I bought this book because of the great reviews but unfortunately I didn't get much out of it. If you have not read any other books of this genre then it may appeal to you but much of the material has been addressed already in a more substantial, mature way by other authors (Tolle, Chopra). I found this book to be very, very repetitive and at times felt like yeling out "I get the point'. I also found it to be quite immature in it's examples and logic for example: "Do you think God likes to be around people who are happy or people that are miserable" Imagine you are God and you pop down to earth and ask the first person you see, do you like it here?
So overall I would not recommend this book.
There is no doubt that Donna Tartt is an excellent writer but unfortunately I found the main character to be annoying I also found parts of the story so unlikely that it was unenjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures and often found myself identifying my children's and my own behaviour and often laughing out loud.
This book has definitely broadened my awareness of linguistics and has made me a better more understanding communicator. I find I now react to conversations with understanding than with emotion.
I thoroughly recommend it. I have also listened to How Conversations Work and although that was interesting, I did not find it as comprehensive as this one. If you had to pick, definitely choice He Said/ She Said.
I really enjoyed the story and the perspective of the different members of the family. Unfortunately though the experience was ruined for me due to the narration. She spoke so quickly that it was often hard to tell where one sentenced ended and another began. Sometimes she narrated with no expression e.g. Oh my I have ruined the dinner in complete monotone. I did however enjoy her southern accent.
I would have returned the book had I not had to listen to it for book club.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel and decided that life is too short to persist with a book when I did not enjoy the narrator, was not endeared to the main character and found the writing style too focused on the minutiae. I found the narration too slow and sing song, with many words finishing up.
I bought this book on the basis of what seemed to be excellent review but sadly I was very disappointed. To me the book is aimed at the young adult market except for the fact that it seem hugely pre occupied with sex. I am not sure there is one chapter where the isn't a detailed description of the main character having sex and quite frankly it gets rather boring. The story line is quite light on and doesn't develop any depth as the book progresses. To top it off I found the narrators attempt at accents and male character voices to be particularly grating. I definitely would not recommend.
I bought this book out of curiosity knowing it was written by JK Rowling and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the story line and the narrator. She has an excellent writing style which was very easy to listen too. There is a little bit of language that some people may find offensive but which seemed to be used appropriately. Overall I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book and hope that it is the first in a series featuring Mr Strike and Robin.
I have enjoyed all of Dan Ariely's books and this one was no exception. It was interesting to read how we are all a little dishonest at some point or another. I found it fun spouting the research in this book to family and friends who insist they never lie or cheat. You will definitely learn more about how society behaves but I think, more importantly, you'll get a better understanding how you sometimes behave.
I know others don't like the English narrator but I think he is perfect for the job and narrates with a wonderful sense of irony.
I would give this book 2.5 to 3 stars.The idea of the book was good however the writing was quite simplistic, it was quite disjointed and there were was one part in particular which was quite illogical and didn't make sense.. The author never really developed his ideas and I was left wondering why he introduced some of them. Many chapters just ended and left things unexplained which is often a great way for the reader to use their imagination, in this case, however it felt more like the author either didn't know how to explain it.
I thought that the narrators did a good job except for the appalling Australian accents. The male wasn't too bad but truly it would have been better if the lady did not attempt it. Very off putting for Australian readers.
I found the book to be an easy, pleasant enough listen but definitely lacking and didn't reach it's full potential. I won't be reading any other Max Barry books.
I enjoyed every bit of this book. It gave me a great insight in to will power both physiologically and psychologically. I found myself regularly staying... "I do that". It also came with helpful tips on how to develop your will power. I'll be dipping in to this book regularly to develop my own willpower. I definitely recommend this book.
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