Shoreline, WA, United States | Member Since 2009
If you think this is a book about the circus you would only be partially right. The first half is an exciting narrative of a young man's adventure. The second (in my opinion) is a typical "damsal-in-distress" love story which I didn't care for. The narration was fantastic! I loved that there were two people telling their story - one old and one young. The older narrator was absolutely fabulous! It was a good listen.
First off, I am a dyed in the wool feminist who would probably also be labeled as "pro-sex". Having said that I have grown increasingly worried for our youth (both girls and boys) with the current mainstreaming of "porn culture" in our society. Ariel Levy did a fine job of voicing what I think many forward thinking women are witnessing and maybe too afraid to address fearing to be labeled "uptight" or "prudish". I loved the mixing in of the background of the American feminist movement coupled with the current climate of today. This subject is so crucial to the future of ourselves and especially to girls coming of age. I would love to see a follow up to this book with some ideas from progressive thinking women about how they see us being able to reclaim our female sexual revolution from people such as the Girls Gone Wild bunch. Did that make sense?
I enjoyed this book and found myself sharing information from it on a daily basis with my friends. The narrator had a droning voice which I found to be a bit flat, however with all of the really long scientific words that he had to say they were probably lucky to find him. I was horrible at chemistry in high school (much more of a biology person) so I liked learning a little more about the elements.
We were spending hours commuting in the car so I thought we would listen to this whole series since my son loves animals. He liked it, and it wasn't bad. There were just a lot of strange words in it that I thought were a bit much for a children's book. And the narrator's voice was a bit droning (is that proper English?). So, I made an executive decision and decided not to get the second book in the series.
I stumbled on this in the midst of some really trying circumstances in my life where everyone kept telling me I just had to "stay positive" and employ what I have now adopted as referring to as "magical thinking" (aka "The Secret") to make things work out. Although I am a firm believer that kvetching about something often doesn't help to achieve anything positive, I also think everyone trying convince themselves and others that crappy situations have someone been caused by their "bad" thinking is oppressive and wrong. Thank you, Ms. Ehrenreich, for informing us about the history of this movement in America and being brave enough to keep a critical mind when doing so gets you lambasted for being an "eeyore".
I had just gotten done with "The Count of Monte Cristo" and had just learned about Dumas' interesting ancestry when this came out so it was perfect timing. I liked learning about the history of the time period in France and the Caribbean as well as the biographical details. Dumas' time spent in Egypt with the French forces was especially interesting to me. Very interesting and narrated expertly.
Coming of age in the 80's I did not have hang that iconic poster of Rob Lowe in the white t-shirt exposing his stomach up on my bedroom wall but I never forgot it, either. I appreciated how down-to-earth his telling of his story is. You really do get a feeling for the whole person behind that gorgeous face. Good job, Rob!
This was wonderfully narrated. The story is pretty densely packed for the short space of time it was suppose to have taken place in but for the long length it rarely ever seemed to drag on or go on a tangent that was unrelated to the story. I very much liked the character of Matthew Corbett. I appreciated that for how much dialog the characters participated in the reading continued to flow smoothly. I will listen to the next book in the series. Not a modern classic but not too shabby either.
I cannot recommend this book more highly. Wonderful story, wonderful characters, wonderful narrator. Brought tears to my eyes quite a few times and caused me to laugh out loud as well.
I am not a prude, but this story with overtones of incest and S & M was just too much for me. I couldn't get past the first part of the book because I was worried about what would be coming next.
This book was excellent on many levels. Great historical facts, great questions, interesting interviews, introduction to the science of memory and a very interesting personal story woven through the whole book. I would love to sit down and chew the fat with this author.
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