I am listening to it again and again already!!! It is the funniest memoir I've read, period.
There were quite a few, my favourite was when Bill Bryson was caught reading comics on his desk when the rest of his class was sitting under their desks for a mock air raid preparation.
The funniest was the todie jar incident, which involved peeing, jars, food and an absent minded mother. But the best bits were the turn of phrase that Bill employed and his own voice which add a texture and nuance which the other reader of this book can never match.
Other memorable moments were when Bill talked about the reality of life in the 50s, such as racism, sex and America's obession with communism. Bill only mentioned these issues in short but extremely well researched
Bill's voice and nuance. It really does add stars to the book. If I could, I would give the book 6 stars, instead of 5, as Bill's own narration really takes the book up another level.
Funny, real, scary, great, and unmissable - The Wonder Years of Bill Bryson in the 50s.
For those people craving a longer book, this book despite its 7-8 hour length feels longer. Also, the rehearings will really add up as you are gaurenteed to listen to it again.
The best scenes were from the novel that Bender was writing. The rest of the book was an exercise in cynicism. Even the bender's novel scene was cynical - but at least it had an element of despair.
Overall, the whole book shows the world as cynical - nobody's happy and everyone has problems. Then, the ending is provided with a bow tie and candles. Yeah right (see even I've gotten cynical)!
No. Too much cynicism.
Never listened to him - but not bad at all.
To write this review.
Sometimes, a writer gets a choice. A choice between beautiful prose and simplicity. Sadly Jess Walters chose the prose option rather than simplicity - diluting the impact the same story elements could have had.
I suggest she reads the interpreter of maladies (the kindle/paper edition) - and see how events can be described without perennial and constant cynicism. Just say things as they are.
Also, the constant use of past tense is jarring. Just doesn't work!
Military is all about discipline and exacting standards. If you read any military biographies - it talks about how tough the initiation is. Even then - the training continues. Here, the guy goes through boot camp - there it is. He's now a hero :S. I gave up listening after a third of the book in.
Talk about unrealistic...
Narrator was OK. It's the story that sucked.
Disappointment and cynicism
Complex interwining of emotional as well as sci fi issues. Obviously, I love time travel, and this was done to the hilt.
Interesting aspect was everything. The bit I didn't like was the characters repeated stupid mistakes, and the complicated sci fi. Hats off to Rysa Walker for attempting it, but explaining time travel paradoxes and how they can get resolved was never going to be easy.
Kate Rudd is brilliant and has done some brilliant books. Check out her other work.Obviously, she does old and young characters (particularly female) quite well.
Death of a particular character.
Good book, although Rysa would do well to cut down on circular scenarios. Clearly, this book could have been shorter, crisper and be even more wonderful.
Yes. But the next book better be good, or I might drop the series.
It was edgy towards the end, until they started looking for evidence and there was bigger sense of danger.
He does the British accents really well which bring out the characters a bit more.
This is a middle novel, if this is a triology and clearly a weaker book.
It's not bad, but it dragged in some sections (not for long though). I do hope JK Rowling picks up the game in the next book, otherwise it might be my last for Cormoran Stryke.
People addicted to military sci fi and fans of the author.
Sheer unrealistic behavior. The main character looked at most women from a sexual interest viewpoint. Also, the whole training regime was a sham. Key elements of any military regime is enrollment, training and cohesive order. The main character and the military regime he was a part of - had none of that. It was just an ego trip for the main character. His "superior skills" gained from playing video games meant he was better as a soldier and could out think his superiors. Yeah right!
I haven't heard him before. I wouldn't give him extra credit or blame him - it was a pretty ordinary book.
I didn't laugh or put the book down in disgust despite being revolted at times.
People - please don't rate such books so highly just because it has sci fi and raptors. This was a pretty ordinary book and I will not touch this author ever again.
I liked the bits where the human conflict was brought out and dilemmas were explored.The bits I disliked were the whole "communism" theme with the sickle and hammer bits. Also, how contrived was it at times. There some small plot holes as well, e.g. the proctors didn't pick him up on singing the song, or when he says Righto to another gold towards the end. I also thought that Pierce Brown couldn't quite pull plot together. So, there were instances which didn't quite work for me, e.g. how golds were hogging all the power and were quite nepotic - yet they allowed some of the young golds to be killed.
What I liked was that all the characters were interesting.I again disliked the whole communism theme.
Good... but the main character is shown as having an irish/scottish accent, which is a little tough on the ear. When speaking as other characters, it was great.
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I can see the series going downhill from here.
Everything. It's clear, well written, narrated and invaluable.
Surely you're joking Mr Feynman! and The Thunderbolt kid come to my mind. Even though both of these are memoirs, they surprised me. Well, this book surprised me, was challenging and a real eye opener.
There's only one! Jeremy Harbour!
Go Do! Coz there's nothing better!
Just get it. It will change your life for the better.
Brandon Sanderson comes to young adult fiction finally.
Firstly, the magic. To an extent the magic in this one is similar to some of the Japnese manga cartoons where people battle using "playing cards".
Characters are interesting and very reminiscent of the mistborn series with particular characteristics defining people. Michael Kramer's narration also gives you the same feeling - but do note the sameness is in style not in the background or storyline. So, overall it's good.
Story is interesting, and covers an alternate dystopian world. But, it's interesting nonetheless. Some of the world weaving felt a bit strained and hence I've rated it as 4 stars rather than 5. I think the background could have been built up more particularly, the underlying politics and government structure/beliefs.
Overeall, it's a good book and I recommend it with the hope that the background storyline becomes more fleshed out in a sequel.
Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.
In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.
Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.
This is a laudable effort to use a story to convey messages about business. There were some good business insights in there about business.
The problem I found though was that there were too few insights compared to the length of the book, and the story was so cliche - that the business authorship showed.
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