book back in college in 1992. Back then I used to decompress while I took a bath in the tub. I used to turn into a prune & my wife would have to yell at me to get out before I burst into little water molecules & went down the drain. I’d spend hours just soaking up the storyline.
I remember when I was on page 850, or thereabouts & thinking how sad I was I had only had 400 pages left. I was wondering what I was going to look forward to when I had finished the book. I had fallen in love with the story, the characters, and everything that surround them. I didn’t want to lose them, I wanted the story to go on & on. I didn’t want the story to end.
Since then I’ve turn to listening to “Pillars of the Earth” on Audible (all 42-hours of the unabridged format) about every 3 to 4 years. I love visiting my character all over again & I always pick new things up. No other book has ever taken its place in my heart. I suppose it’s there to stay.
I don’t mind. Few of us ever find a book like this in our lives. I did... back in 1992. Thank you Ken Follett for diverting from the path of “Spy Novelist” & taking that chance into Cathedral building & those lives that surround it & are touched by it.
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.
This is a nice addition to the Alien Series, I only wish it was more clear where it fit into the series as a whole. I believe they Align Universe can be expanded intelligently if done carefully. Their has to be a clear explanation of the relationship between the the Original Prometheus Engineers, their relationship with the Alien species, for their has to be some sort of symbiotic relationship because of the internal design of their ship, but at a much lower intelligence & controllable level which at some point grew out of control.
At some point in the wonderful film, directed by Ridley Scott, David perfected the Alien species, on a DNA molecular level, allowing them to become even more of a formidable species to be contained, even by the “Original Engineers,” allowing them to spread out of control throughout the universe. This action, pointed out by David’s brother, “Walter,” where when even one note is off in the creative process,” has now unleashed an Alien that could be considered to be akin to “opening Pandora’s Box.” How will we put the Genie back in the bottle, so to speak?
It’s a question that if handled properly, could result in many fine & horrifying stories that will keep us reading for years to come. I loved the James Cameron action film “Aliens,” however I believe Ridley Scott has the ability to really delve into the plot of the inner storyline & take us where we want to go. I do like the writing of “Dean Allen Foster,” but I don’t believe he really peels back the layers of the onion to give us a true perspective of a multi-dimensional plot as “Orson Scott Card” was able to do with book adaptation of the 1989 film: “The Abyss.” Compare the film by James Cameron & the book by “Orson Scott Card,” of “The Abyss.” You will be amazed at how much more you enjoy the story after you’ve read the book.
At any rate, I very much enjoyed the Alien prequels... Alien: Prometheus (2012), & Alien: Covenant (2017). I thought Alien (1979), & Aliens (1986) we’re groundbreaking films. All the other Alien films after that we’re terrible & didn’t add to the story line, they were just terrible-B Movies that should be forgotten.
So, I hope we see more, well written books that explore & expand the Alien universe. There is a lot of open space to explore, but I hope it’s done with intelligence & thoughtfulness... & keeps us guessing. There’s nothing more that annoys me than a book, or plot where I know what’s going to happen... or I’ve read before with different name & places.
Thank you for reading.
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was more of a self-help book rather than a drama, and was presently surprised. I highly recommend it.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director/producer Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart.
I have always been impressed with the way Captain Sully carries himself whenever I have seen him on the public stage. He never took the stance of a "Hero" but as someone who had just performed his duties in a life or death situation and was humbled by the attention.
I wanted to get to know this man better, what made him tick and turned him into this man so many others put on the world stage as hero. As I listen to the book, it unfolded his history and the events that shaped his life, the choices he made along the way. With every step, it prepared him for those several minutes when he would be called upon to land his plane in the Hudson. But that is not all, his experiences shaped his marriage, his role as a father, and as the way he lived his life day to day.
We are not all destined to be recognized as a hero, or to achieve our 15-minutes of fame, but even more important is that we live our lives so we are prepared to step up should the need ever arise. Also, even if we are never recognized the way the world believes is important, it's important we are living our lives in a manner to be an example to our family, our friends, and those around us.
A very inspiring, and insightful man. Well done Captain Sullenberger.
Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.
First of all kudos to Scott Brick who is one of the best narrators for audible. He is one of my favorite narrators who really helps to bring life to the characters within a book and in the story.
I have never read a book by this author before but read it because of Scott Brick. I actually found myself looking forward to listening to the next segment whenever I had an opportunity. As the book progressed I found myself going back and listen to chapters over again just to solidify what was actually happening to each individual characters. I really hope there's a second book that delves into what happens to potential OTHERS & "The Tribe."
The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an "eviscerated" version - which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series' history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966-67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.
The fact that many people are included in putting together a full story that eventually ends up on the big screen is evident in most productions. It is interesting to see how an original concept is changed throughout the production process, how ego is involved, and how many people want to take credit for someone else's original idea. "The City On The Edge of Forever" my favorite Star Trek episode. In my opinion, and it is my opinion, what was eventually filmed was better than the original storyline. I did like the original concept and the original story, but I still hold that what ended up on the screen held to the Star Trek franchise and held true to the characters.
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Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.
Loved the book in it's entirety. There was a lot I didn't know that took place in the pacific which has enlightened me about the World War II conflict. As tragic as the A-Bombs were, I still believe it was necessary to drop them on Japan in order to end the war and that in doing so saved countless lives on both sides. I do wish book was read by Bill O'Reilly. I always feel the author has the ability to exhibit passion into his own work.
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It was a time when anything seemed possible, instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury, and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.
The first book I read by Mr. Zuckoff was "13 Hours in Benghazi." By coincidence I next read "Lost in Shangri-La." I then picked up a third book entitles "Frozen in Time." It was at this point I look at the author's name and realize that I had just read three of Zuckoff's books in succession... by accident. He is a wonderful writer and is able to bring which story to life in a way that is rather poetic. His work flows from one chapter to the next and makes you want to continue on in discovery of what comes next. When starting this latest book "Ponzi's Scheme," I was wondering how he could possibly hit 4 home runs in a row. Well, he didi. I listen to the book in less than 3 days, sometimes repeating chapters because of so much information. I can't wait to see what he releases next. In a very short time, he has become one of my top 3 authors. Bravo. and very well done.
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived. On February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, were in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy.
The film was outstanding, but the book was even better. You get a deeper look into the lives and personality of these men. Highly recommended.
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In 79 television episodes of Star Trek and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine. Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows.
FIVE STARS *****
Shatner opens his soul & shares events, including the struggles, the ups & downs between two unlikely people over a 50 year span. The two separate drives that allowed these two men to relate to each other, support each other, & travel life's unpredictable road together. A bond of love that tested life's furnace & came out strong on the other side.
When it comes down to the core we see two human beings with the same frailties, the same fears, the same issues & emotions we all deal with.
This is Shatner's best work. He opens up his soul in a most sensative & human manner. Bravo to Mr. Shatner & to his best friend, our own beloved Leonard Nimoy... Mr. Spock. LLAP
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