Riding with Rita
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These are the books I have been listening to this month:
Dispatches from the Edge: A memoir of War, Disasters, and SurvivalBy Anderson Cooper read by the Author
This book is not about wars and natural disasters. It is about Anderson Cooper. We have seen his news coverage, but here we see how and why he got into the business of crisis reporting. There are more than glimpses of his early family life- his famous mother, the death of his father, and his brother’s suicide – an interesting look into the psyche of this television personality.
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson read by Bob Balaban
As he did in Devil in the White City, the author tells two stories in this book. The concurrent events are the development of cross Atlantic telegraphy and the investigation of the brutal murder of Belle Elmore, wife of Dr. H.H. Crippen. The ZZ’s come from the Marconi section, which details the development of wireless -including scientific, academic, and business rivalries. No Z’s for the murder mystery, which was suspenseful and which ultimately tied into the scientific developments.
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris read by Simon Jones
Not a Z to be had!!!!
An excellent historical novel, read to perfection! This is a gripping story of the rise to political power of Marcus Cicero, told by his slave and secretary Tiro. The reader gives life to the narrator and the various speakers, especially Cicero who is known as the greatest orator in Rome. I was fascinated by the many parallels to our contemporary legal system, politics and current events. I was so grateful to the reader for pronouncing those Roman names, saving me the ordeal of sounding them out in my head if I had read the text instead of listened. I highly recommend this book.