I would listen to it again. David Sedaris is always good for a laugh. His wry humor that respects no one and nothing is both fun and liberating.
Not only would I be willing to try another book by him, but I own as many as I have seen. He's a kick.
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'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!!
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.
Great fun. Good character development and fun, comp;ete mystery! Very nice performancee; I will be looking for this narrator
I would! It's a classic, not to mention FAR from what is expected of Ian Fleming! The story is a hoot, and the narrator brings the characters to life. I love it! And my kids, who hated the movie by the same name, really enjoyed the story and the performance. Five-star!
I like that it was adventure suitable to kids (nonviolent), but NOT patronizing, and NOT explicitly demonstrating that it's trying to ???teach at good value!??? Yet, it demonstrates good morals without hitting you over the head with it. And it's FUN!
He brings personality to the characters.
No. It was just fun.
As I said, it's not what one would expect from Ian Fleming ??? James Bond, 007! But the characters are fun (including the car!), and the story is interesting. Of course, the fact that it's totally implausible has its own fun effects :-).
The narrator is DEATHLY dull! I wasn't able to listen to more than the first two sections. I'm gonna get a different narrator from the library, because i really am interested in this book.
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