I listened to this without first reading other reviews, because Chelsea Handler makes me laugh on a nightly basis. Now reading them, I don't understand other reviewers saying, "I love her, but reading this makes me realize that she's cruel/immature/mean..." Have you never seen her?
I think most people don't have friendships that are so obnoxiously immature on the outside. I think that's why they don't "get it." My core group of friends/family say and do crazy things to each other constantly in order to get a laugh. If you sat in a room with my best friend and I, you'd think we hated each other by the way we talk sometimes. However, the people in my world would do ANYTHING for me, and I for them. There isn't one person in this book that doesn't say that very thing about her.
If you don't get why people do obnoxious things to their friends, this book isn't for you... but then again, I don't know why you'd read it in the first place. If you can watch Chelsea Handler's show and not get that she's obnoxious and bitchy, you're missing something. This book answers the question, "I wonder how bitchy she really can be," answer being, "A LOT." It's college frat boy humor... she's a jackass boy with breasts.
I thought this book was funnier than VODKA... I actually didn't like that one at all. Having said that, I didn't think every narrator was great, but I did like hearing each voice separately. I do think that Chelsea Handler should have narrated her own part. Hearing other voices, especially those you "know" (Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf, Roy Handler) makes it weird when someone is else is reading her part. There are also musical transitions separating each chapter that I thought were weird and out of place.
I really tried to get through this one, because I loved "The Other Boleyn Girl," and I loved listening to Susan Lyons. But this story is far different. First, there is too much talk of witchcraft, and indeed, the entire story is based on a premise that Elizabeth and her mother were truly witches. Elizabeth is always "foreseeing" future events, and from almost the very beginning, she can sense the doom surrounding her sons... it just goes on an on entirely too much. I'm all for fantasy, but this isn't what I thought the story was going to be about.
Second, there is a lot of repetitiveness in it...
"Don't go off to war."
"I have to."
"Come back to me."
"Of course I will. But if I do not, take these precautions."
The same scene plays out at least 3 or 4 times, and there are other instances as well of just rewording things that have happened before.
The main characters, both the King and Queen, are portrayed as complete fools. He places his trust again and again in brothers, who, again and again, betray him ruthlessly, yet in between these bouts of betrayal and treason, they all reconcile to live as if nothing ever happened. I know that liberties are taken when writing historical fiction, but it was hard to believe that these things really could have played out that way in reality.
In truth, it felt like "fluff" with no substance. I tried to get through it, but just couldn't keep listening.
I honestly did not think that I would get into this book. I knew there was a lot of fighting scenes (and other "boy" scenes) that I don't particularly care for in books... but there are a lot of "girl" things too, and the boy stuff is actually pretty good.
The characters are amazing. Throughout the book, I felt torn, and unable to decide where my loyalties were. Though there are some horrid characters, most of the characters are far more complex than just good and evil. Some of the "good guys" are obnoxious and ignorant, and I wouldn't befriend them in real life no matter how perfect they were. Some of the "bad guys" are charming and intelligent and witty. It is extremely hard to know who to root for. I found myself bouncing back and forth to opposite ends of the arguments, not knowing which of my new friends to stand behind.
There were some times that I thought it was a little drawn out, like some of the dream sequences, but I think that my problem was more that I was anxious to find out what happened to so-and-so. There are so many characters in this book that when focus turns to one, you're constantly wondering and worrying about the others.
Overall, I loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it. I can't wait to find out more. The ending made me want to throw my phone against the wall because I knew I would have to wait to download the next one!
This book started out extremely confusing, and then, just as it starts to sort out and get interesting, it turns completely boring. I don't even have a desire to finish it. The characters are not believable, and completely uninteresting, and at this point, I don't really care to listen to more hours of some stupid kid who steals and robs.
It was inevitable that I listen to this book; I am always a sucker for anything related to the Tudor dynasty. The reviews of this book were all fantastic, so I thought that this would be a prefect match. I liked the narration, though, I read another review that said if you didn't already understand who the characters were, it might be difficult to understand. I can agree with that. As for the book itself, I could not find one character in it that I liked. The "child version" of Jane spoke as if she were 30 and not 4, which I find completely unbelievable, even of a noble born of the day. The story was a bit much... this poor poor poor girl... put upon by everyone in her life.... she's so good, so virtuous, so intelligent, so caring, so perfect, so everything she's supposed to be, and everyone around her is cruel and heartless and selfish. Frankly, I could not wait for the Lady Jane to finally lose her head.
This book has always been in my top 20 list. I try to read it once every few years. I saw it here, and thought it would be great to listen to while I was at work. I was not wrong.
If you like scifi, this book is great. Other people have said that it seemed dated, but I really didn't see that. The message is good; the characters are likeable; the story makes you think; and the narrator is pleasant to listen to.
I love Chelsea Handler, and thought that this book was going to be hilarious. I was very disappointed. The stories weren't funny in the slightest, and they seemed to come out of nowhere, as if she pulled them randomly out of a hat. I would think that if she had to choose from all of the interesting and funny stories of her life, that these would be at the very bottom of the list.
Seriously, guys... it was just NOT funny, and very boring....and this is coming from a big fan.
I love historical fiction, and this one didn't disappoint me. I don't think that Ken Follett is the best author that I have ever come across, but I loved the book all the same. The narration was good... I often hate when men make fake voices for women, but I never noticed this at all. I loved the descriptions of the way of life then; it truly brought the story to life for me.
I liked this book. I thought the narration was good, and I liked the characters. It was a nice listen while busy around the house, but I have read thousands of books, and listened to perhaps a hundred, and this one is probably not going to be one that "stays with me" forever.
I thought that the narration was extremely dull. It seemed like even when the characters were passionate, the narrator made them sound disconnected and boring.
As for the story itself.... well, I don't know about everyone else, but I got the point of it in a few chapters. The rest of the book is just hammering the same thing over and over again... just in case you didn't get it the first hundred times. Daphne has to be the most clueless character ever created; I did not find her believable in the slightest. I thought Hank was equally as stupid. If they were so smart and talented, perhaps by the 30th hour of the neverending story...they would have caught onto the fact that they were being used a thousand times over by any and everyone in the world.
I get the social and political point of the book. But if you cut out the number of times the author repeated herself, it would be a short story.
A very complicated book to drive home a simple point.
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