I've heard so much about Tony Robbins and this book that I didn't think twice about buying it. Maybe my expectations were too high but I didn't enjoy it at all. Robbins sounds insincere, like a bad actor.
That said, I'm not sorry I purchased it. This is one of those books that people talk about a lot but I couldn't sit down to read. I like having the chance to listen to it while I walk somewhere or do the dishes.
Although--at times--I felt as though I were being scolded for eating meat it was a well argued thesis against factory farming and fishing; I did learn a lot, though at times I think it's a great time to buy this one (close to Halloween). Some gruesome images are likely to stay with me for a while.
It is very manipulative, bookended by personal eulogy to his grandmother and memoir re: new fatherhood as his motivation to look into where meat comes from, because it matters more to him that he knows what he is feeding his child than himself.
Very literary and moving in many ways, but also includes pages upon pages of footnotes, essays by others, and philosophical digressions. Overall, it's a very full book and worth reading.
This book has race and feminist themes (which I would like anyway), but most importantly, it's all about storytelling.
The alternating narrators really adds to the authenticity of the reading, their voices are written well and it is how I would imagine reading each voice, as though they truly require different voices and the producer realized that fact. Very happy with this one!
It is something I would not normally pick, except that it was so well-recieved by others and I had just finished "Wicked," by Gregory Maguire, which was also highly recommended by other audiobook listeners and I loved it!
...but not worth 2 credits, especially the ones that follow.
Obvious borrowing is really distracting, from the Gabaldon series (the hanging scene in a later book in the series and names from Cooper and Gabaldon) and details that are interesting but don't add to the story (like including Burns as exciseman and poet but not AT ALL necessary to the plot) are distracting.
It's like an historical epic that might be better abridged than unabridged. It lacks the wit and complexity of Gabaldon's Outlander series, but it has adventures on sea and land, and it is--for the most part--historically accurate.
I admit, I stopped listening to the author's notes at the end, so it is possible that the factual/timeline errors are addressed.
That said, I did listen to them all and I enjoyed them; yet I'm sorry I paid two credits for the rest after listening to the first novel; not because I begrudge the credits, I love audio books and would happily pay two credits for many of the audiobooks I have purchased, but not this series.
I love Austin and I think Sheilds is in the same category as Munro and Atwood, as a Canadian writer who is intelligent and writes perfectly simple sentences, full of meaning...and more meaning...and even more possible meanings...She is the kind of reader worth reading again and again.
Nevertheless, I just cannot finish listening to this book because (even on double speed) I find the narration unbearably dull and starchy. In this case, the voice of the author is much more powerful on the page.
And fabulous! I've listened to this book several times and still love it!
I know I like Claire Tomalins' biographies, but in this one is special because Pepys gives her some fabulous material to work with. The narrator sounds engaged in the story and overall, this is a great audiobook!
This audiobook is straight-forward and the narrator does a great job, but--as it says on the cover-photo--it contains 'time-tested methods,' (read: nothing new here).
Knowing something and doing it is still a problem, in the end.
I wish Audible had more of Alice Munro's books on their site, she is an amazing writer: subtle, down to earth, and profound, at once.
I often listen to audio books while doing dishes or walking to appointments in Toronto, shopping, cleaning, etc.
The good news is, my home has never been cleaner. The bad news is, I can't turn it off - even when it's time to sleep.
Diana Gabaldon has me absolutely hooked!
Davina Porter is pretty great too - apparently I can listen to her for hours and hours at a time!
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