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review 2019-02-23 14:50
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry

I´ve been listening to this audiobook since November and I finally finished it. It was a reading experience that I didn´t particularly enjoy. 

 

Stephen Fry´s narration is amazing, the story in itself is not and the only thing that saved this book from a worse rating is the narration.

My main problem with this book is that J.K. Rowling doesn´t know when to stop. In the first half not a whole lot is happening in regards to the actual story, it´s all about grumpy teenage Harry and Dolores Umbridge and just how horrible she is (which she truly is, but I don´t have to get it told over and over again). Almost 13 hours of this stuff is a whole lot to take. In the second half of the book the plot gets more variety, but I was so fatigued by the first half of the book that I didn´t care about the rest of it.

 

The good thing, however, is that I can use this audiobook for the Snakes and Ladders game as a book written by a woman. 

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review 2019-02-23 13:55
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster - Stephen L. Carter

Eunice Hunton Carter was an amazing woman, and I'm glad that Stephen Carter wrote this book about her.  Ms. Carter lived in a time when it was shocking for a woman to want to be more than a wife and a mother and shocking for an African-American to want to be an attorney, and yet she got her law degree and had an amazing career.

 

Mr. Carter writes engaging narrative non-fiction, and makes his subject, her surroundings and the time in which she lived come alive.  I had intended to share my copy of the book with all of the women lawyers I know (and I know a lot of them!), but after a discussion with a male colleague, I think men are the ones who need to read this book as a reminder that women's incredible achievements can get swept under the rug of history.

 

 

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2019-02-23 05:12
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Elevation - Stephen King

What a weird and oddly charming story. I don’t know if I liked Scott forcing friendship on someone who didn’t want it. And King takes a realistic look at Castle Rock in today’s political climate.  He shows us a town that is behind the times a bit, but trying to be a bit better. 

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text 2019-02-23 01:56
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Elevation - Stephen King

Revisiting the Rock.

 

Reminds me slightly of Thinner, but no curse found. Yet.

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review 2019-02-22 20:33
A sound read
The Outsider - Stephen King

Yet another solid read from master storyteller Stephen King. The body of a young boy Frank Peterson is discovered badly mutilated and all evidence points to local football coach Terry Maitland. What starts off as a simple crime story turns into something much more sinister when an evil presence is uncovered and the skills of Detective Ralph Anderson are soundly tested. There are many familiar King themes here; the supernatural, living in small town America, and the ability of friends to come together and face danger with a united and determined front. This will probably not be remembered by me as my favourite Stephen King book (that is simply because he has set himself very high standards with such noteworthy reads as The Green Mile, The Shining, 11.22.63...to name three) but it is still very enjoyable and a treat for all his worldwide readers.

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