I like the narration to match the book setting. In other words, a book set in England seems better when narrated by someone with an English accent. While Mr Taylor's Aussie accent was no doubt the real thing, his flat tone seems to drops at the end of every sentence, and I hit "rewind" countless times in order to understand what he was saying. The story is wonderful, but I recommend listening in a soundproof room, or else just buy the book. The narration nearly ruins it.
A review posted by another reader led to my purchase of this audiobook. If I were an eight year old child, I may have enjoyed reading about a dog who is reincarnated twice (?!) This is a children's book - make no mistake.
Somehow, (I can't believe I missed it) the fact that this audio book runs almost 28 hours in length was not something I noticed when I purchased the book. As I always try to start what I finish, I did listen all the way to the end. It took almost 4+ hours for me to really be interested, and then the ending felt almost rushed - given that so much time and detail was spent on the earlier parts of the book. So, if you have 28 hours... be my guest.
Listening to this book reminded me of why I stopped watching "Thirty Rock" - parts were really funny, others were just plain weird. Don't get me wrong - I love Tine Fey. It's just that some of her anecdotes are, to be honest, dumb. There are some funny parts, (I think the second half of the book is much better than the first), but her mind just goes places that mine does not!
I know that from a politically correct standpoint, I should praise this Holocaust survival memoir. It just isn't as good as others I have read, so for me it was just OK. The author's notes at the end were actually the most interesting part of the whole book.
This was a light hearted, funny book that I really enjoyed. The narrator must do stand up herself, because her comedic timing was spot on. And Audible, if you're reading this - I would like to somehow mark this author - so when she writes more, I will remember how much I enjoyed this book. (Just a suggestion!)
I had heard about this book but was a little hesitant since it was translated from another language; I wondered if anything would be "lost in translation". Not at all. It's a different, (and a bit disturbing) look at just how far parents will go these days to protect their children. The book rambles a bit in the middle, but overall it is well written. And Clive Mantle NAILS it as the narrator - he is a 10!
If you have an interest in health and how food plays such a part in your overall wellness, then I would recommend this book. It's along the lines of others such as "Fast Food Nation", "Supersize Me", and Michael Pollan's books. I found it enlightening, but you have to be interested in the topic; alot of my friends and family prefer to be left in the dark when it comes to the food they prefer.
I liked the book, more for the parts involving the dog than the cop. Decent narration, too.
I grew up as a shy child, and remain a somwhat introverted adult. This book has some amazing insights, and I wish more people would take an opportunity to give it a listen. I really enjoyed it.
I always try to finish what I start; I've suffered through many books that were just OK. After eight (yes eight) hours with this, I had to give up. It is just so dull that I just couldn't bear the thought of another seventeen (yes, seventeen) hours more. Audible, if you are reading this, how about a "mercy credit" for effort?
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