Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.
I completely agree with Ruth Nielson's review. She does a great job of summing up the problems with this book. The actions of Barbara Havers are appalling and out of character. I wonder if the author actually wrote this book. I am done with this series.
Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him
I think what makes this book so bad is that other works by Pat Conroy are so wonderful.
When you think it can't possibly get worse - it gets worse.
Thank goodness it is over.
Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
Some will dismiss my low rating. However, it is my feeling that in a world of worthy books, this one is best skipped. It is written to entertain and it will do that, but at a cost. There are many other "popular" books that are equally lurid or much worse. That doesn't make this one better.
I see no value in this book and I do see a lot of harm. I won't be reading anymore of this series.
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"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike.
I had heard lectures by Robert Sapolsky on the internet and was expecting this to be a more in depth science discussion along with some personal experiences.
It turned out to be a memoir of his personal experiences in Africa. His experiences are of two cultures - one human and one Baboon.
At first I was a little disappointed in that there was little scientific discussion of his research. Secondly I didn't like the reader and the writing was odd to say the least. To give credit to the reader, he did the best he could with the strange writing.
None the less, the memoir is authentic and heartfelt. I would not have missed it. Well worth struggling through with the strange delivery.
The power of the message is such that it is hard to rate the book. It probably deserves better than 3 stars but I can't go higher with such strange writing. I will say that the writing is not what is typically encountered as "poor" and "amateurish". The writing is just odd, mixing references to current events, cultural phenomena, Baboon interaction described as animal behavior but lapsing often into human behavior, etc. I wonder if a younger reader (I am retired) could even follow it. The book needs one of those sidebars to explain the odd language and references.
The book gives lots to ponder and to wonder about. The book is a gift of sorts by Sapolsky to everyone else.
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Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.
I found this an enjoyable listen. I would say the story is- more romance than crime but not insipid romance.
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It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.
This seems to me to be two stories, one technical, the other human. The human story makes my guts hurt. The technical story is in my opinion quite flawed. Perhaps the author tries to overwhelm with words what is not quite understood. The book is very long. There are endless technical discussions that more often than not poorly tied to any underlying thread or understanding of Alan Turing.
I am technical and I long suspected that subjects described in length and with which I was not so familiar were gummed up, not quite on the mark and poorly related to telling us of the genius of A. Turing. When the topic turned to one with which I am quite familiar, this indeed proved to be the case.
There are endless passages where there is no "thread". Topics are jumped back and forth through time with little coherency.
The confusion of the story is increased by the faltering delivery of the reader. The reading is quite bad in the first 1/3 or so. The reader often hesitates where he should continue and continues which he should pause. You can try this yourself by reading a few sentences with the wrong inflections, pauses, etc and simple english will be rendered into nonsense. I found myself often jolted as sentence delivery was just "off".
Thankfully, the reader got much better by the end. Of course, he had lots and lots and lots of practice.
I think what I learned in this book will help me to quickly go to other sources and get a better understanding of Turing's technical contributions.
However, it seems to me that the author misses almost completely the incredibly important point that Turing cut his way through previously unknown jungles of ideas. Many of the ideas discussed, at length, are long now, a daily reality of people's lives, so much so, that the ideas no longer seem remarkable. The book needed not just a discussion but a creative device to not just explain this but to make the innovative thought and problem solving significant to the twenty-firth century reader.
Perhaps that's the most damning thing to say about this book, with its endless pages about the work of a truly creative man, is that the book showed no creativity in it's delivery of a very very long story.
This book, with all its words, is not all bad. It just doesn't inspire - at least it did not inspire me.
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Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.
This is a romance. If you like romance fiction, this is probably one of the better ones.
I thought it was predictable and insipid, but I abhor the genre.
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In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.
Might as well listen to a random word generator. So much gibberish. I think there is supposed to be a plot, but you could have fooled me and I have listened to 90 % of it.
There may be little left, but it's too much more for me to listen.
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Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....
A bunch of blubber, chick lit disguised. I really resent this type of blubber being passed off as general fiction.
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In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.
I didn't finish it. But as most of the later books by this author, it's just junk.
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