Non-formulaic crime story
The description of the crime
Mr Malo has the incredibly annoying habit of emphasizing every third word. He also over articulates words so that his cadence is often staccato. This didn't happen all the time but it was very noticeable when he did.
It wasn't interesting enough to listen to all in one sitting. Plus I usually only listen to books when driving.
Alan Cummings narration. I listen to a lot of non-fiction, mostly biographies, and love when the author reads their own because it gives you a glimpse into what they were thinking when they wrote it. Alan's lovely Scottish lilt is wonderful.
The story was heartbreaking in a lot of spots but mostly I love how Alan came through it, dealt with it and seems to have triumphed in spite of it. The love he has for his brother, mother and partner are palpable when he is talking about them.
The scene talking about his granny's funeral was my favourite. Obviously, the scene was sad because she has died but I loved how he spoke of her and tried to capture the fun of his relationship with her by re-enacting the bridge jumping memories with his partner Grant.
Alan Cummings had a scary and cruel upbringing and I concur with his assumption that his father was mentally ill, even sadistic. I understand how he believes that maybe that clouded the memories of his childhood as he said more than once that surely there were some fun bits that he is blocking out. But I loved the journey that he took his listeners on in acknowledging the issues, addressing them and then letting them go so he could live his life as happily as possible. It was also very interesting to mirror the memories of his own life and childhood as he researched his past. Very intelligent writing and not what I expected, but really better than expected.
I am not a hacker but that part of the story interested me as it might others.
Not be so whiny. I haven't finished this book and don't know if I'll return to it because, as per my headline, Kevin Mitnick is a jerk. He continues to break the law and then whines about how policing agencies are trying to charge him for things he didn't do...guess what, if you break the law that sometimes happens. He also lost jobs as a result of his criminal past and again, he whines about that. He also puts the reputation of those around him, including his mother and girlfriend, at risk by engaging in criminal behaviour, and in the case of his girlfriend, does it with her computer so she is being looked at by the police.
At first I really like the story line but as above, once he started to blame others for him getting caught or charged for stuff he didn't do, I lost interest. I can understand that some was just a teenage boy being a cocky kid trying to push boundaries but not blaming himself for being unemployed because of his criminal past bugged me. He also seemed like an arrogant individual. Some of this may be addressed in the parts of the book that I haven't got to yet but not sure I'm going to finish listening to it so you may not wish to take my word for it.
I've listened to lots of good books but Guts remains my favourite. The brevity of the book is mostly because it was focused on a specific event but I wished it was longer because of how much I enjoyed the narration.
There really is no comparison, the story is certainly unique (since really, Kristen shouldn't be alive after her medical emergency) and Kristen's story telling and narration was so, so amazing.
Her English accents are great and I know others have said this, but it really is like she is telling you her story over a cup of tea. Like we're old friends hanging out. I read somewhere that she rehearsed her narration for a very long time and made all her friends and family listen to her but it doesn't come across as rehearsed at all.
I really hope that Kristen either writes another book or someone else asks her to narrate. The book is very, very funny but also sad and insightful.
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