Atlanta, Georgia United States | Member Since 2012
Yes. John McDonough is one of my favorite readers. His reading is,rather scholarly (I don't know if he'd like that description though). I prefer his reading when listening to non fiction, much more than most modern readers who tend to adopt a rather funny "Everybody Loves Raymond" type tone when reading non fiction.
I liked the introduction a lot, because I've always felt that fiction writing is in danger of becoming political tracts whose goal is to teach more than tell a story. If characters in stories are allowed to be themselves, politics will manifest itself naturally.
He had more spunk here than he does in reading Isaiah (from The Bible).
It made me laugh sometimes, especially when Mr Bloom calls two characters from one of Flannery O Conner's stories "Abominable persons." He was talking about a grandfather and a little girl.
I am glad to be introduced to a reader that doesn't get in the way of the story. I have a hard time listening to great actors when they read, because they give sort of characterizations that are often quite good (a British person, Truck Driver, Mafia lord...etc),but they are too definite for the length of an average novel.
I love the detail summaries of each book covered.
Prosperity is worthless without given back or helping others. Yet the book is not one big guilt trip. It covers each subject with unbiased opinion and enhances the point each author was trying to make without personal judgements.
The subject of the book is inspiring to both rich and poor. Prosperity, here, is something positive and not polarizing. Most of the authors represented want to help others succeed by living up to their full potential.
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