There's something strangely appealing and timely about this book. However, if you are looking for a good novel, you might want to look elsewhere. In order to appreciate the story, you have to remember that Ayn Rand was primarily a philosopher, and her books showcased her theories. Hence, you have to suspend belief and well as endure a lot of preachiness before you finish the book. But for some reason, I kept listening, and I honestly enjoyed it.
I can't tell you how many people have told me they read this in high school. I find that amazing - they must have spent the entire year on just this book, and had parents and teachers who were not uncomfortable with the many steamy passages. Although not clinical, this is not a book for prudes!
Worth the time for the patient and erudite listener.
Be aware that this is a lecture based on the author's book. I found her analysis of Teresa's writings insightful and inspirational. However, I did find her tone a bit judgmental; as I work my way through The Interior Castle I am finding that Teresa was far more instructional and compassionate. I would definitely recommend this - however, it is not good auto listening since many of the author's instructions involve closed eyes!
This book starts out ok with a few rough spots, then flourishes during the time the author is caring for his son on the street. Once the author becomes affluent, it's downhill from there. The book loses its family focus and becomes a self-absorbed narrative. The son evaporates into thin air.
Not a bad book, but disappointing.
If Disney's movies and tv efforts were as fascinating as this book, they'd be back at number one in the entertainment field. This is so well written and researched that it holds you captive till the end, waiting to see what happens next like a great mystery. Great choice, even for those who are not usually interested in corporate non-fiction.
This wasn't to my taste. Many friends had read the book and said it was hysterically funny, but I found the author's delivery rather melancholy and pathetic. His stories re: speech therapy and his family pets left me feeling somewhat sad - much to my friends' confusion. I think I would be better off reading the book.
Entertaining and enlightening look at life for young women in the 1950's. Great time-passer, safe for family listening!
Very personal portrait of the Kennedy years: factual but not judgmental. Good balance of politics, current events and "gossip". Well read and worth listening to the unabridged version, although admittedly long. Pedantic in spots, particularly in foreign affairs analysis, but quickly returns to the original pace.
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