The story is great, and the actors are great, BUT during the dramatization there are times when the actors are whispering or talking softly. Those times are really hard to understand what is being said. I ended up buying the book because I was frustrated with missing lines.
Years ago, I had read Anne of Green Gables and wanted to have a copy on my ipod, but I was worried about getting a dud reader. This reader is excellent! I laugh out loud quite often at the reader's interpretations of Anne and Marilla! The story is wonderful!
My daughter and I are big 3rd Rock from the Sun fans, so I was really excited to hear this book. Johnston was amazingly funny and real in this book. Her story of her addiction was inspiring and very "real".
I was disappointed in this audiobook. As much as I believe that she has every right to tell her story personally, I believe that reading the book herself was a misstep. She has a very youthful voice, and at some times, she just sounds like a child and a brat during her reading. It was hard to concentrate on her story at times because of how she was reading it or doing the voices of her captors. I feel bad writing this opinion but a professional reader should have read this story. Her account was interesting but a bit repetitive in some areas.
Generally, I love sports books, so I was really excited to read this. I was disappointed/amused to hear Lance Armstrong's introduction to this book and to hear his account of how he dealt with the pressures of competition. After his admission recently of his doping practices, his introduction is pretty ludicrous, and it's even sadder after hearing about Chrissie's commitment to dope-free racing and sport.
Hearing Chrissie's story was pretty amazing though. She is funny and generally very down-to-earth about her accomplishments. Her life as a public servant is almost more amazing than her accomplishments in races. She seems truly committed to elevating the situations of those around her. It's truly admirable.
I didn't really like the reader so much, but her Australian and American accents are pretty awesome.
I love Judi Dench but I don't want to hear her (or someone sounding like her) to be Bridget Jones.
At times, this memoir moves a little slowly, but overall Marshall has a great story about the value of taking chances and enjoying friendships.
This book doesn't have a clear story to it. Many of the characters seem superfluous until the end. It doesn't really climax either.
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