Maybe I already had a headache...but even if Ratigan's voice wasn't the cause, it surely hasn't helped. The material is great though, so maybe I'll finish listening later with a glass of wine...when the grate of his punching of syllables won't make my ears bleed.
Other than that, I'd give the book itself a big thumbs up.
It's weird bc I'm such a fan of Chelsea, but her friends are a tad annoying in this book. For example, it seems like they've all listened to her self-read audiobooks & sort of emulated her performance style. badly.
also....and maybe it's just me....but are all of these people super super stupid? if chelsea is such a known prankster, wouldn't most of these pranks have been visible from space? Once guy is duped into leaving his honeymoon early b/c he was told that TIME Magazine was putting the writing staff of Chelsea Lately on the COVER. Reeeeeally? Seriously? I mean, I know that Time Magazine does actually dumb down the American version of its publication by making it more pop culture skewed ((that's actually true...the rest of the world gets another version of the magazine....wtf)) but, seriously.....i don't think i need to continue. You get it. It's OBVIOUSLY a prank. Jeez.
so many other examples....and none really that funny, except probably to the people involved.
Oof. Wait for Uganda to Be Kidding Me to come out on audible.
You should TOTALLY still buy this audiobook - the narrator isn't unlistenable....she's just not at all the kind of narrator this (or any) book needs.
Her voice is a bit nasal.
She sounds like an elitist asshole.
She sounds super super "white"
I'm caucasian...but i just hate that snooty white lady voice.
Ok, i've ranted enough about the narrator.
This book is incredible. It's brutal, but still inspires you. Best thing I've listened to since "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"
Not as good as some other books in this genre...but still, I made it through the whole thing & there were several parts that made me laugh out loud, hard. Good enough to recommend to a friend....and I might even listen to it again in 6 months. ((((i retouch & process photographic images, so audiobooks are my salvation....)))
Some definite MEANDERING at times, but she gets back on track pretty quickly..... The brutal honesty kept me coming back for more.
The book is just too long. There are too many little unimportant details that the author relays & I found myself getting very very bored. The premise of the story (her experience) is one that I find fascinating & terrifying - but the book is just too long.
The narrator has one of those super commercial sounding "goody two shoes" type voices that I find a little irritating. Her line deliveries aren't a total deal-breaker, but I absolutely would NOT buy another book narrated by this reader. Eeeesh.
This has been one of my favorite of Pema's audiobooks. She talks a lot about groundlessness, & nurturing your relationship with fear. One of my favorite phrases ((which I have written on the wall by my desk)) is "If there is PRAISE, there will be BLAME". I would recommend this book to anyone :) love you Pema!!
I like to vary my listening....deep dramas give way to campy mysteries... Political bestsellers give way to hilarious memoirs.
Having just finished "Double Down" (((well, I'm halfway thru it....it's basically 1 million hours, so I'll get there eventually))) I needed something funny with an edge. Double Down is almost freakishly dry compared to the movie version of the first book, Game Change. Maybe the first time I've encountered a movie that was waaaaay better than the book.
Let's Pretend was the perfect listen to wash away all the self-important B.S. that droned on during my Double Down listen. Jenny Lawson's voice sounds just as you would imagine it if you actually *read* the book. In fact, I'm not sure this book should be read. The rambling nature of Jenny's writing style seriously lends itself to the whole audiobook thing. ....and i use the term "rambling" in the best possible sense :) Her ramblings are what make the book so damn funny.
In a year or so, when I'm looking for a new listen, I'm sure I'll replay this one. And then again, in another couple years. Money well spent!
I'm a book person. I always think the book was better than the movie....always. That being said, I never read the first book, "Game Change" - i only saw the movie. Obviously, it was an excellent screenplay and had some pretty amazing performances, so maybe that spoiled me for the reading of this 2nd book. Game Change had so many juicy tidbits of info that I'd not previously heard while watching the coverage of the Obama v. McCain race. In Double Down, I feel like I'm just sitting through a re-hashing of stuff I already know - or already sort of knew. Although, to be fair, Romney/Ryan were nowhere near the level of entertainment that Sarah Palin herself provides, so perhaps, it's not the book &/or authors' fault?
Narrator does a good job.
I'm a photo retoucher, so audiobooks are my salvation from boredom. I listen to a couple books a week & several I've listened to more than once. It's extremely rare, though, for me to review a book b/c honestly, I just don't have the time. ....gonna make an exception here.
1. Semi entertaining / interesting stories - anecdotal information that was pretty easy to listen to & loosely kept my attention . That's about all I ask of an audiobook, to be frank. They can't all be gems.
2. Author's voice was just fine. I wouldn't say I would seek out more books narrated by him, but it wasn't grating to listen to....again, that's all I really ask for.
3. What I didn't ask for was to be hit over the head with an incredibly offensive, ignorant remark made by one of the "characters" in Gladwell's book without even as much as an acknowledgement that the remark was at best a bit questionable.
A facial expressions "expert" was given videos of 2 groups of people - remote cultures that he knew nothing about. All context as to what kind of people they were was removed so that he could make his discernment based solely on their facial movements.
One culture was a very gentle, kind, peaceful tribe. The other was a warring, violent tribe with a ritual that gave pre-pubescent boys male to male leaders of the tribe as essentially sex slaves.
Gladwell recounts the "expert" as stating definitively that the 2nd tribe appeared to be a violent culture with very pronounced tendencies toward homosexuality.
EXSQUEEZE ME? ARE YOU KIDDING? I almost fell out of my chair.... SO, BASICALLY, GLADWELL IS PRESENTING THE AMAZING FACTUAL FINDINGS OF THIS "EXPERT" WHO EQUATES PEDOPHILIA WITH HOMOSEXUALITY .....and not even the slightest hint that the author may have suspected this to be a bit out of bounds. ....I did a couple quick searches online and found that Gladwell does appear to be fine with "the gay" - so, basically his omission is just one of ignorance & block-headishness.
Ick. Yuck. Gross.
Will not be purchasing any other books from this author. From what I've gotten from this book, I doubt I'll be missing much.
The book is hilarious. The writing is just damn good.
HOWEVER, THE NARRATOR IS SO BAD IT MAKES ME WANT TO (insert something awful that would probably get your review pulled from audible). Seriously, I get a physical reaction to how much I hate this narrator's voice. It's so so so so so far from the vibe Chelsea's narration has - and it's so so so so far from the vibe of the actual book. She sounds like a snobby B word who I'd pay any amount of money to avoid having to spend 5 minutes with.
I loved Pure Drivel - - - I love Steve Martin. But, this particular book was impossible for me to listen to. The style of narration (for me) was a problem. It sounds very similar to Pure Drivel, but the here, the subject matter is real life stuff - - I'd prefer to have heard these real life stories in a slightly more natural voice, rather than the absurdist style delivery ((which, once again, and not to belabor the point, let me stress...i loved pure drivel)).
The content itself is really intimate - maybe I'll pick up a hardcopy & read it.
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