No much. I found the performance irritating and the plot boring.
I guess I would have rather had more procedure and less personality. Not that I don't love good character development - but this wasn't it.
Resonant, thought provoking
I liked best seeing how Ed Catmull has thought deeply about organizational psychology and how things evolve from random events into corporate culture that can be hard to undo if it gets too set in stone.
I know that some people really objected to his narration, but I enjoyed it. I thought he brought a tone of wry bemusement and sincerity to the narration that seemed absolutely appropriate to me.
I think that Ed's eulogy, for lack of a better word, for Steve Jobs at the end of the book was quite touching. Like many people that he cited, I've always thought Jobs comes across as an arrogant ass (although a brilliant one) and it was interesting to hear a different perspective on him from someone who knew him very well.
I bought this for everyone on my team and recommended it also to my boss. I do not work in the movie industry, but I believe there are many many parallels with other industries and many ideas that can be taken from the experiments at Pixar and Disney that might work in other settings.
Well, since it came up repeatedly on lists of favorite books of 2014 there must be many people who did enjoy it. Why I honestly cannot think. At the beginning I thought it was going to be excellent - interesting characters, interesting plot, but then the author just seemed to lose interest in the whole thing and randomly dealt with characters and plot points in sometimes appalling ways.
A nice police procedural
The blind girl protagonist (already have forgotten her name)
The thuggish boy from the school who is the killer of the resistance people that the radio unit finds.
I did not need a bad book to remind me that the Nazis were brutal. I do not know why everyone thinks this is a great book. I was so disappointed I was tempted to ask for my credit back. I went back and relistened to parts trying to understand whether I had missed some major event that was wrapping up a significant plot device, but no, it simply was not dealt with in any significant way. Perhaps that was the author's intent but if so, it simply wasn't the kind of book for me.
Yes, very much so - great characters, thought provoking from multiple points (the concept of homers, the plot device revolving around dementia), the interesting location
WIthout a doubt it has to be Tormud McDonald (or Johnnie MacBride as we come to learn he is). Overall this was a truly touching reminder that old people, even those lost to us through dementia, have complicated histories that younger folk may not take the time to know.
Absolutely the standoff at the end, which although I anticipated it I found highly satisfying.
I think one thing that really resonated was when the mother has boxed up all her husband's things in preparation for putting them out in the trash, without even consulting her children. This is not anything that has ever happened to me, but her actions seemed so entirely plausible and her indignant justifications so real that I could picture the entire scene.
The Catholic church's approach to getting rid of problematic orphans and unwanted children was to me yet another example of something the Church should be held accountable for that is simply inexcusible. Although this book was fictional, I have no doubt that these practices occurred.
Meh. Maybe. I have to confess that DC Maeve Kerrigan comes across as a rather irritating character and the narrator made her seem even more irritating to me. This is one case where I wonder whether I would have like her better had I read the book rather than listened to it.
Honestly I had trouble liking any of them. I was looking for a police procedural, not a soap opera.
Well, it is part of a series and there are a number of open plot points so inevitably there will be a sequel and we will have the opportunity to listen to more of Maeve's heaving and witness more of her idiotic acts (can we say backup?). Why do police officers go places without telling anyone where they are going and without backup? The overall tone of the book felt contrived and the narrator made me feel like I was listen to a bodice ripper.
I think there is supposed to be some sexual tension between Kerrigan and Derwent but at the same time Maeve is supposed to be madly in love with her boyfriend Rob. More bodice ripper subplot stuff - not what I was looking for.
Length ( at two books a month this is an important criterion) -- and the history itself is memorable. Glad to see Bill Mauldin's excellent memoir cited.
Bombing of Monte Cassino with nobody inside but monks and refugees
Not unless he learns how to pronounce place names
Narrator's pronunciation of Passchendale (he seems to be saying Passindolly) is setting my teeth on edge. I guess George Guidall can't narrate everything but someone should at least make sure narrators can pronounce important place names.
The Nolan family. What a brilliant group. No whiners. I loved the scene where Francie tries to write about her father and her teacher, used to fluffy compositions about trees and other "pretty" subjects, calls her work sordid and gives her bad marks. Francie goes home and burns her pretty compositions. I am sorry to say that I have experienced this type of teacher myself in the past - and so have my children. It is frustrating to have teachers who seem to feel it is their obligation to stamp out any spark of originality as quickly as possible.
I am torn between Francie and Katie. In Francie I see some of myself in the past; in Katie I see a woman who is so unflinchingly honest that you have to admire her.
No, but this performance was excellent.
I could barely stop! If I could have, I would have.
Why did I wait til I was 55 to read this book?
Growing up fast. In view of when this book was written, one gains courage for the youth of America that are described by their elders as whiney and pampered. Clearly this is nothing new. The lessons here about the differences between commanding and commanding respect, and the differences between competent authority and positional authority, are timeless for all individuals who work in a tiered organization.
Probably the part where Willy looks back on his service and realizes that the Navy may know what it is doing after all.
This is a book I would recommend to individuals who are on the cusp of growing up. You kind of grow up yourself a little while listening to it - it really challenges your assumptions and justifications about your own behavior.
Definitely would listen again - it was not only a well crafted story with a plot that hangs together in all its essential details, but the characters are appealing and interesting and the dialogue flows naturally. There is nothing stiff, formulaic or artificial about this book, unlike so many mysteries (even successful ones). The performance was also excellent - all the voices done differently and appropriately - reminiscent of Patrick Tull or Jim Dale or George Guidall (favorite audio performers)
Some of Carolyn Graham's work - same type of great characters, intricate plotting
Would be happy to read another Cormoran Strike book - this debut was a pleasure
Where to begin - a plot that makes sense? some character development? I know this was a first effort and I now can understand why it was rejected by so many book agents as "too novel." I could not finish listening and gave up after about an hour. It just made me squirm - maybe it was supposed to be ironic but if so I guess I am just not intellectual enough to go there.
Nothing by this author if this is representative.
The audio performance was very good.
Please don't waste your credit.
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