Cancer. Spares no one. Christopher Hitchens nails it. How it feels to have cancer, the fears, the dealing with the stupid things people say to you, to atheism, theism and beyond.
As one who is dealing with Stage 4 cancer and also facing my death, I found Mr. Hitchens words (and those of his wife) comforting, scary and real.
A brilliant book. Hard to listen to as one who is dying. A necessary read for all.
If you are a Carol Burnett fan then this is the book for you. It will enlighten you, make you laugh, and sometimes bring you to tears.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett and each week it felt like she invited us into her life. To know some of the behinds the scenes that went on, how Carol and her family lived outside of the show, and the people and animals she helped along the way is inspiring.
Listen to her tell her own story. Better than reading the book.
This is the second Lisa Gardner book I have listened to and it did not disappoint.
Ms. Gardner's characters are tortured souls thrust into untenable situations. It is sink or swim and her characters rise up against formidable odds.
The one thing I found a bit odd about the choice of narrator was that it was a female yet the central character is a man. It took a bit of time to get used to this but I was soon caught up in the story, it no longer mattered who was narrating.
This was my first exposure to Clive Cussler. At the beginning of the book it was captivating and intriguing. Half way through the book it was still captivating and intriguing. But I found that it got to a point where it became repetitive. I started to want the book to end.
That being said, I will try more Clive Cussler books because the imagination, attention to detail and history makes it worthwhile.
The essays are fascinating, well written, well performed. Each is about American historical figure like Mark Twain, John F. Kennedy, Abe Lincoln, etc. Probably of more interest to an American than to a non-American.
If one needed convincing to become an atheist, this is the book. The facts are shocking and astonishing.
I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book. I found the last couple of chapters a bit too much but overall, a fascinating read or listen. There is a lot to take in so I also purchased a hard copy of the book and read it after listening to it.
Already a confirmed atheist, I now feel better armed to have spirited debates with any believer.
One downside is that Mr. Hitchens tends to drop the ends of some sentences so if trying to listen with any other noise or distractions, some of the narrative gets lost.
I read "The God Delusion" (same author) and found some of the science way over my head yet I liked the book enough that I am reading it for a second time. The topic is of utmost interest to me.
I find this book (The Magic of Reality) somewhat "below my head". The topic is absolutely magical. There is no question about that. However, many of the concepts are laid out once, twice, three times and more and the repetition gets a bit boring.
Perhaps that is because of the weighty material being discussed, and the author's desire to dispel myths. He presents clear and concise arguments at each stage of the discussions, so clear in fact that the repetitions become redundant in some chapters.
However this a most interesting book. I learned a great deal...and I know I missed much. Therefore, I will listen to this book again.
I read this book a few years ago and loved it. I have since bought several copies and given them away.
However listening to this book made it so much more "real". My husband, who loves science but does not read much, thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book as we drove from Canada into the States. He asked for it every time we got in the car.
A most enjoyable and interesting listen. Something for everyone.
My first audiobook. No longer a virgin! And what a way to start.
Doesn't hurt that I adore Dick Van Dyke but that aside, his autobiography is magic...made more magical by his telling of his own story. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
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