I always wondered why I was such a slow reader and since I often confuse words such as left and right (knowing very well which is which) I wondered if this book may offer some answers to my questions. In order to get real answers I'd probably have to be tested, but there where scenarios in the book in which I found myself as in a mirror image. I found it interesting to see how others with severe forms of Dyslexia were able to lead normal and successful lives. I found that very inspiring.
Almost every single problem that (new) pet owners could encounter is mentioned and to all the solution is the same: "Visit your veterinary or a veterinary behaviorist." So much so that I had the strong impression that I was listening to a sales pitch rather than an audio book. I as a dog trainer have solved many of the problems without 'visiting my vet or a veterinary behaviorist'.
Also, the section of the different breeds and associated competitions is useless as this is available widely on the internet. Instead they should have emphasized more that new owners should research the breed and the breed's purpose before getting a dog of that breed. They did mention it but it should have been emphasized more.
Another really annoying thing was that the chapters are written by different authors each with different credentials. So when a new section started, you had to listen to a list of abbreviated credentials meaningless to the common listener or dog owner. They should have had a section at the end where they refer to each author and their credentials with explanations.
I would not recommend this book, especially if you have done any kind of dog competition.
I listened through this over a weekend which are my busiest days with little "listening time". I couldn't stop. Even on the "re-read" I couldn't stop. The story caught my attention about a quarter through the first part (chapters 4-6) and carried it all the way to the end.
At times (very few) the added sound effects were a bit too loud but that was easy to overlook.
This book has been the hardest one for me to get through. Do not waste your money like I did, though this is a must read in literature.
Parts 1-4 fade in and out. It's hard to hear and because of the accent of the narrator I had to turn the volume a bit higher than normal. Then all the sudden the sound was so faint I could hardly hear it at all even on the high volume.
Parts 3-5 have background noises and voices. Extremely distracting.
Parts 7-10 have skips in them where it seems like parts are missing.
I don't blame the narrator himself. The other books he narrated did not have these problems. Whatever the environment was did not work well.
Audible should strongly consider "pulling this from the shelf' and having this re-recorded.
The performance of this book was good in all parts. I usually like Philosophy but this book felt to me like a waste of time and money. The story in which the philosophical topics were incorporated was flat and the philosophical topics didn't seem "valid". (I don't know how to better explain this.) I did not like this book at all.
I have always made sure to payoff credit cards monthly or stop spending to not build up debt. I picked up this book to see how I can advance myself financially. Reading this book I realized I was already doing many things right. The confirmation felt really good. The step-by-step instructions were helpful to ensure you don't loose focus. This book has greatly motivated me to take control of my 'financial fitness'. I plan to teach this to my nieces once they are old enough.
The baby steps to achieving financial fitness.
The book is targeted towards people with high debt. I understood that some points had to be drastically emphasized in order to make them effective at all, but at times I found the emphasis a bit insulting.
From the very beginning this book was packed with action words and words not often used in my daily vocabulary which made it even more interesting. The story captured my attention from beginning to end.
In the beginning I found the book a bit slow and thought I wouldn't like it. Nevertheless, I stayed with the book and half way through found it so interesting that I couldn't stop listening. All the sudden the slow beginning made sense and tied in to the outcome of the story nicely.
If I did not know it better, I would say the author has to be a recent high school graduate. The story is kind of flat but filled with high school drama. So much so that I almost discarded the book. This book should be listed in the Kids Fiction section rather than in the Adult fiction section.
I guess I had wrong expectations about this book and do not seem to understand many of the author's ways of expressing things. I found the book rather depressing but not for the references to 9/11 rather for the family relations. I guess there is too much left for personal interpretation.
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