I agree with the other reviewers that the people who read quotes from cast members' and writers' interviews probably misinterpreted the quotes by placing the emphasis in the wrong places. This detracted slightly from the book's presentation, as did the slightly off attempts to impersonate the voices which we all know so well. Still, the content of the book was fascinating, and this book was extremely well written and researched. I was not looking for sensationalism, or "an expose." This book offers the facts, interpretations and experiences of the cast members over the years and presents them in a frank, factual and entertaining style. The writing and the narration, even with the possible problems with the quotes, made this one of the most interesting audiobooks I have heard in a long time. But I am a fan and was interested in knowning about all the backstage drama at SNL.
This book explains how and why the show got so bad at points, and how and why it got better. It explains the concept for the show and the network's meddling and occasionally necessary interference. It discusses the interrelationship of the cast members, writers and producers throughout the years. I found it fascinating. If you liked the show, you'll like the book.
I have to admit that I have never really read a trashy, romance novel before. About halfway into this book, I realized that that was exactly what this was. I had gotten the book because I'm going to Scotland, and someone said I should read this book to get a better appreciation for the country. That this book will help one appreciate Scotland could not be further from the truth.
It is a well-written story, but essentially, the first two hours sets up the multiple sex scenes thereafter. There is some plot that connects the sex scenes in the second half of the book, but really not much more plot than you would expect from a porno movie. I guess that this is what romance novels are like. Not my cup of tea.
Eight sex scenes, two quasi-rape scenes, one humiliation scene and an allusion to a homosexual rape scene. Other than that, fairly trite story lines, such as the woman from the future being accused of witchcraft, etc.
It happens to be set in (mostly) ancient Scotland, but other than that, it does not give you any greater appreciation or understanding of the country or its history.
It is not badly written. I guess romance novels are just not my cup of tea.
The writing of this book is interesting. The author tells an eloquent story, and the writing is quite descriptive. However, this is a woman's empowerment book. All of the women in the book are quite complex and insightful, and all of the men are one-dimensional with most of them portrayed as either stupid or violent, or both.
Don't get me wrong. The book is well-written, and the story, which involves a lot of the coming-of-age of and in the civil rights era, is interesting. But the simplistic portrayal of all of the men in the book, contrasted with the deep and complex characters of all of the women, was irritating. I'd say that this book is worth reading, but it is definitely a "Chick Flick."
I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some interesting ideas on issues such as Destiny vs. Free Will, and it questions our ideas of morality when faced with a choice of survival or living by our rules. The characters were interesting and well developed, and this is a combination Sci Fi, Fantasy and Love Story, all rolled into one. The middle of the book got tedious, as the author went into excruciating detail about the couple trying to have a baby. Other than that, I found the book interesting and I found excuses to drive so that I could listen to it in my car.
Yes, Franken's politics are showing in this book. At times, it just becomes a rant against the Bush Administration and the folks currently in power. But the writing is intelligent and he backs up all of his arguments with facts. How hard and cold the facts are may depend on the people listening to them.
I can imagine a number of listeners on the far right getting angry when Franken talks. If your leanings are very right, don't get this book because it will just infuriate you. But my personal feeling is that a lot of his criticism of the media, the right-wing press and the Bush Administration is spot-on.
Franken is funny and intelligent. His writing has usually been so (despite the occasional questionable gaff in his pieces for SNL). This book is both interesting and informative, and as long as you are willing to listen with an open mind, I think you will find it enjoyable.
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