Comprehensive, objective, essential
This canned question isn't exactly applicable, but I had an "aha!" moment during lecture #8, regarding the downward slope of the demand curve.
Economics make some people laugh/cry, but no, I did not have such a reaction.
I'm taking an online econ class through a major university, and it's a tough course to teach to myself. The university textbook is absolutely overwhelming with the tiny black print on vast, white pages...graphs and tables, vernacular...it was very difficult to get started on the course. These Audible econ lectures have been invaluable to me. Thanks to Professor Navarro, I have been able to EASILY get a grasp on economic principles while commuting to/from work. I am finally able to read the textbook chapters without being completely bewildered. Professor Navarro's objective approach to economics (without political spin) is refreshing, the lectures are clearly outlined and presented in a "building block" order, and Professor Navarro's voice isn't irritating. If anyone has an interest in understanding basic principles of economics, this lecture series is an EASY LISTEN. I highly recommend. I just discovered the accompanying .pdf, and I'm anxious to read through it.
I'm only assuming so because the book is read by the author. Nobody can do it like the author. And Kristen's voice is one of my favorites of all time.
Her childhood...being bullied...and sticking up for her brother, and it backfiring. Just one of those frustrating, seemingly no-win sort of childhoods.
Probably when she knew, over and over again, that she had a problem -- a terrible addiction -- but yet, she just couldn't seem to talk her mind into doing something about it. And her loneliness. It just made me sick.
Kristen Johston is an extremely talented actress and WRITER (with a great voice). She is so very intelligent -- I had no idea...I loved her as the funny girl! I missed her after 3rd Rock, and I always hoped that she was in a great place. Sadly she wasn't, which explained her appearance in Bride Wars. Kristen's stories are a bittersweet listen, and I loved every single minute. I love this book and I've recommended it to everyone.
YES, in fact I just started round two. Mindy's recollections and observations are real, witty, and fun -- nothing heavy or remarkably insightful, thank goodness. She mentioned at the end of her book that she purposely stayed away from hot button topics, which was an AWESOME approach. I love female comedians, and I will eagerly buy their memoirs if I'm fairly certain that their stuff isn't overly crude. Aside from crudeness, a big downer for me is political ranting -- Rachel Dratch went on for miles (during my commute) about how she could NOT believe that she was dating a Republican and how horrible that was. Tiresome. Next topic.
Female comedians are predictably self-deprecating, which is hilarious when it's done right. Mindy didn't really go this route, though -- she acknowledged her "flaws" ("overweight", superficial, kinda messy), shrugged, and offered some witty articulations about them. Perfect. Just like Ellen Degeneres, she's human and she's cool with it.
Mindy outlining her funeral for whomever takes charge of her funeral once she dies (specifically, whoever is closest to her at the time) was the most excellent part of the book. I laughed and laughed while I drove in to work on a cold, wet Monday morning. It was an excellent way to start a dreadful day.
Mindy, of course.
I really appreciated her Amy Poehler references.
I can relate to so much of Mindy's thinking; and I, too, was the chubby, brown girl at school. It was so fun to hear how Mindy pursued her acting and comedy writing dreams, put in the serious effort, and made her dreams a reality. Obviously this book is not for EVERYONE, but it was perfect for me. I loved it. Bravo Mindy!
I appreciate authors who are self-deprecating, whether it's physically or mentally. The author takes digs at everyone, including himself. Like I summarized in my headline, Jon Ronson's style reminds me of Bill Bryson's...and then throw in some Ricky Gervais.
Since J.R. is the author, he knows exactly where to pause...knows exactly where to put the tones and inflections for the best effects.
Fun, smart, comedic family stories. His style/humor doesn't suit everyone's taste, but I loved this FREE DOWNLOAD! What a find!
Yes, certain chapters, avoiding the sections where she overly uses the word C--T...like, at all.
Tin Fey is my favorite character. She's only a year or so older than I am, so I can relate to much of her growing up experiences. Paralleling her years, I look what she's accomplished, and when, and I think -- "she didn't mess around half as much as I did, and look where it got her." I really admire her drive.
I don't really know how to distinguish this question from the last, but I also liked how she talked about her dad. Our dads appear to be similar, but hers seems a bit more hip.
I never cried, but I laughed A LOT.
There's more to Tina Fey than her hilarious, self-deprecating style. She has drive, she cares about people, she makes no excuses -- she has to know that she's awesome.
The narrator was terrible -- I thought people were exaggerating, but they weren't. She sounded completely bored, and the accent even sounded strained. Unfortunate, as the story made for light (steamy) commuter listening. I so badly wanted to like the story more than I did. The author overdid the reliance on husband/wife miscommunication to motivate the heroine's behaviors, and it got old. And how many times the character "bit her lip" in the story...we get it! She bites her lip when she's anxious!
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