This is a book I listened to rather than read as I was heading on a long road trip and it was 11 discs, enough for my whole trip I thought. I did notThis is a book I listened to rather than read as I was heading on a long road trip and it was 11 discs, enough for my whole trip I thought. I did not read the box or notes, noise for the trip so that I was not caught with no signal on the radio in the hills of Pennsylvania. It kept me glued and carrying the discs to load into laptop, as I could not stop.
I knew that this story sounded like something I had heard before, it was graphic but somehow intoxicating and familiar to me. Of course, I had heard of the Dahlia tale. I had not seen the movie but I am a noir fan and had seen LA Confidential a number of times and found it fascinating. Was it the cast? Of course, you cannot go wrong with Spacey and Pierce, throw in Crowe and I was caught no matter what. But this was a great story! It needed the visual and the voices. That is why I was glad to listen to this, I did not catch the true connection till I was in disc 3 and I stopped for gas somewhere I could get wifi and do a little research.
The 68 boxing pages at the beginning made Bucky and Lee real, it was anything but boring! I could hear the 40's in the voice of Stephen Hoye (narrator). He was the perfect voice for this, is there a special Grammy for vocal recordings like this? If not , there should be. I am gaining a whole new respect for Audiobooks. I crave a book in my hands bit this sure is better than commercials and talk radio in the car!!!
While I knew that I had reached the end of the Poirot series I had hoped that I would take a bit more time to savor the end. But, no, I finished "ElepWhile I knew that I had reached the end of the Poirot series I had hoped that I would take a bit more time to savor the end. But, no, I finished "Elephants Can Remember" yesterday and read this from cover to cover today!
I understand from some other reviews that Ms Christie wrote this years before it was published and before many of the other Poirot's were written. I guess I need to do some research!!
A fitting, true and perfect ending to a series. As with the first book, "Affair At Styles", Poirot is at the same home with Hasting, his first hunting partner. Both are much older men, slower, but while Poirot's body is failing he is still agile of mind's little gray cells. Hastings has a heavy heart, slower thoughts but still capable of being the capable footwork eyes and ears that Poirot needs to solve his greatest and most deadly hunt for the one who has committed the perfect murder, or is it 5??...more
Oh, I just loved this book! This is a character story that just weaves so many things that I love into one storyline. I love the bowl games, I've spenOh, I just loved this book! This is a character story that just weaves so many things that I love into one storyline. I love the bowl games, I've spent time in places like Century City visiting grandparents, love the theater, I remember calligraphy lessons in the 6th grade (of al things!), and even been part of the turtle rescues on the gulf coast. And I must say that my favorite quote has always been "less is more", I used it this afternoon while working on decor for my daughter's wedding!I It was like this was written for me.
I could go into all of the various themes of the book and how inspiring they are but others have said it better, I am now just feeling the joy of the experience, and yet feeling at the same time Mrs Olinski's sadness that I am done. I need my own Mr. Singh....more
I have an obsession with David McCullough. He tells stories of history that shine on the smallest details. This is a compilation of short works from aI have an obsession with David McCullough. He tells stories of history that shine on the smallest details. This is a compilation of short works from a variety of sources. An Address at a Vermont graduation ceremony, magazine articles, interviews, research for other books that just didn't fit the bill, or subjects that were just too interesting to miss. I loved it all, and as usual, my to be read list grew with each chapter. How can I not start on Truman tonight? Forget that I am in a reading group with a massive History book to read. Or, better still reread The Little Prince, or maybe read about the Rothchilds, I have Out of Africa on my list already so I can know more of Denys Finc Hadden, but then I need something on Beryl Markham. And from Conrad Richter, I only know Light In the Forest from 45 years ago on my summer before high school list; there is so much more. My Antonia needs to be dusted off as well. It will never end! But his last chapters I think are the best. The graduation speech and an Ode to Washington, D.C. I live so close, and know it so little. It will be a discovery that I make this spring with McCullough as my guide.