I can’t say, however, that I liked the story telling. I think this content could have been told much better, so I'm not interested in reading other historical fiction by Max Byrd. If I am to read anything else about Grant, I'll look for non-fiction.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
The former is a precocious child obsessed with Harry Potter, straightforward to the point of adult discomfort with her never-ending questions. She is well-versed with Wikipedia content and experienced in running from children who would physically punish her for being so different.
The latter is a retired surgeon turned grandmother who does and says exactly what she likes when she likes, very little of it socially acceptable.
Grandmother and Elsa survive real-world "idiots" through fairy tale worlds Grandmother has created . . . until Grandmother dies . . . until Elsa is left with last missions from Grandmother that bring adventure and new perspectives of the real world, of cherished fairy tale lands, and even of Grandmother herself.
This book was written by a Swedish author and takes place in Sweden. It's packed with dialogue, told through Elsa’s viewpoint, and caused me to laugh out loud all the way through . . . until I cried . . . and ultimately reached the end quite satisfied as should happen in all good fairy tales. The experience was delightful.
I listened to the book as read by Joan Walker.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
This was a really well woven, enjoyable mystery. Archie's sarcastic, confident voice was as entertaining as ever. I highly recommend this series.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
This is a story of love in many forms, kindness, friendship and even adventure. Almost all of it happening within the walls of the Metropol Hotel. I listened to the book and enjoyed every moment of Nicholas Guy Smith's fabulous voice. Two sentences on the book jacket of the print book sum up this book perfectly for me. "He can't leave. You won't want to."
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sigh. I've reached the end of the entire tale . . . again. It was time, but, still. Sigh.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
This is read by Michael Prichard (who would want to listen to Nero Wolfe books read by anyone else?) and is a really great story.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
This blue book is a primary piece of literature for Alcoholics Anonymous, aimed to be a tool to help those in recovery and those seeking sobriety guide each other through meetings and personal contact. The first section of the book describes how the program came about and how it is designed to work, along with notes to family members and employers of alcoholics. The majority of the book consists of personal stories written by individuals in recovery, each one sharing his/her own struggle and path to sobriety. The appendices are also much-used tools.
The book retains the Foreword from each of the previous editions that, when viewed back to back, are awe inspiring. In 1939, the Foreword identifies Alcoholics Anonymous as “nearly one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.” In 1955, the group had “mushroomed into nearly 6,000 groups whose membership is far above 150,000 recovered alcoholics” in the all 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, all the Canadian provinces, plus communities in six other countries. The 1976 edition conservatively estimated more than one million recovered alcoholics among their ranks belonging to 28,000 groups in more than 90 countries. The 2001 edition celebrates more than two million recovered alcoholics finding sober lives through Alcoholics Anonymous via more than 100,800 groups in approximately 150 countries. Impressive life changes across the globe stem from this book!
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
It's a collection of short stories, hence the title. A handful of the stories feature typewriters, there are a couple sci-fi stories and the last story is more like a radio play production, with actor friends reading the parts. Remember Peter Scolari from Hank's "Bosom Buddies" days? Woe unto the reader who doesn't get to hear that one.
Hope, friendship, love and good people are featured throughout the stories. What a treat!