This is a thought-provoking and yet fun book to listen to. The author does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and the readers were very easy on the ears.
I couldn't get through this book because the narrator seemed so bored with the story. I'm going to try again reading it the old fashioned way.
I downloaded this as part of an activity for high school students and found it to be boring. Also, the stories blend into one another and there is no title to let you know which one you are listening to. Skip it and stick with one of the the Poe collections.
I loved The Glass Castle but only liked this book. Her grandmother led an interesting life, but the story seems contrived at times and Jeannette's perfect diction was a distraction in a story about someone from Texas. I would read this book vs. listen to it.
There is a lot of interesting information about the history of philosophy and I listed to about 1/2 the book. In the end, I put it aside because the silly side story was such a distraction.
The story starts with three men who are adrift in a boat on the ocean and when the hear a plan overhead they signal thinking they are about to get rescued - but the plane shoots at them! The author then flashesback to their childhood and you think the shooting scene will be the climax of the story - but it is only the beginning of their incredible journey. An amazing book that I loved listening to as much as my kids (ages 11 and 14).
I read some of the reviews and understand why some more conservative readers would have a hard time with the first few chapters of the book. However, one of the major themes is preconceptions about alternative lifestyles and this book really makes you think about "good" and "bad" people in society.
I read this entire book in one weekend (my house is now spotless). It was incredible and kept me on the edge of my seat all weekend. I encourage people to open their minds and read this book.
I always listen to a book on tape when I'm cleaning my house and I can tell how well I like the book by how clean my house is at the end (the more I want to listen the longer I clean). After this book my baseboards are scrubbed, the carpets cleaned, my kitchen cuboards washed down and the place is spotless. An interesting book with a lot of twists and turns.
I am actually writing this for my son who read this book in fifth grade. He LOVED it! A lot of the material is things he had really never thought about and it led to some very interestng family conversations about the China one-child policy, etc.
Very funny book. We listened to it on a road trip and ages from 8 - 42 all enjoyed the characters and the story. There is some adult-type discussion at the very beginning (these are teenagers after all) but it was very minor and not a central part of the story.
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