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Fascinating Introduction into Thai Culture

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-19

Burdett's characters, particularly the protagonist, a bastard half Thai half WASP, raised by a savvy whore and her various clients provides a wonderful intersection of East meets West in a murder mystery that like Thai Culture has layers to peel a way at before arriving to a core realization about the West and East and their cultural assumptions. A novel that definitely entertain and educates about modern society deeply rooted with its ancient past yet approaches modern challenges with a Buddhist pragmatism that will baffle Westerners who have not read this book.

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A Work with Much Depth and Humor

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

The best works entertain as well as educate. Strong Ending achieves both as it takes us into the lives of veterans coping with with mental health issues. Mary Louise Parker's performance is understated so as to allow the voices of the veterans stand on their own with all the raw emotions that struggle to understand and channel into their stand-up routine. I particularly appreciated how the comedic process of self expression and sharing was explained to be therapeutic by the psychiatrist featured.

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A Delightful Dialectic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

A throughly engrossing discussion expressing the teachings of Jesus and Buddha superbly performed the narrator. Both Jesus and Buddha sought to confront the human condition yet go about it in radically different ways: The former seeking to heal and redeem the heart; the latter deny and dissolve it.
We are made deepen our appreciation of the salvific message of Jesus in the course of this dialogue.

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Good narration. Weak story background

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Koko is a well developed anti hero character that the narrator performs quite well. Flynn provides a glimpse in the life of this 25th century chaotic warmth and the semblance of a loyal center in an amoral world. But the blind ambition of Porsche and the lengths she will go to without knowing due to a memory swipe seems more like a writing shortcut to bypass any internal character development or the social context that such ambition would arise from. The novel creates a world of socio economic upheaval with touches of religious political and corporate power structure that it vaguely sketches out, leaving much to be desired.