I actually listened to this story via LibriVox. The narrator was the only voice I really enjoyed. Scrudge's voice grew on mBa! Humbug.
Love that line!
I actually listened to this story via LibriVox. The narrator was the only voice I really enjoyed. Scrudge's voice grew on me toward the end. Everyone else made me cringe.
What a delightful book though. I really do enjoy books by Dickens. Now, I did zone out in a couple places and part of it was because of heavy descriptions on food and other things. Other than that, it held my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Part of me wishes I listened to it before Christmas to really get into the Christmas spirit, but this is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed any time. I'm just sorry I didn't read or listen to it sooner. I also would mind reading it again. While I enjoyed listening to book, I would love to see it in print. I found the writing beautiful. ...more
Listening to this Gathering Blue made me want to crochet. I don't know why is has taken me years to pick up this book and read it. I loved it! AbsolutListening to this Gathering Blue made me want to crochet. I don't know why is has taken me years to pick up this book and read it. I loved it! Absolutely loved it! Lowry's writing is so beautiful and the story she created is so intriguing and wonderful; I am sorry for not reading this back in middle school. Who knows, I may have decided to stick with fashion design or take sewing seriously.
I would love to see what happens next. I'm slightly disappointed with the ending, but that may only be because so many things were revealed and I want to know what happens next.
My reading experience would have been even better if the audio wasn't so low. I could hardly hear Katherine Borowitz. Her voice and tone were pleasant, but I just wish the volume of the recording was raised, that way when I'm driving and listening to the book at max volume, it still won't sound like a gentle whisper. ...more
This was fascinating! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It was great to learn more about Malcolm X, who he really was and the thingsThis was fascinating! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It was great to learn more about Malcolm X, who he really was and the things he stood for. Many people just think of him as a hateful, violent, and racist man, however, this book shows other sides of him.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X is a must read for all those who are interested in social justice and activism. If you're not interested in that then read it for history and for understanding what life was/is like for black people here in America. This book is one of many that shows what centuries of enslavement and racism has had on a physical, psychological, and spiritual level on black people, not only back then, but also today.
When it came to learning about the civil rights era in school, I personally believe all the focus was on MLK and how he preached non-violence in school. We talked a little bit about Malcolm X, but what we learned was that he was the exact opposite of MLK and preached hate and violence along with the black panthers. It wasn't until late high school where we learned a little more details about Malcolm X and even then my teacher regrettable told us that though she wanted to teach us more, she had to adhere to the curriculum and teach us what may be covered on the American History Regents.
Reading this autobiography gave me the opportunity to see another side of the civil rights movement. A side that is often skipped over or just scratched at on the surface instead of digging deep down and seeing the effect of racism and how violent people become when the demand for change and justice threatens the norm.
Another aspect I found so amazing to read about was Malcolm's spiritual journey. As a spiritual person myself, I immediately felt that connection and understood how and why he changed his life around. It was enthralling to see him go through his own spiritual crises then make the trip to Mecca where all of his ideas and beliefs were completely flipped due to his experience there.
I wondered about any bias that may come forth since from this book since the account is primarily told from Malcolm X's point of view. However, Haley did a marvelous job combating this in the epilogue, which I was going to skip until I saw him write how "intense" Malcolm X can be. I was so intrigued by Malcolm, I couldn't stop thinking about the epilogue and ended up reading it though it was 70 pages.
Overall, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was fantastic and I'm glad I finally got the chance to read it. I just wish I read it sooner.
What's it going to be then, eh? Well well well well well, what can I, a lowly writer who doesn't read enough say about this twisted violent book. A boWhat's it going to be then, eh? Well well well well well, what can I, a lowly writer who doesn't read enough say about this twisted violent book. A book filled with murder, rape, and more brutalities, all done by a mere fifteen year old malchick. Oh and of course, we cannot forget that our Humble Narrator and Friend, Alex, govoreets in nadsat, teen slang all throughout the book. I know someone already posted a link for the glossary under their review, but in case you can't find it, I'll post another one, http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Concord...
Okay, I had my fun with the language and style, it'll probably be the last time, I'll use those words in a sentence lol. Anyway, back to the review. As you can see from my ratings, I really enjoyed this book. Now, as said before, there are many disturbing situations and scenes, so be prepared. Nothing is really detailed, or erotic, but nonetheless, you are going to be in the mind of a killer and a rapist...and unless there's just something wrong with me, you're probably going to end up liking him...a lot. I say if you're interested in getting into a criminal's mind and reading his story- like I was ;) I definitely recommend this book to you. However, if you hate having to read things in another language with no dictionary or glossary at your convenience then this book might annoy you. Overall, I really liked reading Alex's story and since I found glossaries online for the language, it wasn't so bad, plus I got used to it. Happy reading :) ...more
I am so glad my friend let me borrow this book. I saw the movie and loved it, so to find out that "Howl's Moving Castle" is originally a book just madI am so glad my friend let me borrow this book. I saw the movie and loved it, so to find out that "Howl's Moving Castle" is originally a book just made my day :)
I loved Diana Wynne Jones writing style. Though it is simple, the tone of it had kept me going and held my attention. I got to learn more about the characters and find out who they really are. For example, Sophie is pretty mean and quite nosy.
I definitely recommend this to those who have seen the movie, that way one can see the story in it's true and original form. To those who have not seen the movie, I still recommend book. If you like fantasy, comedy, you'll love this book. If you can relate to being the oldest in your family and feeling bored with life, then this is a book for you. If you do pick it up and check it out, enjoy! ...more