I listened to The Happiness Project and really liked that it was read by the author. This one, however, is read by someone else. Kathe Mazur I'm sure has good intentions, but she reads the book like it is a book of poetry or a book of proverbs. Every word is treated as important. And the fact that it's not Gretchen Rubin's voice even though it's her words (and having listened to a whole book by her already) is jarring and disconcerting. I have not been able to get past the first hour and a half. I used to listen to the book while getting ready for work in the morning and eating breakfast, but now I prefer silence or reading. I'll try to get back into it -- but Gretchen, I wish you had read this one too.
Janis Ian narrates her own book so well that I "couldn't put it down." Well done. It's a gripping biography, interesting & insightful. And Ian does a good job of sharing trauma without being maudlin. I did find the book somewhat stressful though *spoiler alert* - one story after another of pain and trauma and let-downs almost made me want to stop listening. But, as they say, it all turned out OK in the end -- though it's not the end -- she will have to put out a second book to cover the next 20 years or thereabouts.
Well read by Jay Snyder, this book takes the reader into the mind and life of an autistic man in the near future. If you know someone who is autistic, or who has Asperger's syndrome, you'll feel at home with the character and get some good insight into how your friend, husband, son, or daughter might think. I especially liked the part about comparing an autistic person's facial recognition and other types of perception to that of a blind person. Also, good insight into how other people treat folks who think differently, who act differently.
This book is beautifully read by Lesley Mackie, whose voice adds depth to the story. It's a good story -- I listened to it almost straight through (with a few breaks). I highly recommend the book but even more so any other book read by Lesley Mackie.
From my blog: What amazes me most about the audio version is that Montalván had the courage to read the book himself.
Montalván has an excellent speaking voice, not too deep, not too soft, but not loud either. Soft as if he were petting Tuesday while doing the narration. A little gravelly like some of the desert sand had come home with him in his voice. Listening to Montalván tell the most painful part of his story, I almost wanted to say, “Stop, stop! You don’t have to relive it again just to narrate this book. Get someone else to do this part.” But I’m glad Montalván was the sole voice in the book; he creates a real connection with his listener. I know I will listen to the book again; maybe several times.
But the best part, maybe, maybe the best part… Should I tell you? There’s kind of an “Easter egg” at the end. You find out again that Tuesday is a real dog. Listen to the book, and be prepared to giggle, yes giggle, with the unexpected punctuation, the audio paw-print that says, I hope, “And they lived happily ever after.”
I recommend this book to anyone, except for those who have recently lost a pet.
Well, I can't say because that would give it away...
Well, the voice of the dogs, and the cadence and erudition.
Yes. Twice the book had me sobbing for about 30 minutes each, but I can't say when because that would give away the story.
I'm really happy I bought this audiobook.
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