I wish that I hadn't started listening to this before I finished Owen Meany. There was some information that he disclosed about the book that I knew must be a critical plot twist that I hadn't gotten to yet, so that basically killed my desire to continue listening to either Owen Meany or the interview.
AND I LOVED IT. Loved it. Moving, funny, real. Puts a lot of things in perspective in my own life and has challenged me.
I am not a religious person and that is what caused me to stop listening the first time. In fact, getting past myself and my preconceived ideas was what was necessary to open my heart. In the end that is the theme of the book - being able to hear someone else's story with compassion.
Worth the time. It will make you laugh and cry.
This is powerful stuff. Love the live recording, hearing the crowds reactions. Will be listening to this multiple times!
Excellent, gripping. A good book that makes a great transition to audio.
Couldn't wait to get back in the car and see what was going to happen next.
I thought this was worthless, not worth the time or the credit. It actually felt like he was taking advantage of people looking for some relief from depression or anxiety by trying to sell them something that in the end is not going to be insightful in the least.
Yup, it was rich with details, heart, and I have grown truly fond of the characters.
I bought this book a while back and put off listening to it - not sure why really. But once I gave it one full ride to work, about an hour, I was hooked. The performances were beyond what I have come to expect in an audio book, probably because there were different readers for different characters. The pace was just like a humid, summer, Mississippi day, but once you are sucked in, that seems so right. It can be a bit of an adjustment if you have just finished a fast-paced book, but it is oh so worth it. I really cannot say enough about this book, the writing and the performances. Excellent.
I found this book really enlightening - although I thought that childhood had changed too much over the years, I was amazed at the statistics of reduction in crime (or some crimes never really happening - Halloween candy issues anyone?) and the mania that we have all bought into. I don't know that when I have kids that I will be as bold as the author (letting her 9 yr old take the subway by himself), but I remember my cousin and me at 9 and 6 going out to dinner by ourselves in Brooklyn to my aunt and uncle's favorite neighborhood restaurant. That meant walking a few blocks, eating, paying, walking home. I don't know if my aunt and uncle called ahead... but it was an awesome feeling. And I took a cross country flight at 11 with another 11 year old friend. Of course, the flight attendants were watching out for us. And I took the flight home by myself. And another flight at 12 alone. I don't know many parents who would do this now. And the book wasn't just statistics - it was a lot of fun listening to this book.... But beware, after you listen, you may get into a heated argument with some friends with kids (just as a did) about not doing our kids any favors by keeping them so cloistered. Highly recommend the book!
Irreverent, honest, funny, touching - the stories of all the ups and downs of motherhood.. and for an adoptive parent in the "waiting" stage, this gives me solace. It is confirmed that all my worst fears are true, BUT I am not the only one that thinks this way. What if I try for so long to become a mom and day after day, I will hate it? Looks like I will and I will also love it! These women's stories crack me up and help me pass the interminable wait with a smile.
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