I really enjoyed this book and agreed with Mr. Eggerichs analysis of the crazy cycle and the fact that we all need to do whatever it takes to get off of it! I would have enjoyed reading the book, skimming the repetitive parts and re-reading the ah-ha moments...but it is not such a tedious listen that I wanted to stop. He has a pleasant voice and the message is spot-on. So, relax through the repetitive parts, realizing that you need to commit it to memory and apply it in your relationship. Everyone wants to be happy, your partner is not the enemy...love and respect them and they will reciprocate.
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Anything by Fannie Flagg
I can't imagine any one else reading her stories, the characters come to life.
Fritzy, I would love to talk to her about flying and being a WASP during the war.
Fannie Flagg write stories that you can completely relate to. Listen in the car with your kids, share with your family and friends, there is virtually no profanity. I love her work, I wish I could tell everyone what pleasure she has brought me over the years.
Like his preaching, Joel Osteen delivers a high-quality, well polished message that uplifts and encourages his readers. I respect him for his commitment to excellence and appreciate his desire to write from the heart, sharing his personal stories and struggles while remaining true to the Word of God. Having enjoyed earlier books, I was concerned that this book wouldn't have a fresh word for me. I was wrong. At the recommendation of a friend who had just finished the book, I ordered it and rapidly listened and was transformed. Joel Osteen understands the importance of shaking off the past, pushing through difficult times and believing in the power of God to transform and use everything in our lives for His glory. I am keeping this one close by for easy access (re-read/listening) again soon.
What an amazing expose of life in restaurant kitchens! Great story telling in Anthony's unmistakable sarcastic, ascerbic style and voice. If you have any curiosity about how top notch restaurant kitchens run, look no further, Anthony explains it here with humor and sometime shocking details. Even if some of the stories are embellished for story-telling (which I am not saying they are) you believe his story because he admits to his mistakes and applies plenty of self-deprecating humor to make sure you know he's a regular guy who happens to be insatiably curious and passionate about food. I know I will relish hearing this one again and again.
Make no mistake, I was not an instantaneous Anthony Bourdain fan the first time I saw him 10 years ago...He is definitely an "acquired taste" not always endearing himself to the audience. He has mellowed over the years and I have truly come to appreciate his talent as an author and entertaining food/travel show host. I would love to experience his cooking and hear more of his stories over drinks at a corner bar.
I am biased, I think Stephen King is a Master of his craft...so I expected to love this story and I certainly did. I have read everything Mr. King has written and admit my pleasure of being scared out of my wits has diminished with age, so this was even more enjoyable to listen to. There is no graphic violence, good mystery/ghost story, a love story and interesting characters. I didn't want the story to end. I think the only reason I didn't give it five stars across the board is that the ending was a bit predictable. But again, I admit, I liked the ending just fine. Narrators can really make or break it, so I was very pleased with Michael Kelly.
I have seen the original movie (dubbed in English) and was riveted. Honestly, I was afraid the book might be more graphic and violent than the movie, but it is not. It is a very intense story but unlike the movie, the author had the chance to explain the character's motivation and thoughts. I really could not stop listening and was so anxious for the story to move forward at times I was tempted to fast forward. The biggest draw back is the innane details about the Vanger Family history...of course, some if it is necessary to bring the story all together at the end. But it is way too much detail and distracts from the plot. I enjoyed the interplay between Salander and Blomkwist.
For anyone unsure about whether or not Fannie Flagg could be a great actress and author...be assured she is both! Her stories are more about the characters and their lives, rich with details and surprises that will delight the reader. I have read/listened to all of her books and this did not disappoint. It's a bit slow for the first few chapters and the main character is whining a bit too much about her lot in life, that we know nothing about early on. I was rewarded as the story unfolded and was introduced to the lives of her friends and the reasons for her self doubt and depression. She always weaves in some historical fiction and that really makes the story come alive for me. If you loved Fried Green Tomatos or any of her other stories, you will love this too. I am very pleased that Fannie Flagg reads her own work, she is wonderful narrator and author.
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