Not a Jewish American literary masterpiece like Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth nor does it contain the wit of Jewish comedic geniuses such as Woody Allen or Seinfeld, but a still, a good listen. I was moved by the realistic characters in the audio with all their flaws and imperfections. Each character is lovable perhaps because each could rise above their individual condition of being imperfect. I didn’t find this audiobook funny. It’s depressing. I chuckled but barely a few times throughout. So if you are looking for a good laugh, laugh elsewhere. I wouldn’t pass it up though. If you’re a Jewish woman as I am you’ll relate. If addiction runs rampant in your family you will relate. If you’ve witnessed or experienced betrayal or its opposite, loyalty and love, you will relate.
And a good teacher is always a student. However when boundaries are lacking between student and teacher there is certain and immediate upheaval, chaos, risk and enormous pain. It's a dangerous pastime and there are laws prohibiting it. Affairs between students and teachers is real enough in our world and has been for ages.
Growing up, coming of age is necessary, painful, sometimes without grace. Coming of age is a mixed up mess. Add the student/teacher affair and this mess multiplies tenfold. If there is anything good that comes of it, it's the learning and growth, the should haves and shouldn'ts. But so much risk, betrayal, damage, loss of innocence.
This book has it all. It felt long however it kept my interest. I found each character real and lovable, with so many flaws yet so convincingly lovable. It all seemed plausible in a fantastic sort of way. I also thought the narrator expressed each character well.
The title of this review is a quote by Paul Klee. It helped me to know and like the work of Paul Klee. This book discusses the artist, Paul Klee, (his thoughts and work) a lot. I agreed with the author about the genius of Klee.
This book is esoteric and obtuse but as an artist it kind of made sense to me. I liked all the artistic references. I felt at home. I remember looking over all my father’s gigantic art books too. I also know cancer having witnessed my sister dying from cancer and both my daughter and mother being diagnosed with cancer at different times and stages in their lives.
Not the easiest listen. But extremely interesting as this author must ponder his own dying and not dying. The book has some humor, humor in the face of adversity.
My own son’s name is Joshua like the auther’s name. I could relate to the diaries of the author’s mother most. No one can bare to see their children suffer. The author deals with and thinks about family a lot. He ponders his relationship to his father in moving ways.
It’s an amazing run on sentence, a jumble of thoughts, feelings, actions juxtaposing art, philosophy, pain, suffering, strategies for surviving cancer, hallucinations, sex, relationships with women in his life. The author pondering am I going crazy or dying? The book feels a little like madness. Almost dying of cancer must feel like going crazy.
I would rather have had a less ostentatious reader. The reader was good but I wanted a more humble reader. I would much rather have had the author read this aloud to me.
"It Didn't Take". This line is a direct quote from this audiobook and the line is repeated several times. It stands out as one of the only effective sentences in the story. This describes how I felt about listening to The End of the Affair. I found it pathetic, dull and uninspiring. Character development? Each character was a suffering narcissist who never got out of his/her own way. Lots of interesting questions were asked, none were answered. My question is why did Colin Firth read this aloud?
This was a riveting tale of parallel journeys. I thought the author wrote an amazingly believable story except for one part. I don't want to give anything in the story away, however, I want to warn you that toward the end of Vivian's tale, she does something that I can't believe any adopted woman, no matter how distraught, would ever do. There were many ways to keep us interested and I'm sorry the author decided this approach. I was really loving the Vivian character till that part.
I still highly recommend the audio despite that one part. Mostly the characters captured my heart.
My grandfather had a premonition and fled Germany before the war. My mother was ten when they emigrated to the United States. Our family lost a lot of family and friends.
When I listened to this memoir Wanda McCaddon's voice brought back memories of my grandmother's voice. My grandmother taught me to sew.
This is a truly riveting story of one woman and her family's survival during the Hitler regime. I've read a lot about the war. I have to keep reading about it. It's part of the fabric of my people. This history must be kept alive.
I am a seamstress and sewed the whole time I listened to this audiobook. My latest quilt got wet from all the tears I shed listening to Sara Turvel's story. I'm so glad she had her story finally published.
This audiobook, Super Brain, is packed with information that is uplifting, easy to follow, challenges us all to be more creative, healthy and fulfill our highest potential.
I feel encouraged and inspired to continue my journey as a lifelong learner, meditator, exerciser and healthy eater. This audiobook sure makes the case for doing all these things and more.
I have loved the writings and lectures of Deepak Chopra over the years. I am also grateful for the insights of Rudolph Tanzi. The narration is spot on.
There was a lot said, it was rich in information. One time listening does not seem enough.
Get it, listen to it and follow the instructions. Then listen again.
I was captivated by the story and motivated to read on. Gaige's style is interesting. I thought the narrator was excellent. Collyer made the main character seem believable even appealing at times. Schroder/Kennedy made one bad decision after another. Painful.
Having been through a difficult divorce (with children) I could feel the angst created in the story line. You felt angst throughout the audio.
I would recommend this book whole heartedly except that the end was not good. I like a book to have a true beginning, middle and end. I was disappointed with the end. I felt like the story stopped abruptly and I was left saying to myself, "Huh?".
I watched an interview with Jane Fonda recently and thought she has aged beautifully, is sensitive and articulate with the ability to laugh at herself. I’d like to age with such grace and since I am about to enter my “third act” as Jane Fonda calls 60+, I was open to the lessons Fonda had for me.
I have come away with mixed reviews. I did learn things, I was also bored by some of the more elementary sections of information.
What I liked and appreciated was being read aloud to by Jane Fonda. Her voice was faltering and slow but it felt personal and for the most part sincere. I learned about generativity which for me is a new concept. I want my “third act” to be based on this new concept. I learned about other books, doctors, and authors that Fonda quoted. I plan to look into reading these books, learning about the doctors. I enjoyed some of Fonda’s confessions, self disclosures, and anecdotes.
What I didn’t like was that the book read too much like a very basic “how to” book. The part about what to eat, the lists of foods or amounts of foods was not necessary. For some of us this is far too elementary.
I think Fonda is intelligent and witty. I think she is a great actor and did wonders for the fitness boom especially for women. I appreciate that she quoted lots of doctors. However I feel that some subjects should have been left for experts. These areas fell short of insights or credibility.
I was able to find wisdom. I really like the concept of a “third act”. This appealed to me and I found myself feeling more hopeful as I shortly enter my “third act”.
I laughed, I cried. When an audiobook can inspire the whole gamut of human emotions then I'm satisfied. I was very glad that the authors took the time to read their own stories.
I wish my daughter and I had been clever enough to have written this book ourselves. We have similar stories and we similarly lean on each other and are each other's best friend. In other words, I could relate to these short stories easily, laughing with authors, laughing at the authors, laughing at myself because everything could have been me or my daughter, and definitely feeling the same pangs of shame, guilt, or sadness that the authors also wonderfully conveyed.
A sure bet.
Exceptionally well read by both readers. I loved all the characters. Difficult, weighty subjects gracefully, tenderly addressed.
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