Amsterdam, Netherlands | Member Since 2005
I got this book because it sounded like an interesting idea. Almost anything biblical interests me. However, the author's voice hits me like Sarah Vowell's voice hits some people. (I don't mind Sarah Vowell's voice.) Jacobs' voice got on my nerves. I stopped listening to it at about the 3/4 mark. He's got a very "this was very cute and clever of me" tone to his voice, which I started to hate. I don't know how his wife puts up with him. It's probably a better read than a listen. It is an interesting experiment.
It's a strong 6. It was a fun listen. I didn't have to focus on it. I could fold laundry and cook while I listened, which I liked. There are some great characters and a good amount of things happen during the story.
Grandma Clair. He had a great voice. So did the mother. Fun Polish accent.
It had a nice ending. The ending really pulled it all together and left it in a good place.
I want to say the reader, Ms. Gilbert, sometimes seemed slightly over-the-top with her enunciation. It was sometimes slightly distracting. However, it's possible she was just playing a character, so I'm going to give her a pass on that. And I've listened to clips from a few other books and she's less extreme. She has a great voice. I enjoyed her performance.
I really enjoyed this book. I've listened to it a few times so far. It's a good follow up to The Secret and The Power. I will admit that it is sometimes a little thick with advertisements for his other books and products, but he appears to know what he's talking about, he's got a good manner, and he sort of admits to what he's doing - trying to get you to check out his other stuff. He says things in a way that makes me believe him. I love this stuff, and he seems like a very genuine guy.
I found this book amazing. I had spoken to a friend about gluten and giving it up. I didn't really know how it applied to me. It is a little bit detailed in the middle. I.e. It sags in the middle with a lot of detail about how things work. But if that's not your thing, you can skip it and listen to the parts that interest you more. I don't think you'll be missing much since if it doesn't interest you, you're just going to be bored by it. You don't have to know how it works for it to work.
I've listened to this twice. It's so good. I'll listen to it again. He's ruthless with those horrible right winger liars. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
I enjoyed this less than I wanted to. I wanted to love it like I loved her other books. I've listened to them multiple times. This was good. It was an obscure bit of American history that I've never heard before - namely Hawaiian history. I only knew the basics. There is much more to the story. I am sorry to say that I didn't finish it. I'm not sure why. I think that at some point - 3/4 of the way through - I just didn't feel compelled to keep listening. Her other books are brilliant. I'll give this one another try.
I got this book in preparation for my trip to India. It was not the best choice. It's a fun story, but what I wanted was some stories about being a tourist in India. What anyone considering buying this book needs to understand is where this woman is coming from. This is the story of when she (an Australian woman) lived in India because her Australian fiance (a journalist) was stationed in India. She is also a writer/journalist. It's an insight into Indian culture, but from a very specific point of view. That said, the reader is amazing with accents. They are all distinct and entertaining. That said, I found the Australian accent tiring after a while. If you're going to India, just buy it there. It's everywhere.
In the first few months after listening to it, I talked about this book all the time. I think Stein's ideas are the kind of ideas that I liked so much that I sort of just adopted them as my own. It's some basic stuff that we all need to hear integrated with some really great ideas and ways of thinking about things that were new to me - and might feel new when I hear them again. It's one of those books people talk about - for a reason.
This is really about the history of India. It's not a travelogue. I bought it in preparation for our trip to India and it was not exactly what I had in mind. But it is a very well written book and it's fun to listen to. I'll probably give it another try (I stopped 3/4 of the way through) now that we're back and I have some context for it.
I've listened to this one twice. I loved it both times. I think the writing is great and the reader is incredible. The voices on these audio books don't always match the writing. This is a perfect blend. Child's stories about her time in France took me away. It's very romantic and the stories are beautifully told. I especially love the way she talks about food and the occasional French word thrown in. Very highly recommended.
I've listened to this a couple of times. You have to enjoy his voice and his sense of humor. He's got a droll, dry wit. I actually listened to it the second time without realizing I'd listened to it again. I thought I was remembering something I'd heard on This American Life, but I was not. Rakoff is a very funny, very smart guy and I would now buy anything he wrote and read.
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