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review 2017-10-16 02:32
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ★★★☆☆
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition - Ken Kesey,John C. O'Reilly

I can see why some people praise this book so highly, and I can see how it was such a hit at the time it was published, even without the iconic movie starring the always-crazy Jack Nicholson. The imagery is compelling, as is the unreliable voice of the (?) paranoid schizophrenic narrator through which we experience the events. It works well as a rather heavy-handed political/social allegory, but I found myself unable to get past the unapologetic racism and misogyny presented as a fun way to break from societal norms and expectations.

 

I was much more interested in the audio “extra” at the end of the story: an NPR interview by Terry Gross of the author, who explains the origins of the story, his first-hand experiences as a subject of the CIA’s LSD experiments conducted on students in the 1960’s and as an aide in a psychiatric hospital.

 

Audiobook via Audible. The author’s unpolished reading of his own work really fits the story.

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text 2017-06-15 20:12
One Flew Over The Cuckoo´s Nest - DNF
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition - Ken Kesey,John C. O'Reilly

I haven´t listened to this audiobook once in the last three weeks, so I will DNF it. The narrator does a reasonably good job, but the story just isn´t for me.

I have already deleted the audiobook from my phone (that´s how much I liked it), so I´m not exactly sure how many minutes I have listened to (i guess it´s been about 3-4 hours). Since I don´t exactly know I will net 2 hours of listening time, which amounts to approximately 50 pages read in the print version.

 

Ken Kersey has been born before 1955 and this has been one of my Memorial Day extra rolls.

 

Page Count: 320 pages - DNF at approx. 50 pages

Money earned: $1.00

 

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review 2017-06-05 14:50
The Buck Stops Here
Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard

As of now I have read or listened to all of the books in Bill O'Reilly's "Killing..." series and I just finished reading this one.

 

It is very good, is a fast read, is written like a mystery and this one appears to be in chronological order.  

 

I learned several things about the atomic bombs which I did not know as well as more about WWII history which we should all know about.

 

I highly recommend this book.  

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review 2017-05-27 02:28
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West by David Fisher, Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West - David Fisher,Bill O'Reilly

 

 

Author: Bill O'Reilly

Title: The Real West

Series: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

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How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers?

Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West?

All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.
Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative,

Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.

 

 

 

 

 

I wasn't as impressed by this book as I thought I would be.

The accumulation of persons written about and the information that was included wasn't really anything new that isn't already known.

Ignoring the misspelling and other errors it just wasn't that big a deal. Granted I've always been a fan of history figures I think I was just expecting something else when I got this book.

Legends and Lies was recommended to me by a friend and it was good just wasn't great and didn't include any new information I hadn't already seen written by other authors. 

If you haven't already read about this history or these historical figures before this will be a really great read but for those that have there isn't a whole lot of fresh information or perspective to discover.

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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review 2016-11-17 20:49
Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly
Killing Jesus: A History - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard

This book is odd. It professes not to be a religious book, but most references are to the Bible. I don't have a problem with that, except that I have read the Bible and was looking for how other historical sources tie in. This doesn't offer as much as it could on that score.

It also is written to be nonfiction, and then includes segments that belong in historical fiction. The motivations and thoughts of historical figures are declared as though the narrator has proof of why people acted the way they did. The clothing that people were wearing is described not as an example of what it could have been, but as if there is no doubt. There were assumptions and inaccuracies that made for sloppy nonfiction.

Finally, there is a lot of tense confusion in this book. It seems to constantly skip back and forth between the past tense that I would expect and an awkward present tense.

I have not read any other books by this author, but the writing quality of this one does not make me eager to pick up another.

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