I read this book late '95 or early '96 because my Dad recommended it to me. He died in '96 so it's been a long, long time since I've read it because II read this book late '95 or early '96 because my Dad recommended it to me. He died in '96 so it's been a long, long time since I've read it because I don't own the book. This story was amazing and I remember being absolutely flabbergasted that this was a first novel. The introduction of the "new" forensics and the search for the killer kept me on the edge of my seat. Now that I've remembered this book I'm excited because Audible has it narrated by George Guidall. Can't wait to hear it too....more
I read this twice in the mid/late 90's and have forgotten most of it, I just remember at the time that there were certain things that stuck in my headI read this twice in the mid/late 90's and have forgotten most of it, I just remember at the time that there were certain things that stuck in my head and we would quote things at each other frequently. Time for a dust off and a re-read. Pulling out the soul searchers again! I do remember that much of this moved me!...more
Brilliant trilogy!! I read/listened to these 1,2,3 in less than a week! This was nail biting, hair twisting, up all night because I can't wait to seeBrilliant trilogy!! I read/listened to these 1,2,3 in less than a week! This was nail biting, hair twisting, up all night because I can't wait to see what's happening next trilogy. Including this last book. I had to do all three books. While in book one I purchased 2 and 3, and was not sorry in the least. I was only sorry when they were done. I was well entertained and more than a little tense! Exactly what a good story is for!!! Not one of the books in this trilogy was a disappointment for me. I say start with one and see what you think, then keep going because you won't be able to help yourself! This is actually one of very few story-lines and sets of characters that has stayed in my memory for an extended period, and it has to be an exceptional book for that to happen. It's why I can read books so repetitively....more
This was another OMG, I can't put this down book!!!!! Much more Lisbeth, and history. Read these in order to keep up, especially if unfamiliar with thThis was another OMG, I can't put this down book!!!!! Much more Lisbeth, and history. Read these in order to keep up, especially if unfamiliar with the towns, and other Swedish references, it's easier to keep up. The story is fast and fab! I am so sorry we've lost Stieg Larsson already. This man was a master story teller! ...more
I fell in love with this book the minute I started it. Busy and entertaining from the word go. Lizbeth Salander - I wanted to be her, genius, tough, vI fell in love with this book the minute I started it. Busy and entertaining from the word go. Lizbeth Salander - I wanted to be her, genius, tough, versatile, survivor. Plus the idea that this was Swedish didn't hurt, I've recently developed in the past 5 years or so a real interest in my Swedish roots. (I'm 1/2 Swede -3rd generation) So this was really fun to read, it never slowed down. Of course I jumped right into books 2&3 after this. The story of the author is interesting in itself. The narration is fabulous, Simon Vance doesn't disappoint. (like he could) I couldn't stop listening, this was a sleep stealer!...more
These just keep getting better. I can't help but love Bartimaeus, and Simon Jones as Narrator is unbelievable!! Nathaniel and Kitty are really developThese just keep getting better. I can't help but love Bartimaeus, and Simon Jones as Narrator is unbelievable!! Nathaniel and Kitty are really developing as characters! The rebellion is at full tilt and Nathaniel needs Bartimaeus again. Kitty has come into her own and the three connect fully in this volume. I love these stories. The end does have some hang to it, more story or leave it to your imagination, who knows? It doesn't matter, this was hours of purely gratifying entertainment, and please start with book one if you want to read/listen, but DO read/listen to these books. Simon Jones once again takes this story to an indescribable level, and for those with a busy, busy life; audio-books are miracles! I hate to write spoilers so I won't, but if you like a magic with a little bit of dark, a lot of hysterical sarcasm and wit, and surprisingly some real heart, try these stories!!!...more
This may have been a step up from Amulet, but it's a close call! New view from Kitty, and Nathaniel may be a twit, he's 14 and that explains a lot, buThis may have been a step up from Amulet, but it's a close call! New view from Kitty, and Nathaniel may be a twit, he's 14 and that explains a lot, but Bartimaeus is as sarcastic and funny as ever. I just love these books for the pure pleasure of the listen. Simon Jones can't be beat as a narrator and the story is just superb. Dark and scary twists that keep you sucked in. Can't beat that!!!...more
I listen to a lot of YA books and I loved this! This was a thoroughly entertaining book with Bartimaeus is a djinni summoned by an 11 yo who has minimI listen to a lot of YA books and I loved this! This was a thoroughly entertaining book with Bartimaeus is a djinni summoned by an 11 yo who has minimal powers to control him, but has studied relentlessly to get the power to do the summoning in an act of revenge/retribution. It is a funny romp through London with intrigue and situations far beyond an 11 year old's depths, but he lands himself in a pile by having Bartimaeus steal the Amulet for him. Simon Jones is an excellent narrator and this is a book I've listened to more than once and will listen to again!...more
I actually didn't start this book until 3 days ago and hate that I didn't start it sooner. It was entertaining, unique and so totally unexpected!!! II actually didn't start this book until 3 days ago and hate that I didn't start it sooner. It was entertaining, unique and so totally unexpected!!! I laughed aloud more than once. I want to grow up to be Buck! This was the most original protagonist ever and I loved him!!! The story kept moving and I could relate to his needing a 'memory book'. I'd tell you more but I don't want to blow the story and give too many spoilers. I will say that one line, the way it was presented in the book, had me laughing for a full day. Buck told his Grandson "It's not that I don't care about people, it's just that I don't like them" or something similar, but the way it was set up I just kept giggling about it all day. Like an itch that won't go away, scenes in the book keep popping up in my head and making me smirk at unexpected and totally inappropriate moments during the day. I also loved the moments of Buck thinking about his relationship with his wife through the years and how their love had changed and grown. Thank you Daniel Friedman for something fresh and from a perspective I've not read yet, I really needed that! Plus the added fun of having it set in the town in which I live!...more
This was great, it was not so much over my head. It was a practical book, it explained about the difference in dirty bombs and why so much gasoline waThis was great, it was not so much over my head. It was a practical book, it explained about the difference in dirty bombs and why so much gasoline was so powerful, liquid gasoline is equal to TONS of TNT, it explained is simple scientific terms how the molecules vibrate creating more energy causing the other molecules to vibrate and gasoline is just about the most powerful explosive around because it ignites in the air- or something like that. He said if the president got a call about a dirty bomb, unless it was in a stadium full of don't evacuate a city because the panic would cause more catastrophe than the bomb. You have to know what kind it is too. It talked about the facts of global warming and the cherry picking both sides do to make their "agenda" the valid one. This was a great book just laden with fact and misinformation ladled out to people, possible viable alternatives to fuel use with realistic consequences. The true numbers after Chernobyl and what they meant as a whole after the leak. This was a simple non-biased, if you were president you need to know this so don't get bamboozled. We needed it so we wouldn't have been bamboozled, this "felt" like one of the most honest books I've listened to while not boring me to death. It lays out arguments both side of the political spectrum have used while not using numbers that are vital to result. Less scientifically over my head, and way less preachy. This book is just about what is, without excessive embellishment, and what that means in the way of fuel use decisions for the future. etc....more
I liked this book a lot, it got kind of dry sometimes but the concept of neuro-plasticity is just neat, to be non-technical. I've tried meditating andI liked this book a lot, it got kind of dry sometimes but the concept of neuro-plasticity is just neat, to be non-technical. I've tried meditating and can't do it unless guided, millions of eastern practitioners can't be wrong. This is actually about Bio-neurology. Your brain can repair itself to an extent after injury and this Doctor uses long-term protocols of meditation therapy to treat bi-polar disorder, TBI, depression and things using this restorative method. Granted, it won't work if the injury is too severe and it takes time and patience, but I wish I could find someone that understands this more in my area. It makes sense to me, think about these guys that can control their respiratory and heart rates for extended periods of time. Dr Siegel helps his pt step out of the emotional response and view it as an outsider - even with kids, and helps get those nerves in the frontal lobe healed somehow so they can stop having the limbic response to stress. He went through several cases and explained from start, even one that didn't work after a wreck with extreme damage. It would be great if we could do one more thing that works for real without sky-high pharmaceuticals, but the protocol is at least 9 months so it is work, not a quick fix. Worth it? I'd think so. I'll be listening again. It was too much info for me to catch the first time, so I might have misstated in this review what I think I understood. I been wrong once or twice. (an hour) Which is why he gets the re-listen soon, maybe twice, this subject fascinates me. I've listened to other books with this subject and they are not as visually descriptive, which really helped me understand this a bit better....more
This book probably would have gotten 5 stars instead of 4 if I understood more of it, but what I got was a lot of fun. This is stuff that is consistenThis book probably would have gotten 5 stars instead of 4 if I understood more of it, but what I got was a lot of fun. This is stuff that is consistent but why? The expanding of our universe, and when they got to the equations, I just duh-ed out! Dang though this stuff is cool, I wish I was smarter in physics. They really could have put more in this book and it would have been fine, because the stuff that I did get it was well presented and fascinating. We've come so far and then something just flips the whole process upside down. Not that the Newton theory of gravity is wrong, or that Einstein wasn't onto something, but the massiveness of the whole idea I just couldn't wrap around it. I'm gonna have to give my head a break with the energy thing and try again. I felt so bad for the scientist that were working on "cold fusion". They were a laughing stock and disgraced in their day, but that story kept me riveted.
I really feel like I rambled through this, the ideas feel like they are so close to catching, even though they're mysteries, the parts I didn't get are scratching at the edge of "you can understand more of this". I think it's because of how well the book was done. If I listen again once or twice, I might just be a little smarter, about what I don't know. LOL. Don't let my complete incoherency divert you from this book, my mind runs its own goofy track. This is a keeper!...more
I liked this book a lot. I was reading some of the other reviews and some of the two star say "controversial" and "liberal" and "conservative bashing"I liked this book a lot. I was reading some of the other reviews and some of the two star say "controversial" and "liberal" and "conservative bashing", and that he only went through 12 history books. Give me a break, history in school was boring. They all said the same things, and yes they all were very Euro/ethno-centric. I discovered that when I took the History of Women in America for my College class. By what you learn in grade school you would think that the only creatures on Earth that had brains at all were European/WHITE/males and that what we did for America and ourselves was wonderful.
I thought this was a fabulous book. We didn't discover America, we invaded and conquered. There was a large existing "civilization", they were fighting for survival, but were labeled as the savages because they were different. There are so many people who should be mentioned in history for what they did. He mentions Helen Keller because she didn't want to be remembered as the blind girl who learned to communicate with the help of her teacher, but as a woman, realizing she came from a family of means, was a socialist fighting for those who didn't have the same opportunities that she did. Fighting for equality while President Wilson was wanting segregation. They were just two people, with different beliefs, heroised for things they did not stand for in the long run. This is what the book is about - the slight distortions, and the omission's that make our texts, ethno-centric "feel-good" rote memory texts. When the truest history can't be known unless the person in question journaled and wrote a lot of letters.
Also he mention's that the Arabs, and Afro-Phonecians (sic?) were highly skilled navigators and there are records of cross Atlantic travel in the years BC. I do wish that was general knowledge. I just saw some ugly remarks on a forum somewhere by some idiot about how he was here first, they hauled the other guy over in a boat. Dumb***, RIIIGHT and how many centuries old are you????. Snork, I just thought it had some great points, like while Caucasoid inhabit the east, the Hispanics are on the west coast creating the cowboy culture basically, but that's not in there either, South America, Mexico and California just magically populated with that mix. I thought he just brought up our pointedly purposeful ignorance, which I still seem to see a lot of today. I thought it was great, made be want to read more, because that may explain a lot about some of the pyramid similarities etc. This book was just about the good ol' US of A, but it actually got more than a few gears churning....more