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Maybe this book is better taken in via reading it, rather than listening, for it lacked a compelling reason to stay with it. While I did complete the novel, I was left wanting more, wishing it was better, wishing for the profound.
Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.
If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience.
Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching (I cried at times) and hysterical (a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me). As he describes his relationships, he is respectful of most everyone, and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him.
His life, for the rest of us, is fairly surreal. Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities, playing for your favorite baseball team, etc.? The answer is: almost no one. But Crystal can, and has, and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart-felt.
I look forward to his next book.
This book started out with 1-star, and by the time I was finished it was pushing 4-stars, so due to the slow start, it lands at 3.
Lost-in-herself Louisa lands a peculiar job as a companion to quadriplegic Will, who has given his parents six months before he goes to Switzerland for assisted suicide. "Me before you" is the tale of those six months.
Let's be honest, there is nothing surprising in the major themes of the story. There are quirks along the way...Louisa's younger single-mom sister wants to return to college, dad is out of work, mom is a busy body, grandpa is struggling after a stroke, boyfriend is running man, and what will become of the Trainer's marriage? Oh wait, you'll figure that last one out quickly.
This book is the telling of loved ones coming to grips with a person's choice of assisted suicide and the (predictable) emotions embedded in such a choice. Clearly, the author is pro-assisted suicide and is hopeful this novel helps change peoples' minds on the topic.
This is a great beach or cozy-in-bed read, but I can't bear to give it four or five stars, since those should be reserved for great books and literature. I loved this book. I loved the quirkiness of Bernadette and the redemption of several characters as the story unfolds. I loved that it takes place in my hometown and references to all of the places, people and things that I know and love. I loved that I'm not the only person who wants my toilets flushed when I'm not home. I loved the narrator of the audio version who so fabulously provided a variety of voices and accents. Read this. Enjoy it. Share the love.
Set in rural North Carolina in the 1930s, this is a coming of age and self-discovery story of young Velva Jean. While the story is enjoyable and simple, it raises great questions about life, love, families and marriage...what do you do when someone misunderstands your appropriate and helpful actions? What do you do when someone's actions of love are actually oppressing you? When is it appropriate to be selfless and when is it appropriate to be selfish? Is there room for both?
The audio book is excellent, with a narrator highly skilled at providing appropriate accents and voices. She clearly enhanced the book experience.
I loved this book. It is not a great piece of literature. It does not provide earth shattering insight into Lowe's life. It does not give you dirt on Hollywood A-listers. It does, however, allow you to relive the 80s, if you were a child of that decade, learn a little more about the heart throb from St. Elmo's Fire and gain an appreciation for the professional and adult Lowe has become. Read it because you love Lowe, because you love the 80s, because The West Wing was a favorite tv show. And if you listen to it, Lowe narrates it and he's just dreamy.
I really enjoyed this book, although it is not for everyone. Written in 1931, it is amazing to me how much of this sci fi novel has come to fruition. Not so much in the technical sense, although some of that is true, but in the philosophical sense of ideas and questions that may have been close to non-existant at the time, but now they are very pertinent--human cloning other reproductive assistance, social conforming, etc. Fascinating.
I, surprisingly, enjoyed this book. I have just recently taken up jogging for exercise and consider a 5K to be a near insurmountable distance. The idea of a marathon, let alone extreme distance running is not in my realm of possibilities or interest. However, I was quite intrigued by McDougall's tale of superathletes, the Tarahumara and the art of running. I am curious about my own running, pathetic though it may be, and how I might improve based on evidence presented in this book.
Clearly, this book is not for everyone, and I would even say it was a slow start. By mid-book I was hooked and anxious to hear more. If you are a runner of any kind, go ahead and give this book a try. You just might find yourself thinking about running barefoot through the streets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of an orchardist (imagine that) in Central Washington at the turn of the 20th century. Spanning some 40-ish years, you learn more about Talmadge, how he lives is mostly solitary life, and how two young girls had a great impact on him. The author is adept at creating empathy with the characters and feeling the deep emotions each experiences.
I especially enjoyed the book because I know the area, the small towns where the story takes place, and I could envision the scenes as the author described them.
The audio version has excellent narration and was well worth the listen.
The movie was an icon of my youth, and yet I never read the book until this week, and the age of 44. What a great book, and better than the movie, which seems nearly impossible. Baum's imagination and the story he crafted is one of interest, courage, and compassion. The characters are more developed and rich than those in the movie, and Dorothy's quest is more satisfying. Anne Hathaway's narration is outstanding, and I hope she narrates more books!
While this clearly isn't world-changing literature, it certainly was an enjoyable read for this Downton Abbey fan. Lady Almina's story is an interesting one, and her lasting legacy on Highclere Castle an important one.
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