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« Reply #1880 on: October 08, 2016, 02:41:29 PM »

I just finished the audio versions of two books I read:

1) The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

2) In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945.

Both great, compelling stories.
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« Reply #1881 on: October 08, 2016, 03:04:24 PM »


AMERICAN SNIPER by Chris Kyle.  I saw the film last year and was pretty blown away.  His death was so pointless and tragic.  About 1/3 into the book.  Great so far.
    I read this book and it was very good. Then I saw the movie, which was a bit of a let down. But after reading the book, any movie seems to lack.
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« Reply #1882 on: October 08, 2016, 03:52:39 PM »

    I read this book and it was very good. Then I saw the movie, which was a bit of a let down. But after reading the book, any movie seems to lack.
True.  Sometimes I like watching a film first and then moving on to the book.  I'm about halfway through AMERICAN SNIPER now. The thing that strikes me a lot is how funny Kyle was.  I pulled up his memorial service on YouTube yesterday and watched some of it.  Very tragic and pointless.
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« Reply #1883 on: October 08, 2016, 03:58:56 PM »

True.  Sometimes I like watching a film first and then moving on to the book.  I'm about halfway through AMERICAN SNIPER now. The thing that strikes me a lot is how funny Kyle was.  I pulled up his memorial service on YouTube yesterday and watched some of it.  Very tragic and pointless.
    One thing the book brings out is the large number of people who came to his parents home to pray for him, before he was killed.  That was very impressive.
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« Reply #1884 on: October 09, 2016, 01:27:40 AM »

    One thing the book brings out is the large number of people who came to his parents home to pray for him, before he was killed.  That was very impressive.
I've got one chapter left to AMERICAN SNIPER and will prob save it till Monday.  Our soldiers are some amazing people, and I'm glad books like this are available.
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« Reply #1885 on: October 11, 2016, 04:32:14 PM »

Recently started BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (A Righteous Gentile Versus the Third Reich) by Eric Metaxas.  Written @ 2010 - I just found it. Well written, goes through Bonhoeffer's boyhood and gives his family's ancestry, which includes an impressive number of important scientists, artists and theologians in pre-WW I and WW II Germany (Bonhoeffer's family were from what became East Germany after the war).

A couple things I didn't know about him - he was a twin (twin sister) and one of 8 children. He was also an excellent pianist, and considered a career as a concert pianist... lots of other interesting anecdotes, and a well written story that flows and moves.
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« Reply #1886 on: October 12, 2016, 02:26:11 AM »

Recently started BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (A Righteous Gentile Versus the Third Reich) by Eric Metaxas.  Written @ 2010 - I just found it. Well written, goes through Bonhoeffer's boyhood and gives his family's ancestry, which includes an impressive number of important scientists, artists and theologians in pre-WW I and WW II Germany (Bonhoeffer's family were from what became East Germany after the war).

A couple things I didn't know about him - he was a twin (twin sister) and one of 8 children. He was also an excellent pianist, and considered a career as a concert pianist... lots of other interesting anecdotes, and a well written story that flows and moves.
I've been meaning to read this one.
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« Reply #1887 on: October 17, 2016, 01:03:38 AM »

I'm currently reading "Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl" by Carrie Brownstein.  Carrie is half of the comedy duo that does Portlandia, but also part of the punk rock band Sleater-Kinney.

Her humor as well as her wicked rhythm electric guitar skills really intrigue me.  Sleater-Kinney has some really cool interplay between the two guitarists in the band.  There's no bass player in the band, but one doesn't really miss it too much.  You have to like a little bit of punk to listen to them.

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« Reply #1888 on: November 30, 2016, 02:44:56 PM »

Just finished Willie Nelson's autobiography "It's a Long Story". He was quite the troubadour and drifter. His story is an open window to the life of a musician back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's.

Currently reading "Ghost Rider: Travelling on the Healing Road" by Neil Peart. Anyone who has lost someone special in their life can really identify with his story.
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« Reply #1889 on: December 23, 2016, 07:08:27 PM »

Just started David McCullough's

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« Reply #1890 on: December 23, 2016, 07:09:16 PM »

Bio of The Wright Brothers...  Inspirational gents

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« Reply #1891 on: December 28, 2016, 02:38:06 AM »

"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
"The Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson (on audiobook - not recommended for audiobook, too much spelling that is read aloud)
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« Reply #1892 on: December 28, 2016, 02:39:27 AM »

CS Lewis - The Screwtape letters.
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« Reply #1893 on: December 28, 2016, 04:08:05 AM »

Pat McManus. ...... "They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?"
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« Reply #1894 on: December 28, 2016, 04:58:23 AM »

CS Lewis - The Screwtape letters.
Now, I find this extremely interesting. It's been about forty years since I have read this little book.
      I'm really looking forward to your review.
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« Reply #1895 on: December 28, 2016, 05:37:26 PM »

CS Lewis - The Screwtape letters.

Good choice - I should read again (along with Danny!). Especially considering the line of work I'm in... 
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« Reply #1896 on: December 28, 2016, 05:43:31 PM »


Recently started BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (A Righteous Gentile Versus the Third Reich) by Eric Metaxas.  Written @ 2010 - I just found it. Well written, goes through Bonhoeffer's boyhood and gives his family's ancestry, which includes an impressive number of important scientists, artists and theologians in pre-WW I and WW II Germany (Bonhoeffer's family were from what became East Germany after the war).


Finished Bonhoeffer before Christmas - can't recommend it highly enough.

Along with learning about his very interesting life and journey in battling Hitler (along with many other Germans who saw how evil Hitler was), there is lots of detail about the entire inner struggle going on in Germany during WW II that Bonhoeffer was really a very small (albeit not insignificant) part of - something that isn't addressed much in our abbreviated history books. Many of Germany's top ranking generals were disgusted with Hitler, and horrified by his treatment of Germany's "enemies." This led to several assassination attempts on Hitler - one of which, when it failed, cost Bonhoeffer his life.

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« Reply #1897 on: December 28, 2016, 07:48:45 PM »

Now, I find this extremely interesting. It's been about forty years since I have read this little book.
      I'm really looking forward to your review.

Half way through and it's a clever little thing so far. The idea that demons are bureaucrats is both humerous and accurate.
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« Reply #1898 on: December 29, 2016, 12:27:23 AM »

Not sure what edition you're reading, duck, but in later ones Lewis added a chapter called "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."  Brilliant stuff.
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« Reply #1899 on: December 29, 2016, 02:26:59 AM »

Not sure what edition you're reading, duck, but in later ones Lewis added a chapter called "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."  Brilliant stuff.

That's included in the edition I\m reading.   
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