I agree with Joseph "a hole in my mind". I just couldn't get into this and was glad when it was over. There was nothing particularly interesting or fresh. The first half was better than the second. I found myself fast forwarding to get it over with. His voice started to irritate me too. Why do so many of these authors have to read so slowly?!
Wonderful story (although a little dark and sad in the beginning), enhanced by David LeDoux's narration. Couldn't wait to get in my car every day to pick up where I'd left off.
This kept me interested in spite of its length. Loved the narrator and the story kept moving along at a good pace.
I fought to like this book and kept at it hoping it would get interesting. Just as it showed some promise, I had to turn it off because of the descriptions of killing whales (guess I should have expected that!) and other marine life. Just couldn't stomach being sad and depressed on my way to work.
This kept me entertained enough during my commute but I wasn't consumed as i have been with some others (Cutting for Stone for one). I kept waiting for some exciting twist of the plot that never came. Narration was good-not great, not horrible.
Not only is this a beautifully written story, the narrator really makes it something special. At first I thought I'd have trouble with the accent, but within a matter of minutes I realized it added depth, richness, and authenticity to the story. The narrator makes this book. I can't imagine reading it, although i'm sure its still very good.
I've read all 3 of Gladwell's prior books and was excited to purchase this one. Its similar to his other books although it gets tedious at points. I've found myself skipping to the next chapter out of boredom with some of the essays. His reading is a little slow and the weird music that suddenly interrupts chapters is distracting. Some chapters/subjects are more interesting than others. All in all an interesting listen, but I'm ready to be done with it.
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