The opening sequence where we get to know all the characters is amazing. The characters all have this crazy, normally-frightening relationship to each other based on a psychological condition (I won't say what it is in order not to spoil it), but even still the author makes us fall in love with each character. It's kind of...well...insane!
What didn't I love about it?
Just brilliant. Fresh. Unexpected. Random. A laugh a minute.
I've seen her perform on movies and she's amazing.
Life eternal: om.
The way all things come into One in the end.
The conclusion gave me chills. It is exhilarating, exciting, and peaceful.
The whole story arc of Siddharta is beautiful. I love the concept of listening to the river. I loved the ferry boatman. I loved the art of listening.
Derek Jacobi is the best narrator there is.
His gentle expression, deep understanding, and simple voice make his work stand out among all others.
One of my new three favorite books of all time, along with Les Miserables and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Yes, I would, if she had not read the story already.
The movie does a good job of covering the book. I eventually stopped as I didn't find that there was any particularly new insight, as I had hoped.
In the movie, the ending is fantastic.
I love the theme, that as human beings we have experiences that can't be explained by science; sometimes faith is all we have.
She does fine. Her voice fits pretty well with Ellie.
The movie, yes. I enjoy the ending dramatically.
The book, I didn't finish, as I mention above.
Well, it's absolutely, gut-busting hilarious. However, about halfway through I began to feel that it was simply repeating itself, with Quixote always convincing himself in his delusions the same way he had done it last time.
I stopped the recording during the third (of five) mp3.
Oh man, the part where Sancho tries to tell a joke to Don Quixote. I laughed SO HARD I had to actually put down my paint brush and bowl over onto the floor with laughter.
This part is funny even if you just cut it out of the story and only read it by itself, but it was the long series of funny events leading up to it that set the stage so well.
Sancho Panza. He's so faithful, so smart, so clever, and so wholly ignorant at the same time. He always makes me laugh.
The subject matter is fascinating, so the author was already off to a good start.
His integrity in his presentation of More as a regular human being, with many faults, makes those remarkable moments of More's life all the more salient.
In the book (not considering the lack-luster narration), the ending of More's life is pithily written. In its brevity and conciseness, it creates makes indelible More's final words to the condemning priest, "[God] could not refuse one who is so blithe to look at Him."
Davidson's narration is, as I mentioned in the title, only passable.
He reads everything in such a dry manner that sometimes I have to wonder if he's paying attention to the words that are coming across the page in his hand. He also misinterprets sentences from time to time.
His reading of the climactic moment—when after having received judgement and before receiving sentence, Sir T. More declares his convictions about the King's title and ulterior motives—is so abysmal that I nearly want to pay the publisher to re-record it.
I'd recommend first watching the movie, "A Man for All Seasons," which is also about Sir Thomas More, before reading this book. The movie will help you appreciate the impact of More's life, and his stellar faithfulness to his inner beliefs.
After that, this book is a fun supplemental read.
Timothy carries an attitude of 'just do it the smart way, for Pete's sake' that inspires you to live your life more efficiently and effectively.
And, even better, he gives specific steps, actions, examples, and resources for you to achieve that.
It's definitely worth reading.
Basically, everyone who has to make a living in our day—except for the people who are know what he has to say and can practice the principles at will.
Like I said, READ WITH CAUTION.
Ferris says a lot of cool things...but also some things that are down right stupid.
For example, he has a section where he encourages you to live your dreams right now.
Sounds great, right?
In theory, yes...
But then he recommends that if one of your dreams is to drive a Lamborghini, just get in debt!
'You can have the car for just $2000 a month. What are you waiting for?'
Like I said, follow his advice with caution. There are a few trails on his roadmap to success that go over pretty unstable bridges.
Still, that said, read it! It's awesome.
It's just a really great collection of inspiring thoughts and truths, told from the perspective of his Daoism, and presented in a way that basically anyone of any faith can appreciate it.
Rob Inglis does an amazing performance.
It's hard not to compare every character's voice and performance etc. w/those in the Peter Jackson films, but even then Rob Inglis still manages to hold his own against them—and this was decades before the story became as famous as it is now.
Reiman put together a wealth of information about body language. It's an enlightening experience. I finished the book feeling much more aware of myself and am excited to see how I can use it to be a better communicator.
She begins almost every comparison between men and women with the words, "Women are better than men..." It would have been better if she'd done a balanced treatment for both genders.
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