I've gotten so tired of being told that everything depends on attitude. It was very, very, nice to hear someone saying that there is more to life than that!
Does money buy happiness/positive thinking? Does happiness/positive thinking attract money? This was a very good book, challenging the idea that happiness and positive thinking are the be-all and end-all in the cause of good things. It points out that a lot of the “positive thinking” agenda basically blames the victim for anything that happens negatively. It challenges everything from religion to health to economics and how “positive thinking” is used to salve people's beliefs into thee feeling that they are responsible for any undesirable outcomes simply because they did not think positive enough. I personally found the section on “positive thinking” and happiness affecting health. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on “health and happiness”, but I approached it from the realm of good health CAUSING happiness, not the other way around. Clearly, the whole “positive attitude” thing is trying to turn it on its head. I now realize that numbers have nothing to do with causality! Similarly, all studies that appeared to point out that thinking good thoughts CAUSES good health does not show any such thing. She spent a little too much time on religion and religious thoughts, as well as “teambuilding”, but overall I think it was a very good book. And it was really REALLY good if you're someone saying that thinking good things is not the be-all and end-all!!
It was very relatable, in an odd sort of way (I've never worked in the circus :-)). But the reader could get the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the mixed feeling of good and bad from the overall story.
Of course, the main character (was then I don't recall) was my favorite. And the elephant. It was nice to feel that he got his due in the end!
When the elephant stomped on his tormentor
it's been a long time since I actually read this, and writing the review reminds be that I really needed to read it again. I don't remember details, but I remember that I absolutely love this book!
Good; top 1/3
I actually was first introduced to the Robert Asprin books when I was in graduate school. I read the first 10 or so, and as recently as two or three years ago, I was hoping to find an audio or e-book copy. Apparently, as of April this year they are now available on audio! The narrator is absolutely priceless! He adds depth and character in a way that's so appropriate for the book that I am totally blown away! Often, when one listens to a book after having read it, the particular narrator is so far off in tone from the way you imagined him/her, that it seems totally off. Mr. Levine is NOT in that category. He's really perfect :-). The story itself is fun, although the plot, though it has its points, is sort of ho-hum. As I recall, the plot in this one is the weakest! I look forward to listening to the rest with my 13-year-old son, who also enjoys it thoroughly.
Wow! I have never been much of a history buff, which may be why I really appreciate this book; I think I learned more about history here that I learned all the way through grade school and high school (in college there was no particular reason that I should have learned anything about history)(although I have learned more about history since then…). The standard things about Native Americans and the way our history is skewed when it comes to "American Indians" was pretty much expected, but there were a lot of details. And it was interesting to learn how many things with "learned about" that really never wore. And in the end, learning then thought "historical sites" nationwide for the most part are a farce! Unfortunately, to verify most of it, I need to read a lot more – which I will admit I am not inclined to do :-), but it is really interesting what one person can determine about our texts and curriculum through high school! If nothing else, it opens up a lot of questions!
As I said, I'm not much of a history person, but I think that I will eventually read/listen to "Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by the same author, for which I do already have the audio. But again, it will be "eventually", when I'm ready to steep myself in history some more :-)
I like the genre, and the elder had been recommended by my mother-in-law :-) (always good to impress the mother-in-law :-)). It was nice that the inspector went back and forth through the possibilities before making a conclusion.
Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human
I don't know; nothing stands out…
It was fun :-)
I'm not sure how good the representation of high society life in (that time era; not indicated what the time era is…), but tHe conclusion is surprising! I must have read/listened to this book previously, because aspects were recognized, but it must either been to recently, because I really didn't remember any of the details or even some of the main points! Clearly, it had been worth saving simply listening to it again was not unenjoyable :-). I bought the book in 2010, and I probably listed to it then, but I just finished revisiting it. It's still fun.
I only made it half-way through! Between the form of the book and the narrator, it was a TERRIBLY yedious and BORING listen! Reading through charts and tables is NOT good entertainment or even education!
Boring and colorless! I would like to hear him with a different work; I'd like to ne able to say that it was primarily the subject.
None. Boredom. Not even curiosity...
I will listen again, just because there was so much in it that I can't remember every detail all at once. FABULOUS information and take!
I loved this book! Of course, the fact that the author agreed with me on the pseudoscience of many alternative medicine certainly didn't hurt, but it was more than that. He came and things as a nonbeliever in everything, whether it be alternative medicine or science, whether it be medicine or placebo. Furthermore, he was able to say that “yes, some things that are not scientifically proved actually have proved helpful, MORE than doing nothing”. He did his best to explain what could be going on, and he did his best to allow for individuals' belief systems. In some cases, he said that he doesn't agree with you, but he respects your choice. I personally, furthermore, learned things about what I, personally, need to look for. It was a great book!
I thought the narrator was particularly good. The book gave me several things to think about and ways of seeing myself and my associates more clearly. The part I liked least was the discussion at the end which, although interesting, really didn't add to the book. I could easily have lived without that. But overall it went along way to describing interactions with people and motivations of some. Excellent book.
The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection is a great fun collection. It ranks with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for quality amongst children's books.
Of course my favorite character was Ralph the mouse. His mood and temper was affected by circumstances, but he was able to learn. And I love the imagination that both the author and the mouse were able to play.
He did extremely well with all characters. O
My only complaint is that the books were played out of order. _Runaway Ralph_ should have been BEFORE _Ralph S. Mouse_. The motorcycle, after all, is destroyed in _Ralph S. Mouse_, but it's a vital part of _Runaway Ralph_.
I honestly can't compare the audio version to the written version, because I've never actually seen the print version. Because I am the nerves no longer work, I do most of my reading via audiobook. This was??? the same narrator that was used for the other books in the series, and he's good.
Jeff Woodman narrates _Till-a-Will_,_Mad Mouse_,_Hell Hole_, and the other amusement park mysteries. He has the right kind of deadpan voice for many of the characters, and he imprints the right emotion at the right time. He is generally pleasant voice just the right tone and expression.
The book probably would have been even better all at once, but because of my schedule, I had to break into several.
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