Being as I never read Heather McDonald's first book, she definitely became note-worthy after reading this book. No longer is she the girl from Chelsea Lately but she is Heather McDonald - you know the Heather McDonald who snapped on her son for overreacting to her crumbling warm-fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies. That Heather.
Great read. It isn't overly funny - but what makes it appropriately funny is how relatable she and her stories are. Must read her first book asap now!
Whether you believe in Amanda Knox's innocence or not - you should definitely consider hearing her side of the story.
It goes without saying, the night of November 1st was tragic. A life was lost - brutally. Those are the facts. What happened during that night is a mystery - partly due to the naivete of Knox and her initial lies, partly due to a lackluster criminal forensic investigation, and partly due to a flawed Italian justice system. One thing is for sure, Knox will definitely try to persuade you to understand her position and role in the unfortunate event.
I began listening to her memoir with an opinion regarding the case and I was surprised upon finishing it, as to how I felt about Knox and the case. Moreover, listening to her read her own words gives the memoir more conviction. You can feel her emotions and frustration as she is reading. Justice would not have been served if anyone else had read it. I encourage everyone to give this audiobook a chance and to listen to her words and her experience.
I've watched the movie and it left quite an impression on me so I decided that I needed to read the book. What a journey!
First off - get through the first 30 minutes of the audio. Alice Sebold does not have a voice conducive to reading. It was hard to listen to her read initially, but once the plot picked up, it became a non-issue.
Sebold's initial disclaimer regarding her own rape makes listening to her read about a girl getting raped and sequentially murdered hauntingly real. Furthermore, the setting that the murders took place in is in my backyard. As a result, it was very eerie to listen to at times. The story line just seemed so plausible.
This is definitely one of those cases where I am glad that I listened to the audiobook as opposed to reading the print book. The characters were brought to life and their pain was felt. There were many times that I was left on the verge of tears. I don't want to divulge much more regarding the book but I cannot stress how good of a read (listen) it was!
All audiobooks should be like this one! Anne Hathaway gave an exquisite performance. There were times that I forgot that it was her reading and not a dozen other people. She truly brought this story to life!
This was such a pleasant listen. At times, it was quite different to how I remember the movie, but nonetheless still entertaining. I greatly appreciated how innocent this story was. It truly seemed like child's play - as if kids were playing "imagination".
This was a great listen and a great investment. When I feel as if life is getting too serious, I will definitely play this again to come back down to earth!
This was by far so much better than I anticipated. I never intended on listening to #GirlBoss because I couldn't get past how cheesy the title was, but Goodreads offered this audiobook for free. So hey, who can say no to free? At only a little over 4 hours long, I expected some boring tale of how some rich girl stayed rich. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover because if that's the kind of book you're looking for...keep looking!
I've never heard of NastyGal or Sophia Amoruso, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear she was just like me - a regular girl. She managed through hard work, diligence, and (she does not believe in luck) a persistent drive, to create a million dollar company - all before the age of 30!
Amoruso's candid advice of how to become a girlboss was not intimidating, unlike other self-help books that can be overwhelming. I think a big part of that was due to the fact that she is just like the average Jane - trying to make it and get by; but she did much more than that. She became it.
I'm definitely encouraged to become a girlboss after reading this. It is more than inspiring - it is encouraging and I feel as if my dreams are within my reach after listening to this book. The narrator also helped in this sentiment - because she sounded like a girl next door. I promise you will finish this book feeling like "If Sophia can do it, I know I can!".
I had so many mixed emotions while listening to this book.
For one, it was a bit slow to begin with, so I struggled to get through the first two hours. I didn't see what everyone was talking about - how great of a story it was. I was more interested in that ill-fated day than her life story and her familial history; however, in hindsight, that background was appropriate. (In case you're wondering, it should be noted that the actual shooting and the events after the shooting probably account for 1/3 of the actual story.)
Secondly, I was amazed that a girl so young was so passionate about education and the rights of her people. As an American, where such freedoms are taken for granted, it was absolutely impressive and commendable. Most 12 year old females (or males) for that instance that I know of could care less if they go to school. She just seemed so much wiser than her age.
Lastly, my eyes were opened to lives of those in the Swat and surrounding regions. It as absolutely terrifying to learn of the constant presence of the Taliban. My heart cried out for Malala and those that still have to live in fear of them.
I'm glad that I read this book - it was very educational for me. It's definitely a book everyone should read - to gain perspective and to appreciate the freedoms that many take for granted.
This was such a boring and predictable listen. The narrator's voice did not help either - I caught myself dozing off on more than one occasion - truly disappointed.
What bothered me the most was how predictable the listen was. I know a lot of romance novels are predictable but maybe this just isn't a good book for audio.
I finished this audiobook in record time - in about three days! It was that good!
I bought this book with the idea that this was another book exploring the challenges of infidelity in marriages but it was so much more than that. The characters in Liane Moriarty's novel faced infidelity, tragedies, and the day to day hustle and bustle we call life. While she details the present day occurrences that her characters deal with, she also employs flashback in between, to describe the actual events of the ill-fated day. My mouth was left on the floor by the time I finished listening!
I'm not sure why there are people who dislike this book so much because it had me from the first word! It was very fast paced and energetic. I definitely say to give it a try!
This was such a moving account of a woman's journey through her diagnosis and day to day life of living with ALS. Before reading this book, I was quite unfamiliar with ALS but Spencer-Wendel does a phenomenal job of explaining how debilitating this disease could be. My mouth dropped to the ground when she described how transculent her hand was right before she started seeking medical care that led up to her diagnosis. I sympathized for her when she detailed her gradual loss of all of her muscles - even her tongue. It was devastating to hear someone go through this - I can't imagine what her family and her had to endure.
With that being said, her title did her story justice. She did in fact live with joy. Little things that healthy women take for granted - such as applying make-up - she became proactive about. For example, she made sure that she wouldn't need to worry about not being able to put on make-up or having someone else do it. She simply had make-up permanently tattooed to her! How ingenious! She discovered (spoiler alert) her birth parents and even traveled to Greece to reconnect with some family. There are healthy people that haven't been able to travel anywhere outside of the States so to hear her travel, not once but twice, to Greece was commending.
I was inspired by her bravery and her refusal to succumb willingly to ALS. Even though she had a definite death sentence, she managed to still live her life. It was amazing - a very inspirational read! Unfortunately, she recently passed but I hope that her legacy continues to live on through her family and children. It's never good-bye Mrs. Spencer-Wendel, but we will see you later!
I wanted to read OITNB, so that I could watch the series on Netflix. I wasn't sure what I was getting into - if it was a social experiment, a joke, or a scary tale of a woman doing hard time. It was none of those. It is a recollection of the author's experience in Danbury prison for 13 months. Prisoned in Danbury, she clearly could not have had the typical prison experience. I was shocked at how cushioned her time was. It was not how I expected prison to be. Granted, her offense did not warrant maximum security or lockdown, it is a bit unsettling to hear how comfortable she and other prisoners were kept off of my tax dollars.
Kerman not only describes her experience at jail in detail but her offense that led her to prison time as well. Her romance with her friend-turned-boyfriend-turned-fiancee, Larry, is also described heavily in the book. It was amazing the loyalty that people must show when dealing with someone in jail because there are so many obstacles against them. Overall, this novel details all aspects of her prison experience - she even describes having her annual OB/GYN check-up in prison (it did not sound pleasant in the least).
One thing that I did appreciate about Kerman's tale was that she gave her fellow inmates personalities. When I think of female prisoners, I think of a rough around the edges, butch, scary woman - not a tender caretaker personality like Pop or Natalie. It showed me that whatever their offenses are or were, there is still good in them.
Piper Kerman's book is enlightening in the sense that now I have a better idea of what goes on in prison and through the justice system. It was disappointing in the severity of her and her other inmate's punishment (although I don't believe her particular crime justified it anyway). It was frustrating hearing her complain about what she felt entitled to and what she didn't have or was missing. Although, it seemed quite inhumane that she was not granted permission to attend her grandmother's funeral. That was incomprehensible!
If anything, Kerman's description of her experience in jail will open up discussions regarding the prison system. For example, processes like reintegration, that she described as lackluster, should be given attention to. Corruption in the jail system should be eradicated. I know for me, comfortable or not, I never want to share her experience!
Cycle of Lies was a true eye opener to not only what Lance Armstrong did but to the history of cycling. Prepare yourself for a jaw opener because it was truly unbelievable what Armstrong and his fellow cyclists put their bodies through in order to win. Blood doping, the use of testosterone and cortisone, as well as EPO were all employed to achieve cycling domination. What was equally astonishing was his arrogance. He vehemently denied doping throughout his career until he was forced into a corner and even then he was anything but remorseful. "If everyone was doing it, then it was not cheating." Never mind the physical consequences that he and others riders put themselves through by taking these toxic drugs - winning was all that mattered.
Besides relating about his cycling career and personal life, there are quite a few mentions of the charity, LiveStrong, that he founded and how it was affected by his "victories" and then ultimate downfall. It is a shame that such a positive cause was diminished by the selfish actions of one person. What's even more discouraging is the fact that he tries to justify his doping and actions by arguing that he helped millions of cancer patients with his charity.
Macur did a great job at writing from a neutral standpoint. She could have been more subjective in her painting of him but the readers can come to a clear understanding and judgment of Lance Armstrong just by listening to the quotes that she offers from him. First hand witness accounts are also provided and they also shed light on the person that Armstrong is. He is a brutal monster that equates himself to some god. It was liberating to finally read that he was held accountable for his actions.
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