This book wasn't pretentious at all. It was so...me!
We're all perfect just how we are
Brene opened up herself to us and readers immediately see ourselves in her. I now see how I am and how I thought I was supposed to be, know how to change certain things, and can go on living being happy with who I am.
I bought this audiobook back in 2012 but just now listened to it. I had no idea what to expect, and I think it actually worked out better that way. Dan Savage wrote about his partner Terry, his son DJ, his loving family, and how marriage does and doesn't work for some couples. His commentary was hilarious, and his conversations with others (mainly his family members) about marriage made great points, for both, straight and same-sex couples. The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, made the audiobook even more enjoyable. I'm glad I got it and glad I read it. Recommended for anyone who isn't too serious, as I can see some of Dan's writing rubbing the far right the wrong way (especially DJ's opinion of George W. Bush haha)
What does it mean when an adult is about to cry at work while listening to an audiobook about imaginary friends? I didn't really have one. I made up twin imaginary friends who lasted about 2 days. But this book, wow. I just may believe in them again. I laughed out loud and I had tears and sad faces during a few parts. How can something "not real" (both fiction & imaginary friends) give you so many feelings? I loved it. I loved the different characters and how it suddenly became a suspense. Don't mind me, just get this book.
The narration really turned me off from this book, to the point where I just stopped. But after watching the movie, I knew I had to get through the book. So thank Amazon for Whispersync. I got through it in a day, putting the speed up to 3x so I can get through it faster (and didn't lose any comprehension). Great dystopian story, yes it's worth the hype, yes of course the book is better than the movie. No offense to Carolyn McCormick but she really didn't do the book justice with her performance.
I give this book a 3.5, rounded up to 4. It was longer than I expected (16+ hours) but a really good personal account about living the Google life. Employee #59, Doug, if that is his real name, came on pretty early in Google's history. Seems like the company culture was constantly the Marketers vs. the Engineers. When will they ever see eye to eye? Hearing about previous competitors and Google's humble beginnings while comparing where they are now (Gmail and tablets and Chromebooks oh my) was fun. Granted, Doug's perspective ends in 2005, and there were many times where I felt like he definitely was at the wrong company, it was a nice insider's view of the conglomerate we all love (or love to hate).
I loved this book. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I laughed a lot and I cried more than I wanted to. It was such an amazing, beautiful, frustrating story. Finished it in one day. It's worth the hype. & the narration was so spot on.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was one of my first books back into fiction. I'm not big on mysteries and things like that, so once it started going in that direction, I decided to call it quits (56% through). The narration was enthusiastic. The storyline was going good and the characters were fun to think about. It was geeky, which is fine (enjoyed the Google mentions), but once it started getting into secret societies and strange missions, it lost my interest.
Run, don't walk, to get this book. What an inspiration. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. Thank you Lopez for sharing your story with us. A story of perseverance, faith, and beating the odds. Heartwarming and just flat out awesome.
Absolutely; it's a great story about taking the hand you're dealt and still coming out on top.
I don't know if it's comparable to any book I've read.
I've heard some of ET's speeches before.
One of the most motivational books I've ever listened to. Eric Thomas tells us his story and the different things he's learned along the way (sometimes, the hard way). He overcame all sorts of adversity to make it to where he is today. Loved the story and the audiobook was extremely enjoyable with him narrating. Highly recommended; officially one of my favorites.
It was narrated by the author and he was passionate about the book.
Same as the book
I needed an audiobook that wasn't boring and that would keep my interest. This definitely was it. I was procrastinating reading/listening to this book, and it was everything and more. Loved the enthusiasm (can't beat hearing the author narrate the book), lots of good stories and motivation and tips. I now want to read more of Jon's books. I'm officially punching fear in the face and starting!
Not the entire thing but maybe certain parts, especially in regards to how the products came to be
I haven't read/listen to another biography like it
Steve Jobs of course
It would've been nice, but at 24+ hours, it would've been pretty difficult
I never knew much about Steve Jobs outside of what he's done for/at/with Apple and Pixar. So getting to know him as a boy, young man, and the mad genius he was in his later years was great. I ended up having a love-hate relationship with him. I never knew how much of a jerk he was.
Controlling and a perfectionist, there were times where I couldn't stand him, especially when he was stealing ideas or talking about how crappy someone's work was. But it all worked out for the good. I'm not an Apple fangirl, even with my iPhone, MacBook Pro, and iPod (former iPad owner), but I do love how they take design so seriously, and now I know why.
Great book, highly recommended for any innovator. The narrator wasn't bad at all; I enjoyed him, especially when he was quoting Jobs.
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