Provided an intriguing back story to the well-known Wicked Witch of the West. Seemed as though some of the threads were insufficiently left hanging, however. At the conclusion, I was still wondering what I'd missed. Good listen, but mildly dis-satisfying.
I was disappointed in character development in the movie and was prepared for mild disappointment here. Not so. You'll feel the child's pain and the anger as he ages. You'll be wanting more when it's over - the best way to end a good book.
Just finished a 10-day driving vacation with family and this was an excellent listen for the entire group (ages 10-16 and adults). Having read/listened to the first book is helpful, but wasn't necessary as we had some who hadn't heard it yet. The story is self-contained enough to enthrall. Don't be dissuaded by the fact that it's classified as a children's book - it's a well-written and captivating tale.
Starts well - capturing interest causing the reader to take new looks at generally accepted "facts" (conventional wisdom). But then begins to become too introspective, too personal, and generally too boring - I couldn't have listened to the middle of the book without driving, I'd have gone to sleep. The last section on names was interesting but drawn out with very little point. I'd recommend it because it can get mental juices flowing; but not an intriguing read for the entire length of the book.
I'm glad I bought and listened to this book. Although no gound-swell of wisdom overtook me, the book caused me to think. What else can you really expect these days. Easy listen and well-told.
Intriguing and thought-provoking. Regardless of how one feels about this massive retailer, its place in the global business community and its effect on our culture are undeniable. Whether a driving force on culture or merely a reflection of sociological change, the book provides significant food for thought and conversation. Well worth the time.
Eat right and exercise. Although the author mentions that there is more to the book; that's the essence. The devil is in the details, however. It is the definition of "eating right" with which we struggle. Downloading the book doesn't get you the "lists" that are necessary to actual follow the good doctor's dietary prescription. You might be better off getting this one at the library or buying it at a discount bookstore so you'll have the details you'll need.
The book helped my 10-year-old easily stay awake through several long drives. The story was captivating and interesting. The language was a bit rough at points but I suppose could be explained because it was the "bad guys" using that language. All in all, a good listen - good enough that I've purchased the sequel for more long drives.
I never believed I would actually "learn" anything significant from the book; but I DID think it would be humorous. I was right about learning little, but sadly mistaken with regard to humor. These authors (and the publisher) somehow thought it would be interesting for us to read/listen to their little computer "chats." They were wrong. I fortunately wasted only 90 minutes of my life before I stopped and deleted the audio file. Unfortunately, I cannot get that 90 minutes of my life back.
I don't know what I expected from a book based upon the movie. Anyone who's seen the movie has essentially read the book. Although Scott Brick does his normally excellent job of vocalizing the story - the story suffers from the same lack of focus as the movie. The difference? The movie is much shorter. The audiobook does offer some additional detail which is either glossed over or excerpted from the movie, but is hardly worth the additional hours. If you're a Superman fan, you'll listen to the book anyway. If not, the movie will likely fill the void for you.
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