On a whim, and based on the high ratings that this book received, I purchased Breakfast of Champions. I have never read or listened to any of Kurt Vonnegut's books. But now, after having listened to this book, I am sure that I never will again. The writing is well written, but the characters are too eccentric and uninteresting to me (I'm sure fans of the author will disagree). I've heard that his fans are loyal (maybe the reason why this book's ratings are high), but listen to the sample first before purchasing.
I never read this when I was in high school, so I thought I would use a credit to "read" it. At first it was a bit interesting, but it is a very long, tedious book (I guess I don't really care to know how much he spent on food items, or what he thinks a bird is thinking). I thought this book would be much more philosophical, but was disappointed. Additionally, the reader has a strange way of reading (he ends his sentences on a bit of an upnote), which makes it difficult to listen to after awhile. Bottom line... I started using it to help me fall asleep.
Despite the writer's elementary writing (simplistic scene descriptions and bland dialogue), and despite the reader's sometimes laughable effort at different accents, I did enjoy the storyline and historical aspects of the book.
I chose the book since it is an Audible's best seller even though I don't typically read/listen to mystery books. My husband and I listened to it during a long car ride, and we finally got into the story after about an hour (the writing and characters do not pull you in, but the storyline and historical aspects do). The book delves into the history and connection between DaVinci's works, the Holy Grail, and the Church. I learned a good deal, as the author's wife studied Art History and the author used some of her research to build his storyline. But still... I would have it enjoyed it more if the writing was better.
To summarize, it's a solid mystery book for a summer listen or a long car ride. Recommended, but lower your expectations before listening.
The book is an in-depth look into the insider trading scandels of the 80's. Have a little bit of finance knowledge before you read it (listen), or you'll lose out on the details of the deals. It's a long story with many characters, but worth the read (listen).
It's a fantastic story that helps you understand how the seemingly "small" decisions of a few financiers turned into one of the most notorious scandals on Wall Street. Sheds new light on the recent scandals, as it made me wonder how the scandals of today must have started out. Highly recommended for those interested in the business world and how the greed of men catches up with them in the end (well, to some extent... you decide).
A friend recommended that I listen to This American Life (after I complained that I wasn't really into News from Lake Wobegon). This was perfect. It's hard to describe until you've listened to it (or the sample). For each show they put together several tangentially related stories, all revolving around one theme (I haven't heard David Sedaris at all, unlike what another post-er reviewed). Some are funny, some are witty, and some will make you cry. I now tune in regularly to NPR and use my credit for another selection.
I enjoyed the stories (simple, touching stories), but was very disappointed at the length of the listens (sometimes not lasting more than 20 mins). I also think the audience for this subscription targets a bit of an older crowd. I prefer This American Life instead.
Learn the history of fast food, the beginnings of franchised chains (i.e. McDonald's, Carl Jrs), and how the fast food industry works to get your food to you and your kids. Personally, I was appalled by some of the practices. And although I LOVE the taste of fast food, it's changed my views and I'm more picky about where and what I eat now. A highly recommended listen.
A story of a young girl growing up in the south, losing her mother, and finding a family to call her own. I was touched by this heartwarming story, and sad at the end because there wasn't more to listen to. Inviting and keeps your attention.
I heard from friends that the book was hilarious, so I decided to purchase it on Audible. It's even better than the book, I dare guess, as the narrator's voice is the author himself. His delivery is perfect and his writing is witty. Don't miss this one!
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