Fearless was a gripping story of love, devotion, and courage. Although I thought I knew a great deal about drug addiction and what it took to overcome...moreFearless was a gripping story of love, devotion, and courage. Although I thought I knew a great deal about drug addiction and what it took to overcome it, I learned so much more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a family member who is fighting a similar battle. Eric Blehm has give the reader a detailed and truthful picture of Adam Brown--his victories and his faith, as well as his demons, all wrapped up in a page turning story. As a bonus the reader is taken into the world of the Navy Seals on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Although, this is not my genre, this story demonstrated such great heart that I will pick up Eric Blehm's previous non-fiction books and be on the lookout for the one he is working on. I listened to this as an audio book on my three mile morning walks and thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as the author interview at the end of the recording. Although my favorite form of reading is to sit down with a physical book, I am now hooked on audio books. They are a terrific way to fill times when it is not possible to hold a book. (less)
“Have Fun & Get It Done,” is the perfect gift for high school and college students. It is filled with valuable information on setting goal and sta...more“Have Fun & Get It Done,” is the perfect gift for high school and college students. It is filled with valuable information on setting goal and staying focused while enjoying all that college has to offer inside and outside of the classroom. Jenee Dana’s resource guide on having fun and getting through college in three years is no pie-in-the sky concept. The author graduated from UCLA in 3 years. She writes in a whimsical style that is engaging and easy to read. Her down to earth, straightforward message will resonate and inspire. When I picked up this book for my granddaughter, I intended to scan it before giving it to her, but found myself reading it from cover to cover and enjoying it. Her quotes from various sources are on the mark as well as entertaining. What I found particularly engaging was the similarity to Jenee Dana’s tips and the concepts I have taught to high-level executive on Time Management and Negotiating Skills. Dana has clearly mastered those skills. So although the core audience is high school and college students, “Have Fun & Get It Done,” is a fabulous guide to a successful and satisfying life.(less)
I am amazed at how many intelligent writers are reading only the first forty pages of the first book in the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy and slamming...moreI am amazed at how many intelligent writers are reading only the first forty pages of the first book in the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy and slamming it. It appears that many focus only on the kinky sex, condemning the novels as shallow and poorly written. I found them neither. I must admit that I listened to the trilogy as audio books. Becca Battoe was the perfect voice for the naïve Anastasia as well as her engaging inner goddess and subconscious. Perhaps, if I had been reading the first book rather than listening on my three mile morning walks, I might have put it down. I still prefer sitting down with a physical book but have become hooked on audio books for my down time. While I don’t relate to S&M, I was drawn into the psychology and love transformation. The second and third books are stronger in plot and dive more deeply into the character of Christian Gray. At the end of Fifty Shades of Gray Freed, the reader not only finds out more about Christian’s past but is given the first meeting from his POV. The buzz, which has labeled these novels as only for a narrow, shallow-minded nitch of women who don’t read much or read only thinly plotted books, is a disservice to the E L. James and the readers who have earned her a $200,000 a day income. The Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy is being read and talked about in all types of circles. I will definitely follow this author and wish her much success.(less)
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. However, Guilty Wives is not one of my favorites. It begins with an improbable yet engaging premise. Th...moreJames Patterson is one of my favorite authors. However, Guilty Wives is not one of my favorites. It begins with an improbable yet engaging premise. The research on the French penal system was extensive, but too many days of brutality and filth caused me to begin skimming--something I seldom do, particularly with Patterson. However, the over use of French phrases ( or any language I do not know) slows the pace, which was the case in Guilty Wives. And yet the plot was intriguing and I did not put the book down. I read to a satisfying conclusion. (less)
Excellent story with phenomenal twists. My favorite way to enjoy a story is with a book in my hand, however, I have recently become an avid fan of aud...moreExcellent story with phenomenal twists. My favorite way to enjoy a story is with a book in my hand, however, I have recently become an avid fan of audio books, finding I am able to enjoy many more books and authors in this manor (while on a walk, in the car, getting dress, and a myriad of mindless tasks) Although the narrator of this novel was very good, he did not clearly indicate changes in chapters or scenes, therefore due to being unfamiliar with German names, audio was not the best choice for me to enjoy this book. However, this was an excellent novel and Nele Neuhaus is an author I would love to follow. Since I do not know German, hopefully some of her other novels will be translated into English.
A huge disappointment. Did not enjoy attempting to plow through the street lingo, Lynley, the mane characters was missing and Barbara Havers did not c...moreA huge disappointment. Did not enjoy attempting to plow through the street lingo, Lynley, the mane characters was missing and Barbara Havers did not come in until the very end.(less)