This was a great listen all the way through - holding my attention from the beginning, but getting progressively suspenseful to the very end. Great, great book. The narrator reads well and has a nice, low, female voice.
I know a lot of people love Bill Bryson, and because of that, I had tried to listen to A Walk in the Woods several years ago, but never made it very far. For some reason, at the time, I was really turned off by his tone; he seemed pretentious and rude. I never made it very far.
But a friend was listening to this book at work and told me a few fun-facts she had learned from it. I decided to give Bryson a second try, and LOVED this book. I'm not sure what changed, but it was a pleasure to listen - all the way through.
Fun facts about the history of the British country home.
There are three similar SNL memoirs out there right now: Tina Fey's, Mindy Kalling's, and Rachel Dratch's. In many ways, they all overlap. There are highs and lows to each one, and a bit of unnecessary name-dropping and fawning in all of them, but all three also have very funny parts.
In my opinion, Tina Fey's was by far the best, funniest, and most mature of the three. Having read that one first, the other two had a hard time living up to her standard.
It wasn't bad - it just never sucked me in.
I never made it all the way to the end.
Starts off great, but unravels a bit in the last quarter.
I grow weary of Rakoff's tireless self-analysis and intent to experience the costliest of lifestyles in as much misery as possible. His work on This American Life was entertaining, but I will not be buying another of his books.
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