I started with the Hobbit back in 6th grade, took on the Lords of the Ring, Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. At 50 I still enjoy a fanciful romp beyond the mundane. I am delighted to have found this one. This is the grown up, ironical, aware of its own contrivances big sibling of those earlier fantasies with sex and drugs and magic.
I’ve read the more sophisticated reviews about this not being fantasy, being more about adult relationships… It’s fun, funny, tragic, contrived but somehow deeply engaging. The references to all of the above and more serve to bring the reader in – like a comedian saying “you ever notice…” You think “Ya” and are now seeing the world from the comedians point of view. This is what Grossman does so the book doesn’t seem contrived which it ultimately is not. While some chapters plod along, the adventure is worth it. Well read and worth reading. Check it out!
In his satire, Stewart articulates insight that is clever, shrewd and irreverent. This is a very funny attack on the American political system. While Stewart is clearly left leaning, the entire political system takes abuse. Stewart is clearly focused on all that is absurd, or can be spun as contrary to common sense, in American political history. This is the history of the United States and commentary on our political system in the spirit of the Daily Show. Listen to this book ? laugh out loud funny.
I have read hundreds of books, this is among the ten best. If you read and liked Ender's Game, this one is more mature, better developed, just as engaging and just as satisfying. Worth the investment of time and money.
The first time I almost shut this program off after only five minutes. However, I went with it despite the goofy story and low budget Broadway style music. After three listens I knew the songs and the vocabulary. As I returned to my traditional Spanish lessons I found myself hearing the songs and remembering this material more clearly than I have any other program. I would purchase more of these were they availible.
This is like reading a book of grammar rules. Very comprehemsive and authoritative, but it provides no structured rehearsal of the material being presented. One could listen ten times without increasing their ability to speak Spanish.
If you already speak at an advanced level, this is a quick review. Don't expect to learn to speak from this program.
Very well written. If you are a fan of Steve Martin's comedy and expect this book to be funny, don't bother. This is a little adventure in the life of a nuerotic character who finds love, eventually. I downloaded it after hearing an interview on NPR and enjoyed it. Just a light little book for an hour or two of enjoyment.
I love this reading. Frank Muller does a fantastic job. Gatsby is a fantastic book that transports the reader to the roaring 20s. I highly recommend this title.
Cute - not that funny. I was delited by her reading at first but got bored with her drifting off into non-sense that just wasn't that funny. I love Ellen. This book was not her best.
Really elementary. If you are charmed by cliche babble about what an elementary school teacher always tells his students (in the same tone of voice he speaks to his students) then this book is for you. I hated it.
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