i am not sure i finished this book when i was suppose to read it in high school. but i have to admit that listening through it this time has made me appreciate the subtle humor that i didn't get previously. far more enjoyable when not required, not to mention (God forbid) the mental maturity i have gained since my teenage years. while the narration isn't by any means terrible, it's not fantastic either. i find i get tired of the voices before i get tired of the story.
There really isn't a story here, but since we can't review until we mark the stars we shall simply look past this. This is totally worthy of a listen. I actually stopped what I was doing to pay attention, laughed a little, then attempted my new vocabulary on my sweetheart. All were amused.
This book is more of a children's story than Lord of the Rings, which appeals to me more. That probably says something about me. That being said when making one's way through this story one can tell that Tolkien had some feelings about war, and conflict from his personal life. This is just one of those classic "must reads" when it comes right down to it. The narration in this version is great. Rob Inglis is really a bunch of fun to listen to.
I finished this series much the same way one cannot look a way from a train wreck coming down the track. After a lot of consideration I decided that it ends as well as one could possibly hope for. Hopefully this is not a spoiler, but if one (or a group) endeavors to over throw the governing body of any country it is a reality that no one is really going to live well for a good chunk of time, usually years, afterward regardless of the outcome. Yes, the audience for this book is younger. And Yes, there are dark themes here. However, if we face the reality that societal violence has real consequences, and that even when the governing body needs to be overthrown there will dark times following the success or failure of that endeavor, maybe it's healthier in the long run. Maybe just schedule the ending of this book with an afternoon when you can process what has happened to the characters we have followed.
This book has been a favorite of mine for several years now. In fact, this is the second time purchasing the audio version and the paper back is sitting on my self. Honestly I can't be sure if I love this story because I've read/ listened while traveling, or if it is appreciated because of the informative, witty, and vastly amusing writing style. It might also be because i relate to the author. I am also a lover of travel, although it doesn't always love me back. (I got a sunburn in Dublin... in the fall.) I have also struggled deepening a meditation practice. And lets be honest, maintaining balance is hard. I would recommend this book for anyone traveling, or anyone who wants inspiration to travel, or even to someone wanting an account of one person's spiritual adventure.
i really enjoy Mary Roach's writing style and the subjects she tackles. therefore i would almost blindly recommend her to anyone who enjoys learning while being entertained. as i am studying, and usually taking very challenging classes it usually takes me 2 or 3 tries to get through one of her books. this is because her books draw my attention from what i am doing and i find myself just listening if i am doing something deeper than folding laundry. if you are mentally taxed right now you may not make it through the first time, but it won't be due to lack of interest. (note: if one is attempting to dissect human cadavers for future classes to study, this is not the book to listen to while doing so. one's quality of work decreases.)
truly enjoyable heartbreak. the narration was captivating, making it a short "read." i will freely admit that i sometimes listened a little longer than i had intended to, just to prevent the characters from being stuck in whatever bad situation they were in. it was easy to fall for the characters, and honestly want well for them.
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