Monthly Archives: April 2015

World Order, Henry Kissinger

Oh well, another one bites the dust. After listening for more than two hours, I had to give up. I found that by the time the wordy sentences ended, I had no idea where they had originally begun. Although for … Continue reading

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Shame and the Captives, Thomas Keneally

Based on a real historic event, the author has embellished the tale, changing some of the locations and adding characters to create a narrative about prisoners of war during WWII, but the tale concentrates largely on the escape the Japanese … Continue reading

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Find the Good, Heather Lende

How does one describe a book about the writing of obituaries without becoming maudlin? It is easy when describing this book, written by an obituary writer. It is simply not depressing, rather it is absolutely inspiring. The author’s approach to … Continue reading

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Leaving Berlin, Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon has written a very exciting book about the politics and atmosphere in the world shortly after the end of World War II.  With the demise of The Third Reich and the Social Democrats, the overriding fear of the … Continue reading

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H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald

I must apologize, I did not finish this book; I only read about 1/3 of it. I didn’t want to stop listening to it, though, because the audio is excellent. The author’s voice is mesmerizing and her prose is superb. … Continue reading

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The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

The book is about women, brave women who were often unsung heroes, but beneath it all is a story about love, what nourishes it and what undermines it. It is about love withheld and love given freely, about loyalty and … Continue reading

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Jeff Hobbs

Calling this a tragic story is an understatement. What happened to Robert DeShaun Peace is inexcusable. Society failed him even though he was afforded advantages other victims of poverty are not, even though his intelligence was far and above the … Continue reading

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