When listening to a John Grisham novel, I often ask myself where he is going with it. This book was no exception, but I actually let my guard down and didn't see the end coming at all. It was comforting to know that he can still kick me when I'm not looking. If you like Grisham's novels, this one is worth your attention.
What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? I would simply like to say that I am excited this book has moved out of the realm of stage-play and into the beauty of a true audiobook! FINALLY!!
I'm just going to say, right up front, that this book was probably not written by someone like me or for someone like me. I had too many women in the office tell me that I simply had to read this book and they think I will enjoy it. Well, I am here to say that I did not. In fact, I didn't finish it....
And let me tell you why...
It was not written for me. I am here to tell all the men in the world that this book is not written for you. If you know anything at all about alternative lifestyles and are open about sex and sexuality, this book is not written for you.
Sorry that I had to give it a bad review and pull the numbers down. I can't limit my reviews to just what I like, right?
Okay, so how do you write a review on a book about pregnancy written for men? I'm sure the author was thinking almost the same thing. So, what did he do? He made it fun. Unfortunately, I am not as talented as John Pfeiffer.
The author goes through many of the things that you might go through step-by-step. He throws in humor and makes it all about DON'T PANIC! His helpful hints have already given me a lot to think about and prepare for. He also gives practical advice on what is important and what is not important. (The book should have come with a handy PDF of important points and checklists!)
The narration of Mike Chamberlain is excellent. If you listen to the sample, you will know exactly what you are getting. He is perfectly matched on this one!
If you are one of the chosen few who are expecting, this book is for you!
I enjoyed the world that David Kushner painted and enjoyed even more the way Wil Wheaton brought it all to life (he is an extremely talented narrator and if you have not listened to anything else he has narrated, you are missing out in a big way). I spent many lonely and bug-eyed nights playing Doom and its many sequels. I admired the way I could actually download a game and play it for free. I loved killing the demons and then being so hooked that I had to buy the whole game. This is what I loved about the first portion of the book: hearing about others and their experiences with the game. Then we moved on into the in-fighting and the clashes of personality. I was okay with that too. But when they got to the point where they split off and were no longer able to work together (big shocker for such big personalities), I kinda lost interest. I finished it, but often found myself daydreaming instead of listening. But, I will put that squarely on my own shoulders. I found myself psychoanalyzing these guys and trying to put them back together the way they were when they first started. I rooted for the lone programmer whose brilliance behind the keyboard drove the success.
I liked this book. It was a fun primer for the uninitiated (like me) in the story behind the rise, descent, and ultimate destruction of id!
This story is not your average fare of M/M romance. It is better. The writing and narration cast a spell on me that kept my interest from the beginning. When listening, I was often sucked into this fictional world and found myself rooting for the characters out loud. There were times when I was saddened for their inability to connect physically, but that is what M/M romance is all about. The supernatural portions of the story are well fleshed out and the descriptions make them absolutely real. I would recommend this book to anyone who might enjoy their man-on-man love with a side of supernatural time-travel.
Given some of the things the main narrator says (in his head and aloud), at times, I was rooting for the zombies. I am hoping that one day, the main character will have a change of heart and not be such an unlikeable character. But that change doesn't really happen in this book. Also, Homophobic and the many other traits of the main character didn't fit into the title of my review. The writing and narration were very good as far as that goes, but considering I sincerely didn't like the main character, I didn't give this book an excellent rating. There was also an odd chapter that dropped from being written by the main character to being written by his wife. I don't know why that was important and played into the story-line, but it felt awkward. Now, I have said all this bad stuff about the book, so I have to say that if you like a good zombie story, this one was very good. There were a few times that I felt anxious for the characters, which doesn't normally happen when I listen to audio books. At times, however, this was like being trapped in a van driving cross-country with someone you don't really care for that much, but you have to love and care about them because they're like family. Will I read the next book in the series? Yes. I'm hopeful that this guy can change and be a better person through all of his experiences. Do I think that is the direction the author will take him? Probably not.
I enjoyed this book so much, I was hungry for more. It was a great exploration of the grays and what they have been doing and plan to do with us. I highly recommend this book!
One day, I think historians are going to look back on this as one of the first true voices of a new generation: one that values love and family over doctrine and hatred. His voice will be one that leads a no-longer silent number of children of same-gender couples out of their fear to tell the world that they were loved and had a happy, normal childhood.
If you have ever questioned whether or not same-gender couples are capable of instilling the necessary skills and providing the love needed for a growing child to thrive and excel, you have to look no further than this book.
It is my hope it will be read by all those who want a greater understanding and also that it change the hearts and minds of those who have no understanding to begin with. I hope it allows the children of same-gender couples to realize that they are not alone. I also hope it brings comfort to parents of lesbians and gay men to know that even though they are not able to have a traditional family, a family can be theirs! And that family can be filled with all the love, acceptance, hope, dreams and values of any other family in America.
This book is bursting at the seems with twink drama! If you are a fan of going out, getting drunk, dragging a guy home and having sex with them before you even know their name and then passing out only to wake the next morning with an empty bed and a hangover (or occasional STD), this is your book! If you want to know what it is like to live in the gay clubbing / partying scene in New York (at least, according to the author), this is your book! If you are interested in how to "fall" into the porn industry, this is your book! If you want to know how to seemingly bounce back from betraying your friend after having sex with their ex, this is your book!
There were parts of the book that had such potential to be so much more if only the characters were true to their hearts and allowed others to love them as they are instead of lying even when it wasn't necessary.
I guess, I may be too old to appreciate this book for what it is: the gay Sex In The City... or a modern Tales of The City, at the very least... it just wasn't my thing!
On the plus side, I did listen to the whole book before deciding to write a review.
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