I've been through this with my mother - everyone's story is different - we didn't read books, for example. But I think it's important to look at end of life stories as a combination of happy and sad, and to know that while it's frightening, it is something you can get through. So the relevance.
Would depend on the subject.
I'm on the fence about him as narrator. I thought Mary Ann's voice was a bit falsetto.
I thought the book lacked emotion. As I said, we're all different, but I didn't get a sense of how he really felt. It was all very calm, clean, upper class white Protestant people (sorry, I don't mean to offend), and yet, this was a woman who spent a lot of time in refugee camps. I was looking for more feeling.
But, given that it was a book about books, I did think of reading some of these books.
Absolutely loved this book. The author weaves in historical events, places, objects, existing correspondence to/from/about Austen, and quotes from Austen's writing to give a fascinating view of Jane Austen and her world. It's well written and Kate Reading's narration is, as always, wonderful.
A really interesting time in science and politics. The start of the 20th century was an amazing time in physics, especially - this book is very much focused development of quantum theory, so called "modern physics" and an understanding of the structure of atoms and molecules. If you don't have a working knowledge of the science - e.g., if you don't know anything about the structure of atoms, a tiny bit about quantum theory, radioactivity - you might find this overwhelming. The bio is long on Oppenheimer's interactions with fellow scientists, and the science itself, although there is no math, no formulae - so it is palatable.
Oppenheimer was an interesting character. Not always an especially nice person, very intense, full of contradictions. But he wrangled a group of elite scientists to create the atom bomb in a relatively short period of time, and for this, he was absolutely brilliant. Despite being completely loyal to the US, he was a Communist sympathiser in the 1930's, and this came back to him in the 1950's when he lost his security clearance. A series of events that has some relevance to today - pettiness, hysteria, ego, and abuse of power. Interesting times. Not much has changed.
But it's a good listen, if the subject interests you.
I thought there might be some interesting facts about different eating types, and there are, somewhere. I just hate the constant statement that you need to "be smart" suggesting that somehow you might be stupid if you're fat. Not motivating in the least. The brain information is so superficial, it was hardly worth it. Most of the book consists of comments from people who've followed this program, anecdotes about football players and this "be smart to loose weight" sort of thing. Eh, not for me.
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