When I first started listening to the book I was about to engage in a difficult conversation with a person I love dearly. Having "read" the first 3 chapters by the time the conversation took place I had received a good reminder that the person I love dearly has a perspective different than mine, and that if I could step outside myself for long enough to listen to that perspective, the conversation might end differently than if I refused to listen. So I think that what I liked best about the book that it offered a simple concept, and it offered the lesson pretty quickly.
It depends on the friend. Friends who like cliches and fairytales might enjoy the entirety of this book. And folks who like easy reads might find it engaging throughout. However, those who are searching for a bit more depth in literature, or who don't appreciate trite endings, probably wouldn't be satisfied.
The Noticer reminded me to think before speaking, question before accusing and finish what I started.
I thought this was a good book - not bad, not fabulous. I picked it up at my brothers' suggestion since my brother seldom suggests books for me to read. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if the ending hadn't been so corny and exaggerated. ... Also, while I think I understand what the author was doing when deciding to create a "Raceless" protagonist, there was something that bothered me about that decision. Maybe, if the author hadn't brought attention to the unidentifiable race (such as simply not mentioning the skin color or eye shape at all), that would have been enough. Instead, the author brought to attention that different folks called him by different names (one traditionally african /american name, and another a traditional hispanic name) and couldn't identify his skin color. That action discredited the reader, in my opinion; it told me that the author did not have confidence in the reader to see beyond the color him/herself, and so needed to blatantly (but not directly?) point out that "Any Man" (emph. on Man) could be so wise to point out the power of perspective.
Maybe I'm all wet on my interpretation, but I took that away. Decent book overall; I'm appreciative of the recommendation. For most, though, I'd probably be inclined to simply share the moral of the story than suggest someone read it...
Yes, It is heart warming and full of important life lessons
None, it's one of a kind
His telling of his story
The end where the boy was under the bridge
I have already listened to it 3 times. I take something different from it each time.
I love that the book is set at the Gulf Coast. I grew up close by & I can picture everything he's talking about. It make it very personal.
I enjoyed this book and so I bought hard copies gave it to many others. It lifts the spirit. His other book The Travelers Gift was even better. Enjoyed both of his books...and will read The Summit next.
It is a great story and other than kind of sounding like an motivational seminar is a short feel good, perspective on why we all carry so much baggage and angst around but really don't have too. Stuck in life, listen to this story. Down on your luck, listen to this story.
This book is so uplifting and gives you a different way of looking at a problem or situation. A book that you will want to share.
Jones - He was so funny and truethful!!
His voice change for the Mr Jones.
I've laughed and I've cried. OUTLOUD! :)
This book is FANTASTIC!! I love it. It is one I could listen to over and over. Life Lesson's in a turned around way.
Yes - there were so many life lessons. Whether you are in a slum or on a mountain top, there is a lesson. My daughter (13 yrs old) is listening to it again. We just finished it. My 15 yr old and 10 yr old begged to listen to this book.
When he told the older lady that she was still valuable in other people's lives.
Laugh and cry - ponder and act differently
I would listen to this audiobook again because it is inspiring and reminds me of character qualities that are important,
I would only recommend this book to ages 8-20 year old.If you listened to Focus on the Family's - Wits End, then you would get the style immediately, but my children are all grown. You would only need to read the title of know the entire message of the book. It didn't have enough depth for me. I wanted to stop in the first chapter, however, I friend suggested it, and I thought it would have a surprise ending. But not really. The message was the same throughout the book and there wasn't any need to keep repeating it by changing the characters. His style lends itself to preteens up to college bound students.I thought the title needed to be reworked, at least to hold the read/listeners attention.
No, I did not care for his style of writing. He was predictable and a little tiresome for me.
Hie voice seemed forced as the Noticer, yet pleasant when not the Noticer, and grating and soft at times. I was not a fan of his voice throughout the entire book, maybe if other people shared the characters with him it could have made it more interesting.
No-because the message was in the title. Could have been delivered in a pamphlet.
Title was too simple and needed more development, but then again, so did the story.