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A. ONeal

Angie

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  • A Royal Duty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Burrell
    • Narrated By Paul Burrell
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (29)
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    (29)

    In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant.

    A. ONeal says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Any additional comments?

    There's a saying along the lines of "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

    Paul Burrell spends over 400 pages describing innumerable instances in which he believed he served as Diana's faultless knight in shining armor. He repeatedly uses words such as "heroic" and "discrete" (!) to describe himself, which struck me as increasingly strange as the book plodded on. Also, Paul has a wife and family but yet states clearly that his loyalty was/is foremost to Diana - all day, every day.

    It doesn't someone who's studied psychology (which I have, I should add) to realize Paul Burrell (and Diana, to be honest) have some issues. Most likely, codependency.

    Don't read this book if you're hoping to learn a great deal about Princess Diana. If self-congratulatory butlers are your thing, though, this is the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1685)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1025)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Sound premise, endlessly repeated"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got through 75% of the book before I couldn't stand the author's repetitiveness any more. Though the premise of the book seems sound, I felt like I was listening (I have the audiobook) to the same chapter over and over. He even (repeatedly!) includes phrases such as "Like I've already mentioned..." and "As we've already discussed in previous chapters..." and goes on to restate essentially what he's already said. Bleh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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