Whatever your feelings on conspiracy theories, this is a fun book. Belzer is typically dry in his reading, and while I take all his facts with a grain of salt, he makes some interesting arguments.
Unfortunately, every few minutes, there are these weird, loud, annoying tin-can-as-a-rim-shot type sound effects, and they get really irritating really fast. I have no idea what the producers were thinking.
I'm not your typical meditation type, but I believe in the value of it. What I love about Iyanla's approach to meditation is that it's about connecting with the sacred energy within us all, but nothing she says or does feels "out there" to me - I have no trouble connecting with these practices. I also find them incredibly helpful on a daily basis. I use the clearing practice before I work - I'm a writer - and then end the day with balance, healing and consecration. They've improved my state of mind, attitude and general well-being immensely. I highly recommend.
Jumping the Shark is a great concept, and I give Hein credit for it, but the book lacks any real insight into what it means to jump the shark. Instead, there are a multitude of examples with inaccurate facts that don't amount to much more than a series of repetitive blurbs. Hein then follows this sloppy workmanship up by jumping himself - to celebrities, politics and sports, realms which don't really lend themselves to the concept. All that said, it's an entertaining listen, just not necessarily terribly well executed.
This was the first audiobook I ever listened to, and it got me hooked on both audiobooks and Mameve Medwed. I usually don't review, but I saw the other review and didn't want it to dissuade anyone from buying a great book and audiobook. One of the things I especially liked about this was the use of an actor to read the male parts; there's nothing more annoying than a female reader trying to deepen her voice to sound like a guy! The book itself is great, the story and sweet and lively, and Ms. Medwed is a great writer. It's definitely worth the listen!
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