As a regular non-fiction reader, I was delighted by this story and found myself very eager to get back in the car to listen to more. The autobiographical nature and the author reading his own work really gave this selection the "real" story that I prefer in non-fiction. My only criticism is that the story ended rather abruptly, leaving me in a state of severe withdrawal. I do not like to read books and then see the movies, or vice versa, as I feel I blur the author's original intentions, but I find myself really craving to see this movie. I have since figured out that the author continues his tale in the book "Tis." I won't be able to download that fast enough.
I listened to the DaVinci Code first, and wanted to hear more. I felt like I was listening to the same story all over again and was very disappointed. I will stick to non-fiction titles to learn more about the religious controversies.
I listened to this book for three days worth of commute, but was never able to become involved with the story. It felt very textbook rather than entertaining. I was much more engaged by the novel "A Short History of Nearly Everything."
Being a Civil War buff, Uncle Tom's Cabin seemed fitting to read at some point, but due to it's length, I would have never read the book the old-fashioned way. I was eager to get in the car to commute so I could pick up on the next chapter of the book. It's obvious why this novel is a classic. I realized a few things about the slave trade and the culture of that era from the novel. I did find myself wishing I had gone with the abridged version a few times.
Since I don't read a lot of political books, I found many of Bill's points to be fresh for me. There was a lot of insight about American's needing to do more that I had no idea I needed to do. And Bill spares no one when it comes to criticism. I was readily agreeing with Bill over his critism that the guys who drive big trucks that guzzle gas with 2-3 flags flying off it, causing more gas consumption, would be more patriotic if they drove a vehicle with smarter gas mileage. But, it was a bit harder to swallow that my diamonds may be contributing to terrorism and the mutilation of poor children in Africa. :(
I'm not sure I figured out what the overall point was of this collection, however, I very much enjoyed the individual stories of women from around the world. Sort of an inventory of the condition of women world-wide and gives you something to feel grateful about with your own situation. Good for commuting as there were natural short breaks.
I really like the Atkins program, so this review is not about content. I found it hard to learn how to do the Atkins diet from listening. I am finding I got the gist of things, but then had to buy the book to have a hard copy to reference. There are lists of foods, carb counters, etc. that just can not be given justice on audio, nor does the the title try. This is ideal if you are curious about Atkins and want to listen before you invest in the program. It is helpful, however, to have a short listen in the car to cement in my head the Atkins ideas and review the premise.
I decided to give this audiobook a try as an avid history reader and having enjoyed several other books on the Titanic. This was definitely a twist on the tale, as the story uses excerts from hypnotic regression sessions with a man who claims to have been Tommy Andrews, the builder of the Titanic, in a past life. An interesting twist on history, though, overall, not any great literary work. Was a good listen for the commute as I did not lose the story in the short 30 minutes bursts of listening in the car. There is a good message, just listen with an upon mind.
The topic of this book was different than my normal "reads." I found this to be an inspiring audiobook that was full of hope. An excellent selection to listen to on the way to work on Monday morning to combat the duldrums. However, even with an open mind, I'm still thinking of this book as fiction. I enjoyed it as a story and I don't find myself overly eager to get any more of Browne's titles.
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