I am not a big fan of self help books, but I really enjoyed Gretchen's journey to being a better person. I was able to identify with her on many levels and realized that the changes to a more fulfilled life need to come from within and not from others.
The plot and the characters where well thought and strong enough to keep me interested to the end of the book, but it seems that every other paragraph contained a cheesy joke. After a while that became annoying as all of the characters expressed themselves in that cheap humor.
I bought this book on an Audible sale and that should've been my first clue. I wanted a lighthearted summer read, and this one had good reviews so I decided to give it a try. If you are not expecting a literature masterpiece, you would probably enjoy the book. It is well written, and although some of the situations are very forced (like how Emma found out about the existence of her twin sister), overall the plot is interesting and addictive, in a guilty pleasure king of way. I happily bought the second book, but at the end of that one, the killer wasn't even near to be revealed, and that really annoyed me. So here I am, going through the 3rd book only to find out that there are a total of SIX BOOKS! If this was only one fat book, I would probably would have given it 4 stars, as it did keep me guessing and entertained. As a trilogy I would've given it 3 starts. But 6 books??? I don't think I can stomach that, so I am just going to google who the killer is and be done with it.
Described by many reviewers as the best dog book ever, I started this book ready to be moved, fall in love, shed some tears and hopefully all of the above... Unfortunately the story was too simple to have any depth and didn't inspire me any emotions (except boredom?). After listening several chapter waiting for improvement I gave up. One of my first listening books was Oogy the Dog, and that was such a beautiful and powerful story, I could not wait to finish the book to pass it around to my friends and family... I can't say that I will be recommending A Dog's Purpose to anybody any time soon...
The author does a wonderful job transporting you into the early 1900's. It's not just how solid the characters are, but every detail of how live was at that time, plus real historical context of the events that were occurring then. I wish all history lessons came in this format! I also loved the narration. I am a big fan of theatrical narrators like Eduardo Ballerini, so I wasn't sure I was going to love this one when I started the book. But I was pleasantly surprise to find that the even tone and small fluctuation between characters added to the somberness of the story.
If it wasn't for the great narrator performance I wouldn't finished the book. The premise of a teenager writing letters to a stranger didn't convince me, and although I enjoyed some of the passages, overall I didn't think the plot was strong enough.
Although the book is light and engaging, the experiences shared by Tim Anderson are very deep and personal. Funny from beginning to end!
I could not get myself to finish this book. This book goes in very deep in Che's life, to the point of listing every insignificant detail. I think as a historic document the author does a great job compiling all that information. But for a normal person just trying to learn about Guevara's life, it is way to much information, making the book long and sorry to say, boring. The performance doesn't help either. It is read as you would a historic document, so the hours just drag and drag... I got to the 3rd download and gave up.
I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. Inspiring, entertaining, funny as hell!
From the beginning, the story got me guessing and every time I thought I had it figured out, a new twist was introduced. Beautiful descriptions make the story believable and the narration is flawless.
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