I can't say that I was caught putting off my life in order to hear the end of a chapter each day or anything, but if you enjoy reading about psychology, the human mind, and it's responses to trauma, this was very interesting. It includes chapters regarding the children who escaped the Branch Dividians and how they overcame being brainwashed and how they were able to readjust to "normal" life, as well as several other interesting stories. There isn't a hint of condescension in the authors tone, nor does he engage in overly clinical phraseology, or describe the subjects from a removed, medicalized perspective. He seems to truly care about all of the patients he describes, and his passion for his work comes through clearly. I don't know that I would listen to this more than once, but it was definitely worth a first listen.
I didn't know anything about this book until the movie came out, but I hadn't yet seen the movie when I decided to listen to the audiobook. I did so based on some of the reviews, but I didn't have real high hopes for it, since it appeared to be the typical quirky romantic chick flick story, albeit with a little twist (mental illness).
I was wrong. I loved it. It was sweet, but tragic, it didn't wrap things up too neatly in the end to be believable, but it did give you an ending you were happy with. It was funny, but sad. Crazy, but kind of normal. I loved the main character, and the narrator was excellent. The only thing I might change is that he had a tendency to occasionally speak in a more childish voice than I would have liked, when it comes to the main characters delusional thought processes, as if being bipolar makes you borderline retarded or something. Other than that, it was perfect.
I watched the movie afterwards, and though it did have a few major differences from the book, it was still a decent movie. I will almost always choose the book over a movie, though, and that was definitely the case here. I might actually even listen to this one again, at some point.
I felt like this was a dumbed down version of a million cliches or "words of wisdom" that have been said a million times over. What?? You mean, if you have a positive attitude, those around you will respond positively?? How profound.. What??? You mean, we are all the "drivers" of our own "bus", and WE determine the "destination"?? Wow.. I really didn't need a cheesy story to illustrate these points for me, but I don't know; maybe some people do. I merely found it slightly insulting.
but I can't help myself. His storytelling ability is superb, and I always end up feeling as if I know the characters he writes about. Many of his books start off a bit slow, taking time to slowly unravel the plot as we get to know the seemingly endless number of characters. This book was not like that. I was interested from the very beginning, and despite originally feeling a bit "put off" by the description (I mean, come on.. time travel??), this book is written in such a way that all of the unbelievable, far-fetched aspects of the story are really not even called into question. It no longer matters *how* this whole time travelling thing is occuring, who cares? The interest becomes focused on what is happening while the character *is* time travelling, and on some intriguing concepts that the author presents, revolving around the idea.
All of this, believe it or not, is just a lead-up to the official point of the book; you know, the JFK bit.. I am not a history buff, and I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I have not previously felt especially fascinated by the JFK assasination, in the past, or the circumstances surrounding it. None of that mattered here, either. I don't know how historically accurate the book is; I don't really care. The *story* presented was excellent. It was unique. It was creative. It was interesting.
And, at the end of the day, listening to this book kept me awake and entertained through an entire week of work. I wasn't asking for any more than that.
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