I had never heard of StoryCorps before, and I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this. The stories were wonderful, and some of them brought tears to my eyes (much to my chagrin, since I was listening to this at the gym!!!). I absolutely loved each and every story; there was not a bad story in the bunch. These are honest, heart-felt stories; having them told by the people in their own voices was superb! Thank you, Audible for the free gift and also to introducing me to this concept!
I really liked the title story in this collection of short stories. It was a bit chilling for me, however, as it reminded me of my mom and how she hated the wallpaper in her room when she was terminally ill, just like the heroine hated the wallpaper in her room. I enjoyed most of the stories, and I appreciated the fact that they were different. While they all had a feminist message, I did not feel as if they were all "cookie cutter" stories. The narrator was good and I like the audio format. The one criticism I have is that some of the stories seemed to end a bit abruptly.
I had never heard of this author before and was concerned that it would be difficult to read because of the dated language; however, that was not a problem at all. I got this book when Audible offered it as a daily deal, and I'm glad I did; I probably would not have ventured into this author otherwise.
The book got off to a slow start for me, but once it got to the Carol Burnett years, I was hooked! I really enjoyed the parts about the show, Harvey and Carol; the script he wrote saying goodbye to Carol was touching. I also liked the parts about him playing tricks on his wife - he is quite the character! I listened to this on audio as I wanted to get a more authentic feel, and I was glad I chose this medium.
This was a good intro to Wicca if you are interested in learning more about the religion. In my line of work, I have encountered Wiccans and did not know anything about it; I decided to educate myself on this and started with this book. It was very straightforward and gave a good overview. I like the reasons for the Wiccan rituals and how they correspond to Nature and the change in seasons. I was interested to learn that my birthday is the day Wiccans celebrate when the powers of nature are at their highest. Also, Oct 31 is a time of reflection; my partner was born on that day and he is a very reflective person by nature.
I really liked this book. I have had it for awhile now, and for some reason, never got to it. When I realized it was my oldest audible book, I decided to delve into it and I am so glad that I did. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I thought it was well written and the story was told well from the point of someone who was experiencing mental issues. I laughed at parts and felt horribly sorry for Pat at others; but you can't help rooting for Pat and his silver lining. The part where he talks about T.O's alleged suicide attempt and how he felt about T.O. as a person who may be going through difficult times made me rethink some of my perceptions about how I view those with a mental issue as well.
I have to say, that I even got past the issue of Pat being an Eagles fan. I absolutely cannot root for a team that hired Michael Vick after his animal abuse conviction. I rationalized this part away by telling myself that at least this occurred during the Donovan McNabb years.
I had listened to one other book narrated by Ray Porter and really liked it. I probably would have moved this up in my "to read" list if I had realized he narrated it. Again, I enjoyed the narration as much as the story.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was superb; I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author because it was so authentic. I could feel the narrator's anger, fear, and frustration at certain points in the story, making it even more believable.
I see where many reviewers didn't like the book because they thought the author was arrogant. I see it more as confident than arrogant; he is smart and he knows his stuff. And while he portrays himself as a victim in places, he takes responsibility in others. I was fascinated by his social engineering successes; prior to reading this, the only time I encountered the term "social engineering" was during mandatory computer security training at work. The examples used there were lame attempts to get access to a company's computer system, and were quite obvious (as in, don't hold the door open for someone you don't know); when I read some of Kevin's tactics, I gained a new appreciation for the term. I kept thinking throughout the book that prior to the computer age, he would not be called a social engineer, but rather, would be referred to as a "con man."
The book was technical enough to get the point across, but not overly technical where you couldn't understand it. It was a bit repetitive in parts, but it was part of the story so it was "necessary repetition." Also, I was bored by some of the replicas of the emails; I didn't need to know every character in an email or every character of code. But those parts were not an integral part of the book and did not detract from my enjoyment of it.
I have to say, Kevin became my hero when someone cut him off in traffic and his response was to hack in the DMV system, get the guy's cell phone number, and then call him to ream his butt out! Come on, who has not ever wanted to do that? That was sweet! I wish I could bring Kevin along on my commute to and from work - I encounter plenty of candidates for this type of hacking project every day!!!!!
Overall, the book was past faced, it read like a fictionalized thriller, and was well narrated. The opening scene hooked me, and my interest was piqued throughout the whole story.
For some reason, I thought this was the first in the series, but once into it, realized there was a first. But, I was able to catch up with the characters quickly.
I had high hopes for this one, as I loved the concept of high tech mysteries. However, I was quite disappointed when the focus was more on the romance aspect rather than the mystery. To me, it felt like the mystery resolution was anti-climatic, as there seemed to be more attention paid to the men who were falling all over our geeky heroine. While I don't mind a little bit of romance in my mysteries, I don't like them to take over the story. This was in the style of Stephanie Plum - the main female character is bumbling along (Stephanie while doing her job, this one while on dates), accompanied by quirky side characters, while dazzling men are after her heart. The narration was good; it didn't particularly add to the story nor did it detract from it. Personally, I don't feel the need to continue with the series.
I give the writing a 3, as I felt certain parts could have been shorter, some could have been longer, and there were parts that seemed to drag; however, I give Sophie a 5 - therefore, my rating averages out to a 4. Sophie's story is amazing, and she demonstrated such a sense of loyalty to her family!! She refused human companionship during her ordeal as if she was waiting for her own family to find her, which is so heartwarming. I think the eventual reunion between family and dog could have been lengthened and been written in a more dramatic and emotional manner; that would have strengthened the book considerably. I cannot even imagine what her family must have gone through, thinking that they lost her through not keeping a close eye on her. And Sophie's terror at finding herself overboard is beyond imaginable.
I was surprised that I never heard about this story when it happened. I usually see these kinds of stories on the internet and make sure I read them. This one somehow passed me by.
I listened to this on audio, and I am glad that I did. I'm not sure I would have liked the printed version as much, particularly given the reviews of the poor editing of the printed pages. I didn't get that in the audio, so either they fixed it or the narrator fixed it as she went along
This was just okay for me. I am interested in the subject and it was an interesting premise, but the book just didn't deliver for me. I found my attention wandering and I was a bit bored throughout. I don't know if it was the organization of the book, the content or perhaps the narration but it didn't grab me. This is one of those books where maybe the author shouldn't do the narration.
I also didn't relate to most of the case studies. Oh wait, lack of empathy is on the psychopath test list.... Hmmm perhaps I learned something about myself lol!!!
I had never read anything by Peter Clines until I read 14. I was so impressed with that book that when I saw this one, I had to snap it up. This was comprised of four short stories, all of which told a story of a very specific point in time from four different viewpoints. Each story is related through at least one character in a different story. This was a unique concept and the narrators were also good. I could definitely see this one being a full-length novel, told from the various points of view; the stories were already written to be intertwined, so the characters could easily mesh into one larger story.
I liked this book, but based on the description, I thought I would like it more than I did. I am not sure if it was the question/answer format or the content that didn't enthrall me. Or perhaps I am just not the right audience, as I don't personally know anyone with autism. I listened to it on audio, and while the narrator was good, there was nothing about the narration that made the book more enjoyable or memorable.
I do think this is an important book in terms of having a resource that enables others to understand autism from a different viewpoint. Very often, it is difficult for people to relate to others with disabilities (or even from different cultures) due to the difference in their experiences and perspectives. Books like this humanize the individual experience, and I think it helps people to relate better to others.
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