This should really be on everybody's to do list. I think a lot of us are naive on this subject. I, myself, did not know much about the struggle. All I knew was that there was a struggle. Now I know why! This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I read it. I especially liked how the author made this book based on a real life encounter between an Arab & a Jew. It now puts many world events into perspective and is making me think differently about them. By no means are the actions justified, just better understood.
This is a history book. It's hard to fully delve into. Yet, I'm glad I listened to it. I learned a lot about European history & what an interesting man Churchill is. I can't believe all the obstacles he faced. This man had a lot of people who disliked him and had many career ruining moments, but somehow he just kept going even with bouts of depression. Makes one reflect on one's actions.
This is a who done it book and I knew it had twists from reading the reviews. So I was having fun trying to figure out who it could have been then about half way through, you find out who. After that, it stops being exciting and starts being a book about a person with a psychological disorder. You find out all of the dirty little secrets in a really drawn out way and I wasn't as eager to listen to it after that. I felt like a guy after a one night stand. Once it has all been given up, what fun can you have after that?
The introduction is painfully lengthy, about an hour. He starts by thanking everyone, which was sweet. Then he moves on to the process of how he did his research, which could have been summed up in probably 5 mins. Instead, you hear a lot of redundant material for about an hour, yeah painful. The stories were also nice, but to be honest I don't remember all of the "secrets" and I just finished listening to it. There are other books where I can remember points made so vividly for months after hearing them. I think the way he organized the entire book is not the way my brain processes or it is just the same old stuff (i.e.: give, be nice, be you, blah, blah, blah). Or maybe I just read one too many of these types of books. Nothing mind blowing & I am doubtful that I will ever re-listen.
I find myself bringing this up at work, at a coffee shop with friends, getting a massage, & nearly any leisurely conversation I have. The contents of this book simply rolls off my tongue and I can't stop myself - yeah, Tipping Point style. Breaking unspoken rules? How devilishly delicious! This book leaves you questioning everything you "know" about rules, advantages, & disadvantages. I absolutely love it!
I cannot say enough great things about these books. I was hooked immediately and I rarely want to turn this off. This book is filled with so many twists and turns that I often found myself gaping in astonishment! The character development is also fantastic. Roy Dotrice does an amazing job of slipping in and out of different voices.
Peekay is a remarkable boy who is so remarkable in fact that it is practically unbelievable. Mr Courtenay focuses on how remarkable this boy is the whole time and then ends it with a very unremarkable moment. It was such a let down and it just does't make sense... What about being the tadpole angel or being the welterweight champion of the world? Why did he put so much emphasis on these two aspects and then end it with a silly confrontation? It's as if there was a build up for nothing. The end came straight out of left field and seems inconsistent with the direction the story was headed.
As much as I think the story was a let down, there are 3 things that I really liked about The Power of One:
1. The character development was "wunderbar, absolutal"
2. It had important messages about life scattered throughout
3. Humphrey Bower was an excellent narrator
The story is just fantastic. It's about a smart and confidant woman who thinks she knows everything and a man who thinks he is above everyone else. Then their worlds get turned upside down! The performance is OK and didn't bother me as much as it did other people.
This books covers just about all aspects of maps. While I'm not a map collector, maps have always been intoxicating for me and this book is the back story. It's amazing what people have accomplished! "On The Map" is full of history on exploration, cartography, collecting, dealing, and fraud to present day mapping with satellites, gaming, and contemporary art. So if you like maps and you like history, this book is for you!
This is one of Christopher Moore's best books (as far as plot goes - similar to Dirty Job). There are plenty of twists and turns. It really kept me guessing! The characters are awesome, as always. Kona's pigeon speak is hilarious! I do agree that Bill Irwin was a little monotone in the beginning, but it gets better as the story progresses.
This might help your experience:
1. Do not listen to this right after listening to chronicles of Abby Normal. Susan Bennett did such a wonderful job and she is a tough act to follow.
2. Try listening to a non-fiction book with a lot of facts first. Then this might suck you in right from the beginning.
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