Loved this book, could relate to it so personally and on so many levels.
I didn't review this book immediately after reading it and now can't remember super specifics about it and I don't think my words could do it justice now!
However I will say that I would recommend this book to any introspective person who often thinks about life at a deeper level and likes examining their own emotions.
This book says so much about life and the many relationships we form as well as the range of emotions we go through in life and in love, during high and low moments.
Definitely a great book that I would recommended and will read again in the future!
I read this book several years ago and remember it being very funny, so when I was in need of a good laugh I decided to give it a try again to see if it was as funny as I remembered.
It did not disappoint! Very good narration as well!
I recommend this book to all women for sure :)
Wow this was a great read! So unique and enchanting. I feel there has always been something mysterious and intriguing about circuses, but this book takes that feeling to a whole new level! I loved it so much I ordered it for my mom to read too. The detail is so rich. If you are a fan of fantasy there is no way you won't enjoy this book!
The narration was also superbly done.
I would absolutely love to see someone like Peter Jackson make this into a movie!!
I first heard of this book from my brother and was instantly intrigued years ago. When I saw it on audible I decided to try it.
I am very open to learning about different philosophies and religions and the tao of pooh was a very clever and interesting twist to doing so.
Since I didn't know anything about taosim prior to reading this I couldn't say if Hoff's explanations of taoist concepts were spot on, but from what it seems like, the Pooh stories were the perfect analogy for it.
I would recommend this to a friend.
So funny, great narration.
Halfway through this book I realized I have been missing out not listening to books by comedians and put 10 similar titles in my wish list.
What I really liked about this book was getting a behind the scenes look into Tina's life... what was really happening during her SNL impersonations of Sarah Palin...the struggles and triumphs of 30 rock.... plus much much more!
If you are a fan of Tina this is a must read!!
I am starting to think I must have a must different taste than the typical Audible listener, because this is another case where I took the advice of fellow members (rave reviews) and was disappointed.
Don't get me wrong this is far from the worst book I have ever read or will ever read. It started out very strong... so strong that I ordered it for my mom as a mothers day gift! How could it fail? A bestseller in its time (more than Dickens) and still a classic favorite today.
But for me I found myself zoning out constantly (and happily so to help the time pass by). And never ending story plots.
The idea behind this story was strong, but for me the author was very long winded and could have made this a much shorter (and therefore enjoyable story).
One thing I will say about this book is that the author spares no detail! So if you like a book where there is no summarization of events and every scene every conversation is detailed move by move, then you will love it!
I chose this book after I saw it was Audible's highest rated book of 2011 (or something like that I can't remember now)
This book in interesting for many reasons, but I won't say it is my favorite book or the best book I have ever read.
This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read and I now know why he is considered such a genius in the world of fiction novels. This book really is a piece of art. It spans several decades, includes so much accurate history, so much imagination and all carefully planned and executed so that it all flowed together. George and Sadie are great characters that anyone could fall in love with.
Amazing imagery-- This must be what King is most famous for... it isn't all books where you get such a strong mental image of what is happening. Plus it was set in an era where vivid imagery is gladly welcomed: the late 50s and 60s. I got to learn so much about that time period including that I had never considered before and got a real feel for what things must have been like back then. He painted such a care free and innocent picture of the time it often left me yearning for a chance to visit that era myself. Where poodle skirts and swing dancing were the norm, where no one worried about terrorism and everyone left their doors unlocked. However, King did make sure to point out the shortcomings of the time (racial integration, hospitals, no cell phones, etc).
So despite all the positives this book had to offer, it wasn't a super page turner until the very end of what I consider a very lengthy book. A lot of it (though it had great imagery all the way through) just kind of dragged along, and I just wanted to fast forward through the mundane details and get to the action! I mean every detail in the end of course added to the story as a whole, but it was almost like King felt like he had to go super into detail of every situation to make the whole story as believable and cohesive as possible... which is TRUE, but it was also kind of overkill for me!
But I would still recommend this book to anyone who is kind of nostalgic of the past, enjoys stories about time travel and alternate possibilities.
This book definitely has a bigger message behind it and really demonstrates how fragile and beautiful life really is! Every action has a chain reaction and often we are unaware of how our actions will affect the future until it is too late. A cautionary tale to some degree!
This book came up as highly rated by Audible users so I chose it after not having any other book lined up.
The story sounded interesting enough set in the 1920s with what promised to have intrigue and great characterization. Unfortunately with this book there was never that moment where I couldn't put it down, where I had to know what would happen next. It kind of just moved along at a slow pace.
That slow pace probably undoubtedly mirrored the slow pace of the 1920s, but still there wasn't enough action happening to really keep me interested.
I didn't hate this book, but I don't think I would recommend it or read it again, and I definitely don't think it deserved the title given by The New York Times and USA Today as the "#1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer."
I came to read this book after asking a friend to recommend one book that she thinks everyone should read. When she said Ender's Game, and said that it was quite famous and that a movie was even being made, I was very surprised I had never even heard of it.
Not long after that it showed up as one of Audible's must reads. After that it went to the top of my reading list.
I finished this book in under a week, which is nothing compared to my average listen times. This sci-fi books literally transports you to another world and has amazing characterization of all characters presented. Truly I think the main character Ender is what makes the book. Sometimes I finish a book and will note that the imagery was the strongest element, but not in this case. The imagery was a little weak comparatively, but the time spent developing Ender's character makes up for that easily.
No wonder this book is such a classic and beloved by so many! I will definitely continue on with this series and look forward to the movie!
To be honest, I just saw the trailer for the movie and remembered it looking mysterious and glamorous... I had no idea what the book was actually about, but I am pretty sure it was one of the top rated books on audible at some point... and I typically try to read books before I see the movie if possible, so I thought why not?
It was definitely an interesting tale.. and I do really enjoy books which can open up my eyes to a way of life I would have otherwise been oblivious to... which this book succeeded in!
Also I thought it was really nice how the author told the tale from the older man's perspective as well as the flashback perspective to his youth.
The narration was done superbly! Two different actors so that you could really feel the change in time and age.
As a young adult it made me realize and appreciate how much life changes as you age!!-- Mentally, physically and emotionally. Obviously these are things everyone is aware of, but this book really forces the reality into your forefront.
So this all sounds great right, so you may be wondering--why no 5 star review?
So while this book accomplished a lot of good things... it could have done the same in MUCH fewer words. This book moved at a very very slow rate, didn't have any of the mystery or glamor from the movie trailer (quite the opposite actually), and drew out and dramatized scenes-- that really weren't that dramatic--in my opinion.
It's like I was waiting and hoping this long book would eventually heat up to where I couldn't put it down... but that never happened. I think I actually decided to go to sleep mid-climax. (Like I said, the scenes were really long.
I definitely want to see the movie after reading the book, because I think it will be able to capture all of the good the book offered while eliminating its "too long" scenes.
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