I like Mike Birbiglia and listen to a lot of his stuff via This American Life, but I would only recommend this title to people who really, really love Mike Birbiglia. I don't regret listening, but honestly, I didn't really laugh out loud too much during this performance. I also bought "Two Drink Mike" and some of the jokes were repeated, which was a bummer.
I totally agree with a previous reviewer that this book is "a mess." That is the best way to describe this book.
I truly enjoyed the beginning of the book, but in the second half it just gets totally haphazard and forced. He just puts Harold and Erica into any situation and then lists some random study or quote to justify it, but each point is disconnected from the rest and incompatible with the initial narrative that started off so strong.
I did finish it, but it was definitely a struggle to keep up with it in part 2.
I DO NOT recommend this audiobook.
Narration was fine, though.
The book is written in a sort of epidemic/crisis format- very much encouraging the reader to take this matter seriously, with useful tips for parents of young boys. Sadly, it doesn't provide much help for how to handle adult men who are the result of these "five factors." Much of the analysis surrounds the formative years of a boy's life, encouraging parents to find a school that fits their son, rather than trying to make their son fit a school. The author discourages use of medication for ADHD, drinking out of bottles that contain certain types of plastic, and using video games and computer time as a substitute for real-life learning and experience.
I do not have children, but I still found this book to be extremely interesting, and I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author. The narration was very good too.
I recommended this book to my friends who are teachers, and/or who have sons. For those who aren't directly concerned with boys and young men today- I don't know how interesting you'll find the book.
Most of my values don't really match up with Ann Patchett's, but I liked this audiobook because she seems honest. It was interesting to hear about her life and her love story. I think it's a very high-quality audiobook, if you like hearing love stories and hearing about interesting people. I enjoy both, so I enjoyed listening; but, I wouldn't really classify this as a feel-good story. It's a thought-provoking and slightly dim story about one woman's experience.
At some times, the story was a little slow moving, in my opinion. However, the narration makes it engaging. I thought the idea of 2 narrators was very appropriate. I cannot imagine having listened to one person reading the whole thing. It definitely adds to the quality of the audiobook to have 2 narrators. I do not regret listening to this one. It's a very sweet story.
Collins creates very interesting and compelling characters. This is not just a young adult fad, it's an exciting story that sends good messages to young people, especially girls. I didn't think I would like it because it's about children killing children, but the book does not take delight in violence at all. There is violence present, but it's not glorified or even accepted. In fact, I would say one message of the book is, "This is not okay." So, if you're worried about that aspect of it, I'd say you should still consider listening.
The narrator is awesome! Never dull or boring, and never annoying or overly-animated. Perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It's great!
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent narrator, and this book continues the very exciting story that Suzanne Collins has created. If you liked the first book, just keep listening!
Rob Lowe has done an amazing job. I'm 23 years old and knew virtually nothing about Rob Lowe prior to reading this book. I had only seen him on Parks & Recreation. After reading about some of the buzz his audiobook generated, I decided to listen.
This is the only audiobook that I've actually listened to more than once!
Not only is Rob Lowe a good writer, but he is also a great story-teller! I thought this would be uninteresting to me since I wasn't a previous fan, and I hadn't seen most of his work as an actor, but I watched The Outsiders after listening to this audiobook, and it was so cool to know the inside scoop about his experience while watching the movie! His life is filled with so many amazing stories- and even though this book is full of name-dropping, he does it in such an exciting and honest way. I think the best part of this book was how honest and open Rob Lowe seemed about his life. He has truly undergone some amazing transformations and I feel proud of him even though I've never met him! That's how good this audiobook is!!
This is a very popular book, and the audiobook is just what you'd expect. Not an extraordinarily captivating performance by the narrator, but you wouldn't expect one. Very important, valuable material is presented- a unique perspective on Christianity from C.S. Lewis that has no-doubt changed many people, and that is what you'd expect. I am glad to have listened to this audiobook. In fact, I own the paperback and could never get through it- but when it's read to you it feels restored to the original intention of a radio program. Worth the credit.
I gave 5 stars for performance and 3 for story. Mindy is very funny, and I like her style, so I liked the book. Like Tina Fey in Bossypants, Mindy writes about things that all women can relate to, and that most women agree with on some level. She does an excellent job of reading (some authors don't do as well as you would want), maybe since she's also an actress. She definitely gave excitement to the reading. Her voice is a little high-pitched, but again, I like Mindy so I enjoyed listening. The male readers were AWESOME and believable.
I gave 3 for story because she is quite superficial and materialistic, so you'll find those themes running through the entire thing. It's funny, especially if you're being light-hearted about it, but it's not the kind of story that keeps you thinking and expands you as a person. The story itself is pretty forgettable, but it was very fun and enjoyable while it lasted. I'm assuming that was her goal.
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