I think I would enjoy the print version better. The reader's style detracted from the important and interesting content for me.
This topic is very interesting, and the author reviews research and his own experiences on gratitude techniques that is likely to help a good many people live a happier, more engaged life. Unfortunately: The reader speaks clearly and fluently, but makes the book sound like a monotonous litany. While this is a non-fiction work and the author presents research data, it is written in the first person, by an author who writes informally and in a personal, engaging style. Very often, the reader is simply reading the book in the same lilting tone, without any emotional inflection at appropriate places, including punctuation marks, as if the reader never read it before the recording and is reading the prose cold. This reader seems well-practiced at cold-reading informational texts with excellent diction and pseudo-emotional inflection. It's very much like listening to a reading by a sophisticated computer. In fact, I had to verify that it was a human being credited as the reader. I'm certain I would get more out of this book if I could listen to the author reading his own work or presenting a lecture.
I love the way the characters have grown and yet remained true to themselves to the end, the way the books build upon the former stories and details of the character's experiences. Paolini's meticulous attention to accurate is evident in his descriptions, imagery, natural science (I like how he alludes to magic as a natural aspect of matter and manipulation of energy, and how he makes it seem scientifically feasible; his magic has natural and sensible limits, unlike most author's conceptions of
He has a warm and engaging voice, which suits Eragon perfectly. Yet he is able to capture various characters with different voices convincingly. I enjoyed listening to his voice as much as imagining the story in my head.
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