This is a story to listen quietly. It is plenty of data about the goal a library has in the soul of a city. The plot is an excuse to examine the rol that this ordinary institution plays in a democratic country far more than lending books to people and giving the students room to study for exams.
It made me think a lot about some aspects that I hadn't even imagined, for instance the ideas of community, free interchange and shelter for the disfavored people.
Awesome narrative, slow pacing trying not miss anything and prominent data treatment.
I tried to get into this book. After listening for over two hours, I just could not do it. very boring subject matter and bland narration.
This was a fantastic book and fascinating story capturing the historical events of the library but also conveying all the various roles all our libraries provide to modern society. I highly recommend this book!!
Reader was horrible.
Since I work in a library perhaps I liked this more than most, but it is a really good book about libraries in general and the LA library in particular.
I’m a librarian and I thought this book was extremely tedious. I gave up with four hours to go.
Good story and well read. I found it interesting how she used the library fire as the hub of the wheel and the spokes as histories that were related to the library.
It is a good read well worth the time.
Very slow beginning but well worth the patience!
I love non-fiction ! This specific one has beautiful language.
I love the weave of a detective mindset!
My husband and I both recommend this great book!
This book was like a love story to your local library. Susan Orlean begins her book discussing a tragic fire that decimated the LA Central Library. What follows is a prolific history of the library and its role in the diverse and changing LA landscape.
My first book from Reese Witherspoon’s book club. This was so far less dull than I imagined! Really enjoyed it. I miss it!! I carried me through quite a few plane rides.
Interesting history of librarians.
The 3 minute sample is a waste of 2-1/2 minutes. It was only helpful to know that the author should not have narrated her own book...
This book was a bit of a slog. The reader/authors voice is a little droning, but ultimately I found the topic interesting. I almost stopped & debating not finishing, but I’m glad I did. I feel as though I learned a lot & renewed my appreciation for our public libraries & librarians.
Value of libeays is sometime
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