There are worse crimes than murder.
Millar is very good at bringing the reader into the mins of her characters. In this instance two young girls are protagonists. She cleverly misleads the reader about how the plot will be resolved.
She also does a good job of recreating the daily life of the mid twentieth century.
Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy, industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom - a master of manipulation named Hecate - has connections with the highest in power and plans to use them to get his way.
It was like reading Macbeth for the first time. Fascinating to realize that Nesbo either read it in English and then conceived the idea of doing a contemporary version which he wrote on Norwegian and was then translated back into English. While character names were mostly preserved as wella as some famous lines. No tale of sound and fury signifying nothing. I was prompted to learn more about the origin of the play and the historical Macbeth. To me that means I was involved in the book which means it was successful.
Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!
The title was only marginally related to the story in my view, but the characters and plot carried the story along quite well. Not sure how someone who didn't grow up in the Vietnam era would relate. Some characters just had brief walk-on parts. A good mystery in the end.
Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.
The lecturer departs from what I think of as the traditional to stress usefulness of writing complex sentences he refers to add Master sentences, as one moves from being an apprentice to a master by completing a masterpiece. As a listner I found his listing of many unfamiliar grammatical terms a little off-putting. Still it opens the door for further thought and learning. The PDF that accompanies the audio, as well as the host of other writers and teachers referenced promise to be a rich source for future learning.
Artful reading-the way we read novels and short stories-is less about reading for specific information and more about reading to revel in the literary experience. Learning the skills and techniques of artful reading can improve your life in many ways, whether you're a fiction reader, an aspiring writer, a book club member, or a student.And the best part: These skills are not difficult or unwieldy; rather, they are well within your reach.
I see why the instructors students think so much of him. He provides a sense that he is personally concerned about you and demonstrates his enthusiasm for the subject.
A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.
Starting on prehistoric England the Roman and then Viking conquest are told followed by by William the conqueror. The Henry's are brought to life and finally the tumultuous time of Elizabeth and the Armada. Many details.
In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. During the four extraordinary years that Michelangelo spent laboring over the ceiling, power politics and personal rivalries swirled around him. He battled ill health, financial and family difficulties, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the Pope's impatience - a history that is more compelling than most novels.
I enjoyed hearing this telling of the story of Michaeiangelo's painting of the chapel ceiling. It adds detail my knowledge of the era and enhanced my understanding of the work.
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."
Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.
A good mystery with several unexpected twists. Many loose ends come together and in the end the conclusion is how important is that role of chance in life.
For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
A refreshing approach to the self help genre. The author offers refreshing insights into finding satisfaction with life. I did get tired of the deluge of f words. Some shock value and perhaps a good way to make a point.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
A great enrichment of my understanding of Grant. A fresh an interesting perspective on Grant's battles. I now have a much better understanding of the scandals and corruption during his presidential administration. Most of all I see him as a human and a man.