YAKIMA, WA, United States | Member Since 2009
I enjoyed the start of the book but it won me over with the mom stuff. yeah.
I like Tina Fey generally, but I'm not a big fan of 30 Rock so I wasn't sure about the book. (for the record, I think the story lines are ridiculous, I think Alec Balwin is slightly annoying and I many of the 30 Rock jokes make me feel slightly uncomfortable.)
I didn't think this book had any of the problems that 30 Rock has. Tina Fey seemed a bit neurotic but mostly just funny. I like her sarcastic take on most things (exception being: She seems pretty amazed by Alec Baldwin in a way I don't get).
I was listening to the audiobook (earphones), in part, while my daughter napped. I laughed out loud several times and was actually worried that I'd wake her.
Like I said, I particularly laughed at some of the times she talked about being a working mom and the pressures of being a mom (working or otherwise) in society today. This stuff always gets me, because I found the first 6 months of motherhood to be really hard and I like hearing from otherwise successful people who also had a hard time. Especially if they make it seem ridiculous that other people made you feel bad then. yeah.
anyway, its pretty short. You should probably read it. the book generally had some pretty right-on moments that I haven't heard before. It wasn't heavily SNL, 30 Rock or even feminist (I wouldn't have minded the former or the latter). I kept feeling that she concisely poked at a bit of truth over and over again, in a way that was light, funny and real.
I was putting this off because of the cancer and the death and the sadness (all anticipated and provided in the story as well). I'm glad I finally decided to listen. The book was thoughtful and funny and touching and just really well done. The narrator was also excellent.
Don't worry, you will cry, but you will be glad you read it.
I really enjoyed this story from the get-go. One can tell the "surprise" from early on, but the way it was handled was a lot of fun. The story was fast-paced, a little oddball and an interesting look at some of the science fiction drama of our culture. I'm not sure about the codas, but the story itself was quite a fun read.
I read this to have read it. I did. And now I don't remember much. Granted, its been a while since I finished it, but the time of these artists is so far removed from our time that it takes concentration just to follow the history. I appreciated some of the commentary by the translator, but I had a hard time, in the audiobook, understanding which things were comments by Vasari and which were comments from the translator.
I wish this book were better. I would like to know more about the artists and the times in which they lived, but Vasari is writing at a different time and for a different audience, so I think that was where it lost me. Vasari had motives as an author and making me understand 15th century Italy wasn't one of them.
I've read all Follett's other big trilogies and I recommend them. The Pillar's of the Earth and World without End were better, at least I connected more with the characters, but I really enjoyed The Fall of Giants.
Winter of the World stands on its own but is the second in the Century Triology. I didn't remember the connections between the first book very well, but it didn't seem to matter. A nice bonus in the first trilogy is how the characters are all connected to a place and it's easier to see the connections between families in the earlier and later times. This book doesn't have that because of the nature of the world at this time, families are moving and the book covers much more geography.
The broad physical range of the characters in the story is a strength in the book but, for me, make it less easy to connect to the previous book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it. The writing was good, the narration too. The story was complex and compelling and the characters were varied and interesting.
This is a fast paced, surprising story. I liked it because it didn't unfold as expected and because the action kept moving.
After listening to this (but before writing a review, obviously) I listened to a second Max Barry novel because I liked this one. Just now I had to double check that it (Machine Man) was by the same author. The story in Lexicon is interesting and it moves along quickly. Te concept is new and unexpected. Machine Man was slow and a bit annoying, though the concept was new and somewhat unexpected.
The moral or parable in Lexicon is subtle (if it is intended). I thought the writing here was much better.
I recommend this one.
I read this as an adult (without my kid) on the recommendation of a friend. I liked the story, though it was clearly aimed a little younger. I'd like to share it with my daughter, who is almost 6, but I'm not sure if it would be just a bit much for her at this point.
There were some fun surprises in your basic smart, resourceful kids save the day in a new way without much adult supervision story. I would imagine a midlevel reader (I'm not really sure what age that would be) would get a kick out of solving some of the puzzles just ahead of the kids in the story--or just behind them.
I look forward to reading this and the next with my kid. I'm not sure if I would read the next on my own as an adult, but I would recommend the first to an adult alone.
This book was ok. I read it because of an interest in art. It's an art book in passing, but I found more to interest an artist in Martin's "Born Standing Up," which concerns the making an refining of an artist's voice.
This book was, I'm not sure, a novel about a woman who sold stuff, schmoozed and conned people. Art was incidental to the story, romance was almost a focus, there was almost a mystery, there was not quite a chase. I don't know what to say about it. It was ok.
As you can see by the length, this is a thick book, and dense. There is a lot of information. A few times I thought it dragged, but overall I found it to be quite good. I can't imagine what the author could have done to make a comprehensive biography of a complex man and an extensive history of the events and people of his life not drag out a bit.
A good biography or history makes the reader think differently about the man or the time after reading. This book does that. I find myself reading a simple Jefferson quote on Facebook and reacting much differently. "Hey wait, that was said at a time when Jefferson and Hamilton were in disagreement about banking! You've taken that out of context."
I don't say that I am now an expert, but I feel like I know have at least an inkling of what was happening at these times and how personalities influenced policy and politics. I think the book helps put today's politics in perspective, though the author doesn't really go into this idea much himself.
Occasionally I thought the author's personal opinion seemed in evidence. He seems to believe Hamilton a hero in most respects as a statesman, though I thought sometimes the author's voice contradicted the events described. (I thought Hamilton was a pompous idiot sometimes.)
Overall, I thought this was a great book to have read. I sometimes break up a dense informational book with a lighter read. I listened to this book for several hours, then listened to an old favorite (Harry Potter) for a while to sort of decompress. I would definitely consider another Ron Chernow book in the future.
Incidentally, I read this book solely on the recommendation of a friend. I had not personal interest in Hamilton going in. I would read another Chernow book solely on the quality of the writing, not because of a specific interest in a particular figure.
I think a bat flew into my room the other night while I was sleeping and bit me. This book is disturbing my dreams. Read at your own risk!
No, really, the book is good and very interesting, though I might recommend you take breaks from this book to read about rainbows and sunshine and cute babies. It is dark and sometimes ghastly. (Which you could probably figure out based on the title and topic.)
The book was well written and researched. The topic is unavoidably intriguing and the history well-handled. I liked the organization of the book and I appreciate that the author included a few (relatively) uplifting pieces of information about more recent advances in treatment, like the Milwaukee protocol. I asked my husband to remember the Milwaukee protocol in case my dream about the bat flying in my room was actually true.
This book has a good combination of history, science and folklore--or, more precisely, how folklore was affected (or might have been) by real incidents of rabies.
I recommend the book to folks who are interested. I give 5 stars for the performance and book, but demote an overall star because the book isn't exactly pleasant. I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone.
gosh, this is a good idea, but so much of the book is discussion and angst and feelings. I preferred the parts where folks got moving and did stuff.
The start is actually pretty funny (in an aha way, rather than in an LOL way), and I think most of us will see ourselves in the slightly neurotic actions of the protagonist. And action comes along reasonably soon. But the pace is slow from the very start and only slows down more as you near the middle of the book.
Honestly, I read this book as a form of research. I am considering prostheses in my artistic pursuits and a previous book helped me think about them in a new way (FYI: I enjoyed Cinder by Marissa Meyer much better and was intrigued by its perspective on prostheses.) This book did, I suppose, give me something to consider in relation to prostheses, but the story itself was too slow and the main character too focused on himself for the book to be truly enjoyable.
The book is clearly a parable and while listening one feels a bit like the parable of the story is all that one can see. It ain't subtle, is what I'm saying. Read it if it sounds interesting, but here is the one and only time I can remember recommended an abridged version if available.
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