Portia takes you into her world as an anorexic. She is more honest than most people are with themselves, let alone millions of strangers. I'm not sure if this book would help others with eating disorders, but it helps those who don't have one understand what it's like. I did feel that by the end it was all wrapped up in too tidy a bow, with little explanation of the struggle to come back from the illness, but the journey she takes you on is so incredible I didn't want to give it less than 5 stars. I watched Portia every week on Ally McBeal, but I never realized how articulate and funny she really is.
The whole thing was moving, but I like how it wasn't all tied up with a bow at the end. It's more realistic than that. Relationships are messy.
I have listened to this book at least 3 times now, and I don't tire of it! The narrator is amazing and the story is very well written and thought out. I felt like someone was telling their life story in this book. The characters are easy to relate to and feel compassion for.
The story isn't exactly what you would call "chock full" of interesting information about Tesla and his inventions, it's more about his interactions with blustery blowhards like J.P. Morgan.
I know more about his emotional affair with Katherine Johnson than I do his patents.
I love history, but this is a dry read (er, listen) and it's like taking a masters level course. Friends ask me why I don't just stop, but I have so much invested in it already, and it's a bit of a Sisyphean task at this point.
Not this. I need something lighter.
I am someone who actually seeks out raunchy humor. I enjoy erotic novels even. But this was painful to listen to! It's NOT funny. Chelsea Handler basically sets out to act like a man-whore and succeeds. Spoiler alert! She sleeps with a lot of random men. Then she complains about their skills and their endowments. But her jokes have all been done before by other comics. If it had been written better, it might have been worth reading. All in all, it came off as a tired, overdone, boring read. It takes a really rare talent to make sex boring. Don't waste your money!
I loved this book. It's VERY different from Julie & Julia, a much darker and real book. Julie shares the realities of a very difficult time in her marriage and not many people would be so honest and open about their own shortcomings. I hope Julie Powell will continue to write. She has a real gift for laughing at herself, even in the worst of times.
I have read probably half of Stephen King's novels and this is my favorite to date. He makes the reader think differently about the world and the people around them. The narrator was one of the best I've heard, very engaging, he made it feel like you were listening to a movie rather than an audiobook. A must read for King fans!
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