Vincent van Gogh is best known for two things – his sunflowers and his ear-cutting. But there are many other ways of knowing this remarkable son of a Dutch pastor, who left his chill homeland for the sunshine of Arles in the South of France; and left us over a thousand frank letters of struggle and joy, to help us glimpse his inner world. Vincent came late to painting after spending time in London trying to be a Christian missionary.
Would you listen to Conversations with Van Gogh again? Why?
If you care about the subject matter, it's an interesting conversation. Very clever concept - could be a one-man play.
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No. I couldn't finish this book. While I mostly enjoyed the first 20 hours of the book, the main characters redundantly, sad life becomes both emotionally overwhelming and at the same time incredible boring as it's the same thing over and over. Very frustrating.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
There are hours of this book that are unnecessary. An abridged version would have been far better.
When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.
If you can get passed the whining kid for much of the book you'll enjoy the characters. Story a bit flawed and took far too long to get to the punchline.
Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
Any additional comments?
The story is interesting, but it does lag a bit near the end. I am not sure why this established him as such an icon as I thought the writing was good, but not great.
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The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.
The development of each character is done so skillfully along with a very good performance makes this one of those books that during the day you wonder what/how they are doing just as if they were people of which you are friends. Excellent read/listen.
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From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.
I feel like a learned a lot about him and it's all very good. You tend to forget these are real people with real life issues. I also had forgotten how far back his tennis career reached. The best thing about the book is that what you likely thought about him is not at all accurate. Very interesting.
A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
Well, I never was a particular fan of Mr. Lowe, but I did enjoy his work on The West Wing. With that said, I took a chance on a recommendation of a friend and 'read' the book. Who knew that he's lead such an interesting life. Truly great stories and his impressions of the characters of his life are very entertaining.
Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.
Great characters who you can cheer. When put into perspective, the choices presented and made by these characters become very understandable. The politics, the extremist and those caught in the middle make for a great piece of fiction that probably mirrors real life more than any of us would want to admit. Frighteningly plausible.
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.
This is a wonderful story about the type of life we all lead. It's a story of love, forgiveness and decisions that will have you deeply involved in the characters. Several reviews complained about the amount of medical jargon, but I didn't mind it and felt I may have learned a little something too.
Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.
A great book made a little less great by the authors (or narrative character’s) relentless sarcasm and clear distain for America and Americans. Although somewhat necessary to support the development one of the characters, it’s really overdone. That said, the main character is someone to admire for his courage, strength and faith in his destiny. A really wonderful piece of work and I enjoyed nearly all of it.
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