While I enjoyed his thoughts, I found much of it to be repetitive. I do appreciate this freebie from Audible though and of course Scott Brick's narration is excellent as usual. I agreed with many if his thoughts, but I completely disagree with his assertion that you need at least thirty people for a family. These days, families come in all sorts of configurations and there is no one size fits all.
I enjoyed this intro book in the series. I listened to it on audio, and the voices were very good. I liked the adventures that Skeeve and Aahz got into, as well as their relationship. This story had interesting characters and was quite funny at times. This was a fun, quick read and I will try others in the series.
I really enjoyed this book. The audio version was great, and I loved Jackson Galaxy as the narrator. He was just as good when he was talking in a soothing voice to cats as he was cursing at life in general! I generally am not a fan of author narrated books, but this was the exception. The story was also really good; I had not seen his television show before, but I was immediately hooked by the story line of the author overcoming his several addictions and his work with the cats. There are some good cat behavior tips in here as well if you are interested in that. What most impressed me was his brutal honesty about the good and the bad in his life. He definitely did not sugar coat anything and was quite blunt, which I appreciated. I, too, have felt anger when I lost an animal and I totally related to him when he was going through the loss of Benny. He has a great message and I recommend this book (unless you are offended by profanity, as there is some in the book).
I listened to this on audio, which I do not recommend. The author is the narrator and this is one example of why authors don't necessarily make good narrators. Despite being close to the events, the narration was monotone. Also, it's told from the author's perspective but there were some points where she was referred to in the third person. It may be clear in printed form that the point of view had changed, but it was not clear in audio.
That being said, the story was excellent! It is an interesting and heart wrenching story of what happened to Jovan: the glaring problems with the penal system in this case, information about false/forced confessions; and courtroom tactics. As someone who works in the area of civil rights, I am not surprised that these kinds of things still happen, but am appalled that they do. I am surprised that I had not heard of his story before; it seems like this should been plastered all over the court tv shows and internet. I feel awful for Jovan, his family and the family of Mr. Howard Thomas - none of this should ever have happened.
enjoyed this one. This was the first in the series and I will definitely try another one. The narrator was very good, and I liked the spunkiness of the heroine. There is something about a minor Royal in that era who spurns conventions that is irrestible to me. There were many times I found myself laughing when she got in certain scrapes and had to summon all of her inner "royalness" to get by. I liked Lady Georgiana and the other assorted cast of characters and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
This was billed as the first in the Rules of the Game series, but in reality it was around the eighth in The Sisterhood series. I specifically bought this book in one of Audible's sales of books that are the first in a series, so I was disappointed to learn that you needed background info to appreciate what was going on. I went back and read the first three so I could get an idea of what was going on with the characters. This one wasn't quite as cheesy as the first few I read, which I was happy to learn. It was okay but I'm tired of the series; there aren't many new twists. The one thing that really bothered me is that these are supposed to be strong, smart women - yet they take their orders from a man and they talk about how he has all the good ideas! Something is wrong with that picture given the theme of the book.
I really enjoyed the narration of this book; I thought the narrator did a great job with it. I'm glad that I listened to the book, as I'm not sure I would have stuck with it in printed form.
I'm not going into details of the plot, as there is nothing I can add about it that has not already been said about this classic. This was okay but I guess after hearing all the hype, I expected more. I didn't particularly like most of the characters, as they seemed quite shallow to me. I liked the last half better than the first, as I was able to pull the descriptions of the characters in the first part together and things began to make more sense. I was surprised at the ending and that is what made it a good book for me.
I liked this short memoir about the death of the author's daughter and the new family that they created. It reminded me a bit of how my dad, sister and I ended up living together after my mother died - it was a different type of arrangement for us, but it worked. I liked seeing how this family came together and altered their living arrangements to create a new family unit. I listened to the audible version; the author read the book, which I thought was quite fitting. Many people don't like when the authors read their books and some authors should never read their books. But in this case, it worked; after all, it is his story to tell.
This was one of those books that I needed to finish in order to appreciate the entire story. I had read the several free prequels and thought the book would explore all of those stories in more detail. This was not the case, and initially I was put off by that. As the story developed, I found I liked it. I particularly liked to read it in the context of how fear of people who are different than the majority are treated. There were many parallels to civil rights issues in today's society. Not sure I will need to follow the tv series however, but I imagine it will translate well to that medium.
I enjoyed this book, as I liked the stories of the animals and farm life. The animals have their own personalities, such as the donkey who liked Paul Newman popcorn, including the bag! I also liked reading how the animals used devious measures to obtain more food. The stories were both heartwarming and humorous. I listened to this through Audible; the narration was good, but I wish that the chapters corresponded to the tracks.
The author asks the question throughout: do dogs have souls? To me, that isn't even a question. I answer that with a resounding "YES" and the proof I have is just looking into a dog's eyes. It bothers me that humans are such an arrogant species that we believe that we are the only ones capable of having a soul. I generally am not interested in the religious themes, but in this case, there was a chapter where the author discusses the issue about animals and souls with a religious friend. The friend was insistent that dogs cannot go to heaven and do not have souls because they don't accept Jesus. That view of things, while I respect the right of others to have that view, disturbs me, as it is so exclusive; there are many creeds that exist that believe otherwise, and who is one person to tell another that their beliefs are wrong. I like that the author does not jump into this theory and notes that he has been influenced by a mixture of religious philosophies.
I particularly liked the discussion about animals as social support. I also love this quote that was near the end of the book, as I think it sums up our relationship with our dogs nicely (I am paraphrasing, as I don't have the exact quote): "Dogs let humans live their lives, and do not tell them HOW to live their lives.
This is probably a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed the story and the writing, but there were some parts that I found to be slow moving. From what I understand, the movie is action packed and may be the way to go if you are looking for something faster paced. However, there were many parts in this book that I found to be chilling and eerie. It also helped that I had the proper "atmosphere" for the story - I listened to it during my commute to and from work, and since it is winter, I was often in the dark as I listened to it. Very creepy!!!! The narration was excellent; I loved Will Patton's portrayal of the narrator, as it was very believable.
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