Michael Jablow

Hollywood, CA.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-08

Pillars raises the bar...

Extraordinary storytelling and production values, that takes the listener into a living past. Follett,and narrator John Lee provide you with the magical ability to feel, smell, touch and experience the world in the 12th century (some of it a horror and some of it innocent, fresh with vast possibilities). Characters that hold you rapt, sometimes holding your breath, as their life's torments and joys are revealed. My unreserved recommendation, for this fine literary and audio achievement.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-07

the funny life of a hitman

While it is unlikely that this little story will earn literary awards --it is a worthwhile escape. This dark comedy is expertly narrated and it's protagonist engaging, possessing an array of contradictory impulses. An entertaining diversion for those with a slightly twisted sense of humor.
I gave it a four because there were a few uneven moments and because it was too short!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-07

free food for thought - beautifully satisfying

I have grown a bit wary of novels that describe quirky families and attempt to turn the psycho dramatics of relationships into entertainment . In broad strokes these books sometimes lack a depth missing descriptions of the inner turmoil that underlies behavior. This novel succeeds on every level, FFFM is a revelation. Characters are drawn with a brutally compassionate wisdom and detail that brings them to life. Although, the story revolves around the Korean American , recent Ivy League grad, Casey Han, as she moves from college into the "real" world we become intimately familiar with the network of people that touch her life. Each one of these becomes 3-D and real with unique motives, limitations and hopes. Each personal experience reflected with dignity thus, earning earning my compassion. Ms Lee addresses the larger issues of race, class and the affect they have on our self image and soul to the still larger issues OF LOVE, RELIGION, FAITH, that commonly manifest for most of us human creatures as we go about living our life . Ms Lee has sensitively describes the especially awkward time of moving from college age into the adult world; from "knowing things" we learned into "knowing" from experience.. Lee is an artist of the first magnitude she has the emotional genius to be able to write with a "spiritually evolved" open heart, giving her the ability to use the lightest touch to challenge her readers with the deepest of ideas. WHAT A GIFT!!! I will wait impatiently for her next book. In the interim I will miss the characters of this beautiful book wondering what happens to them next, they feel like friends. This audio book is right at the top---with Bryce Courtney, James Herriot and a few others. Lee can be ranked with the talented Pulitizer winner J. Lahiri (THE NAMeSAKE) in writing insightfully about the American immigrant experience.

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