Nora Ephron's wit and snarky humor.
This was the first Nora Ephron book for me. It was a gift. While I did enjoy the book, I know I was not target audience. Young women will still find it funny, but women 40+ will really enjoy it.
I like that she has a very unique voice, but that it isn't grating or difficult to listen to. I felt like she was sittingin my car with me, telling me all these great stories from her life.
Getting older doesn't get easier, but it does get funnier.
Re-listening to books is not something I typically do, but I would consider going back and giving this one a second ear. There is so much detail in the story that I feel like a second listen is justified to pick up all the beautiful detail.
"The Night Circus" is the first book that comes to mind. These two are completely different genres, I am well aware, but hang in there, I'll explain. The reason I'm comparing these two books is that the narrator did a wonderful job of telling these beautiful stories. Both books and narrators had me lost in the vivid descriptions that are beautiful and tragic at the same time. The narrators both made me feel like I was listening to a grandfather tell me a magnificent story, which sounds like it would be frustrating, but their voices were really enjoyable.
My favorite scene was when Liesel leaves the not for the Mayor's wife explaining herself and why she is a book theif.
I would love to take Liesel out to dinner. She's a little pistol. This girl endures so much hardship and just keeps bouncing back. I would love to hear more about her view on the world and also to listen to her stories.
The narrator. Her voice was wonderful. Her accent was lovely, and the sound of her voice and narration was really enjoyable to listen to. The stories were really fascinating too.
I liked that the author gave us a peak into a lifestyle I had no idea even existed. The stories were a great look into these lives that never really get much recognition. What was my favorite aspect of these stories was how the author was so foreign to this lifestyle, but as she got to know the people better, she started to really appreciate them and see them for who they really are.
It's really difficult to pick one. Perhaps the story about Conchita and her premature delivery. It is fascinating to hear the details about this complicated delivery and how the mother cared for this premature baby. What was also very interesting was to hear about how much care for preemies has changed since these times.
While I didn't listen to it in one sitting, I looked forward to listening to it each time. Since it is broken into short stories, it was one that was conducive for listening to in intervals.
If you've watched the show, and you enjoyed it at all, then give this book a go. What I really enjoyed is that the book goes much more into detail about the characters and their backstories. You get to learn more about these women they treat and how they have come to live these lives. It was really fascinating. You learn that people are often products of their situations, and sometimes people have to go through a lot more than we can even imagine.
The narrators were great. I enjoyed listening to them throughout.
Personally, I felt like this was a bit melodramatic. If you enjoy over the top love stories, then you would probably enjoy this one. Not really my cup of tea.
The last scenes were my favorite. The protagonist grows a lot by then and it was nice to see her gain confidence and maturity.
I could see this being made into a movie, especially if the notebook since the notebook was made into a movie. If Kate Winslow were 15 years younger, I would cast her as the lead.
It's not that hated the book, it was just sappier and more dramatic than I thought it would be.
I don't regret listening to it, but I don't think I'll listen to it again. And I probably wouldn't buy any more books by her. Now, this is not because I think she is a bad writer, but because I had a hard time relating to her because her personality is so different than mine.
Probably not. I thought most of the stories were entertaining, but I just couldn't relate to her life. I also felt that some of the stories were a little petty, but that's just me. Perhaps I'm just more of a Tina Fey type person.
I enjoyed her story about working as a physical therapist. I think that story really showed a genuine side of her that I wanted to hear more about. That's not true, I felt the whole book was genuine, but that story was one that I felt connected to her over.
I'd say so. I'm not in love with the book, but I don't regret listening to it.
I think that women who are adventurous and free-spirited would like this book. Women who identify with Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling might have a harder time connecting to Kelly Oxford's work.
The narrator. I had a really hard time listening to his voice. And it was really difficult to differenciate between the different characters because he didn't really change his voice at all.
To be honest, this genre is a bit of a stretch for me to begin with. I woudn't mind trying a different book in this genre. It all just depends on the story, and the narrator.
Someone with a bit more variation in their voice. Perhaps also someone that doesn't have such a deep, gravelly voice. I'm not sure who that would be.
No. Mostly because I couldn't get into the story because the narrators voice was so difficult for me to listen to.
This might be a book that is better to read than to listen to.
Yes! I would certainly recommend this book to a friend because there is so much interesting information that Gladwell provides and the whole book really offers a fresh perspective on how we view people, especially those who are successful and stand out.
The whole story about the rice patties and how that has influenced an entire culture.
That is hard to say, but probably Chris Langan. Or Marada (the young girl who attends the KIP school in the Bronx).
Success isn't just about hard work.
Really a fascinating book! Gladwell has a great voice too. The subject and content were so engaging, and his narration was perfect!
Yes! The whole story was so engaging and entertaining, and the narrators voice was lovely. I would happily take this journey again!
The main character. She sounded like a woman who was very progressive for her time and someone that young women now could relate to.
Her voice is so beautiful and easy to listen to. I don't think I would have imagined the characters to be so graceful and classy without her narration.
The book didn't make me cry, but it pulled me right in, right from the start. I hated whenever I had to stop listening.
Tubular, Fun, Adventerous.
Hunger Games. Not just because it takes place in the future, but because the author did such an excellent job of creating a different future world that the reader can really imagine as they are reading.
I have not listened to any of Wil Wheaton's performances before, but he did an excellent job here.
No, but I probably would have if I had been able to.
I'm not really sure. Several of my friends saw the movie and said they really enjoyed it and found it to be very profound. I'm not really sure what they saw in it, but I've only listened to the book.
Possibly. I probably wouldn't choose to listen to another book by this author, but I would still give the genre a try again.
The first two narrators were so boring and impossible for me to stay interested in. Maybe it was their stories, maybe it was the narrator. The second narrator's voice/accent irritated me. The third narrator was ok. I had heard her before in "Dark Places". The last two were the most interesting, but their stories didn't pull mein.
I'm not sure the performances could have been better. I think it was the story that made the whole thing unenjoyable for me.
The first or second character.
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