Alright, it wasn't chaos but I was so determined to understand where Daniel Gilbert wanted to take me that I went out and also bought the book as a guide to follow along while listening because the audiobook was a jumble of ideas, maps, models, data and concepts for me. I don't reccommend buying the hard copy book as well, it's just that I have a very stubborn streak when it comes to understanding what I invest my time and attention in, and, also, I never give up. The book is not about getting to happiness, but in a way it can take you to a point where you could see that getting to happiness is a wasted and unimportant effort anyway. Yeah, I know, it doesn't make sense, but it's the kind of book that becomes one piece of the larger puzzle in a quest to understand ourselves. Not a self help book by any means and I enjoyed it but not in the conventional sense of entertainment but more so in an ideas-retraining session. It was work for me and I consider myself a fairly erudite chap.
Coming off of Michael Connelly's The closers, Michael York's rendition of Lewis' trek to Narniaville was just a little too sweet in delivery for me. I hold promise for the movie, however.
I was expecting TLWW to be much more serious in delivery, like Potter, for instance, and a little darker, but it turned out to be geared only for a very, very, very young audience. Michael York delivers this as though he's speaking to 2-3 year olds. It just didn't work for me. I love sci-fi and fantasy but there's really no where to make Lewis' book better.
I'm afraid I'd have to agree that I would probably not pick up anything narrarated by Mr York again.
I just could not get past the main narrator's voice; It wasn't syn'd to the appropriate required emotion in many areas and I found myself too many times hearing the narrator read the lines instead of getting immersed in the story.
Ah, the story... it did seem that there was an incohesive character flaw with Alex Cross where he was involved in mass murders at one phase and then almost immediately sitting down to lunch at another phase without a care in the world. Come to think of it, that could have been exploited in the storyline as well.
Lines like, "I kissed Jamilla, 'down there'..." seems oddly quaint when most audiobooks (murder mysteries/crime drama, ah, why don't I just go ahead and say Kellerman,eh?)dive right into sex with no remorse, and with relish.
For example, the audiobook "Therapy" by Kellerman was written with a certain visceral topography that permeates all the characters throughout the story that deepens as things go from bad to worse, but this just doesn't happen here. The characters are shallow and the progression of the storyline tedious and you just don't get involved enough with the characters to care what happens to them.
It was a very halfhearted listen on my part. Thank god I only paid $9 for it.
This book was congealed down from several other ideas into just enough material to qualify for a "selfhelp" book. The title is not really what the book is about and is misleading. It lacked focus and I downloaded at a three level and found the quality quite bad as well.
I think it was originally written on how to handle angry, sexually aggressive people but more material was needed for filler at the front end of the book so it's disjointed.
Not recommend at all.
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