I never understood the genius of this icon, or why he has become such a force of nature. Listening to this book has made it crystal clear! William Shatner is a character. Bill is an inspirational, no nonsense, talented, funny, honest, ambitious, hard working, authentic man. Bill explains how Shatner succeeded and continues to succeed. The book is so well paced and delivered that I'm sure it's better listened to than read. Mr. Shatner shares the wisdom & candid anecdotes of his 80 years, and his "tips" on attitude and success. While not a Trekkie, I understand the appeal of the franchise and its impact on pop culture. This is not a book for written for Trek fans only. If you want something in the smart/funny vein of Tina Fey's Bossypants, say YES to this book!
I had this book in my library before I knew it was going to be a film with Helen Mirren, so when I saw the preview I rushed to listen.
It's a passable book with a good germ of a story. But it never delved into character. It was more of the protagonist reading his datebook/journal with no real depth of feeling.
Listening to the narrator do the French accents, was like listening to Inspector Clouseau. I look forward to the film and Ms. Mirren breathing life into a cliché relationship.
This book is formulaic, predictable, the characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is flat and even the sex is dull! I am not a romance book snob, and I like a good romp as much as anyone - and it does not need to be great literature - but I found myself "talking back" to the narration in annoyance! It did not seem like a real book, but a template or outline for a romance novel and you fill in the color. I do NOT understand how it got all these good reviews! (so I am adding in another voice)
I have already recommended this book to both my teens - as well as my reader friends. These characters are so vivid, so likeable, so real that I know they will stay with me as if they were a part of my real life.
I can't pinpoint one. The two main protagonists - Hazel & Gus have an authentic connection and their conversations are beautiful. The sarcasm intermingled with fear and joy are beautifully balanced.
No, but I will consider her perfomances a selling point to any download purchase.
I did both. In fact, I re-listened to it the second I finished it... back to back listens to savor the characters, story & emotions.
With all the fantasy, post apocalyptic world, vampire stories for young adults - it was so refreshing to read a slice of life story with real people and emotions. Readers will be stirred to ask questions and examine lives. Beautiful book.
There are plenty of reviews to give you the gist of the plot - but I had to put it out there that my 12 year old daughter, who resists reading at every turn, fell in love with this book as well as its sequel. She loved the characters, the way they were developed and interacted and really grew to care for them. My 15 year old son disdains some similarities to Hunger Games, but I believe the story and characters are different enough to set them apart. It was a fun read and my daughter and I both look forward to book three!
I gave into peer pressure as I just had to see why EVERYONE around me was reading this book! This is an erotic romance. There are tons out there to choose from. The author has a LOT of "inspiration" from Twilight; it's not hard to spot parallel scenes. This is a story of obsessive attraction with an x rating (and no vampires). My guess to the fuss is that the level of story was good for this genre and I did enjoy the interplay (verbal) of the characters. The narration NEEDS to be addressed - it is very weak and there are distractions... my two biggest peeves are the reading of EACH AND EVERY heading AND signatures of the emails exchanged AND - the narrator most often mispronounces "Christian" - making it sound like "crust-shun". Awful!
Reading this book is like eating cheese doodles - not at all nutritious, but enjoyable in the moment.
Consistency of story and depth of charachters.
Spent more time on story and less time on finding ways to gross out the reader.
young, energetic, engaging.
There are too many to choose from. Ask me which I'd keep.... and my answer would be the scenes alone at school over holiday break.
The narration kept me going as far as I went, but I coudn't give any more hours of my life to a story and a character that was engulfed by pointless, childish, bodily fluid centered grossness. I thought this might have been targeted as a Young Adult book, but there is no way I'd point anyone I know, at any age in this direction.
I am an audiophile, so answering no to this question truly indicates that I did not like the portrayal of the protagonist's voice. The voice of Jamie Fraser is more real to me read by Davina Porter! He sounded a bit like Pierce Brosnan, and was missing strength. I also felt that the Scottish accent was inconsistent.
Without giving spoilers, the most memorable moment in the book is when Lord John asks Jamie for forgiveness, and Jamie responds in Latin. Perfect! Their conversations are the reason to read this book.
Not so much. I had to focus to realize the character had changed.
OK - Jamie aside (as I've been in love with him from the other books) - I would choose Minnie. She has gone from a Jacobite spy to a Duchess and moves smoothly in all worlds. What interesting stories she could tell! I would love to count her among my friends.
It goes without saying that this is a must for all
With a passion for both Shakespeare and all things Italian, I was excited at the premise of this book. While some of the twists and turns kept me reading, I found the modern day Juliet to be one dimensional, not the brightest bulb, and an inconsistant character. The smattering of the supernatural was tepid, the coincidences were too "on the nose", and the relationships underdeveloped. Read this with expectations of a light, fluffy experience. Its "PG rating" would make it a good read for a student along side their first exposure to Shakespeare.
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