If you are on a spiritual path, or would like to be, read this book. I recommend you combine it with Oprah's online classes from earlier this year - she discusses each chapter with Tolle and it's a wonderful guide.
I was enjoying the story until about Chapter 96, when the audio skips irretrievably. There must be better versions available.
If you remember the joys of the 'fun run' and scatological marching cadences still make you snort with laughter, you will revel in John Ringo's books. The plots and characters are non-stop thrills, but even better for military veterans, the tactics, situations and people all ring true to what we lived with. Smell the cordite and taste the MREs again, without having to live in a tent.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed the performance and characters. A much more interesting tale that the average superhero yarn, the characters were three dimensional and 'real' despite superpowers, powers that are sometimes more pain and strife than useful.
ROFL funny for all space-opera addicts, particularly Star Trek fans. The guy in the red shirts dies horribly on away missions, does he?
A wonderful spoof, but with a rollicking plot.
He has outdone himself, clearly enjoyed the material.
Grinned contantly, laughed out loud frequently. Really brightened up a bad day I was having.
I would tell any of my friends with a well developed sense of satire and irony that they would love this.
"Death by Fart"
The diplomatic incident leading to the search for the blue fleece (really a search for a golden fleece, or fleecing...)
I had to know what would happen next, not predictable at all, which I find very enjoyable. Kept me going during many a workout.
Snort alert - don't have liquids in your mouth for the first several chapters, you'll have a clean up.
How to describe the plot - if Harry Potter had been,
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven't read it, shame on you. If you have and liked it, you'll love this book.
I'm still entranced by the luggage. It follows its owner everywhere, and eats anyone who tries an unauthorized search. We could balance the nation budget with that feature alone; it would eliminate an entire useless goverment agency.
I would be worried I would miss something if I weren't concentrating enough.
I enjoyed the luggage the most. Having had mine lost by quite a few airlines, luggage that could find one anywhere, and kill people, is a wonderful fantasy.
His English accents are wonderful and really add to the characterizations. Terrible with the American accents, but then so are most English actors (Hugh Laurie being a notable exception).
This story has the flavour of vintage Monty Python or Hitchhiker's Guide zany-ness. Had one of the Twit of the Year contestants appeared, he would have fit right in. Gormless and definatively hapless characters are victimized by an impossible universe and indifferent gods, all for our amusement. If you enjoyed
Vintage Stephen King. The character and plot depth are reminiscent of "The Stand". A real barn-burner (pun intended), I tried to ration my listening time, but just had to know what happened next.
The narrator's mis-pronunciations are a little jarring, (Chin-ook and not Shin-ook for the helicopter, Dumb-a-jen for what is likely DuMagen)but the material more than makes up for it.
The writing in this book is clunky and repetetive. The plot is sacrificed to unpronounceable names and elements which do nothing to advance it. Skip this one.
The author interrupts a fairly decent plot line with overblown hyperbole and moralizing. Read this one in print instead, you can skip the continuous editorial comments.
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