While not exactly unpredictable, this very long book has enough twists and turns and sufficient character development to keep it interesting. This is a good beach "read". I will probably listen to others by this author.
I have heard about this book for a long time, and was looking forward to listening to it. I saved it for a long car ride -- and what a long car ride it turned out to be! This book is so unrelentingly depressing that it turn a beautiful, sunny fall day into a bleek one, indeed. I don't know if this book or its characters ever redeem themselves, but they were just not likable or compelling enough to find out. We gave up after almost three hours. That was more than enough!
The story was self-pitying, the characters pathetic and the performance was equally flat.
The Railwayman, on the other hand, was about something truly grizzly and profoundly heart-sickening, and yet, it was noble and enriching. Heroic, actually. The journey of this story is hard to listen to, at times, but the characters are so noble that I had to bear witness through every page. I feel inspired to be a better person for having heard it. I thought it was so spectacular that I listened to it a second time, so my husband could hear it on a long car ride. When we got to our destination, we stayed in the car, until it ended. (Classic "driveway moment")
What an inspiration. It puts my petty grudges in a whole new context. I am so grateful that Eric Lomax shared his story, and I will try to live closer to his standard. How lucky we are to have such guiding lights.
Beautifully read. Riveting. Listened straight through.
Anything read by Jeremy Irons has got to be worth a listen! In this case, the story is, too. In one way or another, we are all in search of our "personal treasure", what we do about it is what makes our own story.
This is a simple tale with a timeless message.
I enjoyed this story. It is fanciful and imaginative; a gentle version of a tall tale. It had me under its spell.
Beautifully written, vivid and poignant. It is amazing that such a difficult story could be told without bitterness or self-pity. It is a window into struggle, allowing me to know a little of a place I have no desire to go!
I tried reading this book a couple of times, but found it so depressing, I had to stop. Listening to McCourt read it, himself, brings the book to life and with a slightly lighter touch, with a little humor, even, that I had completely missed in reading it myself.
Still, the story is a little depressing. As outstanding as the story and performance are, the overall is a little less so. Although I wouldn't listen to this a second time, I'm glad I listened the first -- and I'll probably listen to 'Tis at some time in the future.
A series of shorter more focused books would have been much more enjoyable -- and satisfying. This, like his other work, has a feeling of autobiography, still, I didn't need the entire thing in one "read". I was exhausted and not all that enriched by the experience of listening to this book.
There is very little here that I hadn't heard/read/thought about before, but, somehow, Brown's take on each thing puts it in a whole new light. Despite her continual tauting of her credentials and years of experience (tedious and, really, not that many), she does have something original and insightful to offer. I will recommend this book to friends and family and will be listening to Daring Greatly, in the near future. I will probably listen to this one, again.
Listened with my 20-year-old son on a 9-hour carride. What a treat. We were both rivited. Poignant and funny, heartbreaking and triumphant, filled with little gems of life lessons.
The concept in this book is very useful, and the whole world would run a lot more peacefully, if people would learn to look at themselves, when tension or conflict arises. In fact, many people credit this book and it's companion, Leadership and Self-Deception, with saving their families, or even their lives. It certainly did open avenues of conversation in my family. The book is written as a story, though, and is overly simplistic and really dumbed down. This may help it to reach a broader audience, but it was even too annoyingly patronizing for my teenagers. Nobody I know likes being talked down to.
You certainly do NOT have to read/listen to both books. The concept is simple enough, though it takes the authors half the book to spin it out. The second half hammers the point home--and hammers and hammers... The performance was a little cloying--and the portrayal of women's voices was absolutely simpering and cartoonish, almost mocking.
If I had read this book, I would have skimmed it, at best. Listening takes much too long.
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