Humor is a very personal thing. I remember once giving a collection of 'The Onion' articles to someone who later returned it to me with a puzzled expression. "That wasn't funny at all," she said. So, that said, if you don't think subversive, ironic, slightly sarcastic, Monty-Pythonesque, prim-people-stuck-in-very-unpleasant-situations, prim-people-who-don't-even-realize-they're-prigs, subtle, comedy of manners kind of situations funny, then you probably may not like Saki. Otherwise, this man is a genius.
I am kind of surprised he got a book deal, because the topic is not that original--he is one of many male hipster New Yorkers dating and bewailing. Still, I was amused and occasionally touched. After all, male hipster New Yorkers are human too and have stories to tell. Other male hipster New Yorkers would probably find this book extremely annoying, but for me, a female Los Angeles nerd, it was kind of an anthropological curiosity.
In order to make this book more accessible, the authors often use easy maxims, such as "He doesn't call." to try to get the point across that "He's not that into you." This makes the book easy to criticize (and I have my own issue with "Women should never make the first move.").
However, after listening to the entire book, one realizes that the underlying message is that if the person you are dating (and I agree with previous reviewers that this book would help both men and women) is not treating you the way you want/deserve, you need to move on.
I do take issue with the previous reviewer who uses the example of a woman who talks of marriage before the salad; that is not who this book is for or about (perhaps he should FINISH the book before reviewing it).
Sadly enough, the examples used in this book include the woman who hopefully dates a married man for a year, or the other woman whose partner refuses to commit for whatever reason after many years. When years (and pride, I mean, please, a married person?!) are lost, "having fun" is no longer funny.
If anything, I do think this book PROMOTES dating, as it makes sure a woman doesn't get stuck on and "wait for" someone who is not good for her for the long run.
This book teaches me to spend my time with people who truly like me and who meet my standards of a decent human being. Not to much to ask for, is it?
I downloaded this book out of curiosity; I wasn't looking for enlightenment or truth. And with a length of nearly 18 hours, I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing. But I did, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't say it transformed my life or that I agree with what the writer believes in, but it has brought me to a deeper appreciation of another way of "right living", another way of looking at and valuing the things in our lives. It also opens a window into a certain period of time, the religious life in India from the later 1800's to early part of our century which is very fascinating to behold. Kingsley's voice is gorgeous and infuses elegance into every word and phrase. I must say, whenever road rage struck me, listening to a bit of this audiobook was always very soothing.
A rousing tale that is not as predictable as the first few minutes may lead you to expect. Pretty well read and always exciting.
The reader's voice was perfect for the deadpan humor, and the cute story kept me smiling during my commute.
The author describes himself as an evangelist early on, and you get the sense that his success came less from his lovecat principles and more from his highly energetic, highly communicative personality (as well as a large chunk of luck, being involved in Broadcast.com early on). Networking constantly and giving everybody a hug all the time do not come naturally for most people and can sometimes backfire if done improperly. His suggestion to constantly read business tomes, pick up various new theories, and share the knowledge with others by recommending books, reminds me too much of coworkers with the latest acronym and theory to spout off on but little to show in results. Success via being a book club to others? It seemed to have worked for him. Network, learn constantly, and share knowledge strategically: these are not revolutionary new concepts.
The author accurately describes himself as a neurotic wannabe novelist, and the listener is forced to endure his company in order to satisfy her curiosity about the Playmate search. There is a touch of maturation by the end of the tale, but by then, having spent so many hours enduring this young man's kvetching, it's a bit too late. Interspersed between his insipid personal problems are a few interesting glimpses into what runs the Playboy machine. Still, the audiobook kept me awake on a long drive as I alternated between fascination and aggravation.
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