This book really surprised me. I was expecting a summer fluff piece and instead I was drawn into the world of music. I have had 10 years of classical piano but this book showed me that to have musical genius is a world apart from the average person taking music lessons. I was enthralled as to the mindset of how geniuses feel and "see" music . I could not put this down.
This was a great audio book, and the reader was excellent. It held my attention and was very moving. It was like being wrapped in a blanket and someone was reading to you. I was on a long road trip and never was I tempted to pop the tape and listen to something else.
There was a movie made of this book where Jon Voight is Billy a has been fighter pouring all his hopes into the dream of a comeback. Pouring all his love into his eight year old son and ready to take the last desperate chance to buy his kid a piece of the future. Faye Dunaway was Annie. She left Billy and the kid to find fame, money and glamour. now she can give her child everything he deserves... if he can find it in his heart to forgive her. Ricky Schroeder was T.J. his father's greatest fan. A smart, scrappy, big-hearted little boy caught in a squeeze between his Mom and Dad, he knows that no matter what happens Billy was, is and always will be "the Champ"
Wow. There are some "monster moms" in this world and this guy had a doozer of one. I had to put this book aside several times because it was so intense what this poor boy endured and it is so heartbreaking.
This was one of tirst Michael Connelly books that I read and he sucked me right in. I am usually the type of person that needs to read the books of a series in order but I don't feel it is necessary with this author. Each of his books tell enough about him and even though the author layers his charachter with each book I don't feel like I am missing anything skipping around. Also I have become such an addict that I will read whatever comes first from PBS/ My favorite book though is still Black Hole where he goes into Harry Bosch's experiences as a tunnel rat in Vietnam....nuther book. Anyways. I am glad this author is so prolific as it will keep me happy for at least another year or so.
Got tired of Grafton,, got bored with Cussler, Snoozed with Patterson but I have listened or read about 10 of Michael Connellyy's books and do not tire of the guy. I like the readers of the audio, and the author is not linear. I love it. Also excited that this author is so prolific. Usually this is the kiss of death as they have their formula and rake in the dough but Michael Connelly is smart and I love his style. I will be sad when I have tead all of his 30 or 40 books.
Had heard about this book from many quarters and when I saw it in audio at the library-I grabbed it. I am about 3/4 through it and love it but I have a few comments or reservations. I think that if I was reading it I would be skipping pages big time. I think the whole book is a fascinating premise and very well written but it could be compacted without losing a whole lot of drama- in fact i feel it would add to the suspense. I think it is way too drawn out and wordy and although I love the charachters if I hear about Colin taking his Gobstopper out of his mouth and what the color is one more time I will throw the book into the ocean outside of my bedroom window without compunction. I love the historical references but as mentioned earlier i think it could be tightened up.
I am in the midst of listening to this in the unabridged version and I keep thinking ...when is the action going to begin. I am getting descriptions of forests, mountains, bears, whiskey, but it seems that the author is just writing to fill up the pages. Yes there are a few sex scenes but this in no way comes up to the level of the original Outlander book. I can only hope that something interesting is going to happen otherwise I am not going to get the next 20 cd's of the second half of this book. Yawn.
This author is hilarious. I loved how she explained her upper class East Indian family and the resulting cultural clash she experienced in New York City. Also found her own coming to terms with her heritage to be very interesting. Now reading her second book.
I originally bought this book for my kids when they went off to college. They ended up each wanting their own copy and then when I tried the recipes I ended up buying my own copy. For example the stir fried chicken recipe is the best of any Oriental stirfry I have every come across. Also a great section on setting up your first pantry. They also encourage creativity with "Make it Your Own" suggestions using alternative ingredients.
This is a remarkably enjoyable read for a management book. He uses a lot of examples which are very useful. I read it in about 2 days and got a lot of great ideas. He does not seem like the "typical" military boss - very likeable and it is obvious he gets the job done in very creative ways.