Fairfield, IA, United States | Member Since 2007
I loved this audiobook even better than the hardback because we can actually hear the emotions as each of those consulting Katie begin in pain and end in laughter as she walks them through the four steps and a turnaround. The logic is easy to follow but I can imagine some listeners not getting how it's done right away (I didn't) but as a friend told me, if one listens to it several times, it gradually begins to sink in that our pain is our own creation and how to apply the steps to our own lives. In the end, who can argue with reality? I found all the stories, including Katie's, to be fascinating, and thought the book was well-structured, the audio clear and concise, and still interesting even on my 4th listen.
something, I don't know what, seemed to be missing. Perhaps it was Einstein's voice. It may not be the fault of the reader, but for whatever reason, I kept having a hard time visualizing Einstein. I enjoyed the history and analysis, though I did have some trouble following the theoretical parts (perhaps because I didn't work at it too hard; I'm sure those who know a little physics would find it easier; otherwise, if you hear it as I did, the book is still interesting in explaining Einstein both academically and socially.
For the Sci-Fi fan, or for someone who just wants "something different," this is really different and really fun. I gave it a five not because it's deep like Shakespeare, but because in it's own genre it's good. Oh, and did I say, fun? Lots of unexpected twists.
I enjoyed hearing Leonard Nimoy discuss his relationship with Spock, and how Spock has affected and changed him. This book did what I would ask of an autobiography of Leonard Nimoy, it gave me insights into both Nimoy and Spock, and it added depth to both.
I kept thinking this was going to be a children's book, a story to be told to children, but not so! I often found this book stunning in it's depth, amazingly creative, extremely well read, colorful and interesting beyond description.
I love Steven Pinker but for some reason, this book didn't charm me. Some stories were interesting, but somewhere along the way, I quit listening.
I loved this book because it is fun, meaningful, well written. It's advice is practical and do-able.
I am always bored by writers who insist there is nothing scientific about astrology and other things which they dismiss out of hand but which they themselves have never researched. Being "anti" astrology is a common bias of scientists despite the fact that it has survived at least 3,000 years and is found in most cultures. Western astrology is off by 23 degrees so it's difficult but not impossible to do research with it, but Eastern Astrology is phenomenally accurate for anyone who knows how to construct good experiments. I am not an astrologer, but I am a researcher and I have read better skeptics' books than this one. I recommend SCIENCE FRICTION.
I have listened to other of Shakespeare's plays in which the play is, line for line, explained and then read as a play. This one is just an overview of the story.
Some children's books, such as THE LITTLE PRINCESS and TOM SAWYER are satisfying for adults, at least to me. In the case of Dr. Doolittle, I found it amazingly creative but it didn't captivate me as I'm certain it would be captivating for younger listeners. It was very well read and what happens next is always surprising, and I felt it is well written.
I am a big fan of the Men In Black movies, and enjoyed listening to the book. Did the book come first, or the movie? I don't know, but my experience is that movies and books work hand in hand to enrich each other, and that is certainly true with the book.The book lacked some of the detail in the movie, but contained details not in the movie. Both book and movie are full of great humor, and is all the funnier if you know anything about the history of Ufology, so you know where the author/screenwriters got their material--Men in Black is a hilarious spoof based on real life.
Regarding the star point system, I am often not sure how to use it. Compared to Tolstoy or Shakespeare, this is just a popular novel, deserving perhaps a 3, but in it's own genre of humor, popular books, etc., it's definitely a 5. The performance was really well done overall, but I found a glitch or two that kept it from being perfect, hence only 4 stars. But who cares! It's still plenty good enough for a fun read.
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