I wasn't sure how I would rate this book until the end. Upon reflection of the total story, I decided I really liked it. The narration was excellent and you could tell exactly when Charlie progressed and regressed. A bittersweet, thought provoking story. I'm sure I didn't think of it on this level when I first read it as a youth. I'm glad I decided on the re-read as an adult.
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.
I enjoyed the way this was presented on Audible; it included the audience laughing and the applause, and the various actors narrating the characters made me feel like I was at the play. As far as the content of the play, I thought it was excellent. I liked the story line and laughed throughout. I thought this was highly entertaining and well done.
I decided to read this now, given the headlines about the Nigerian girls who they think could be sold into the sex slave trade. This dealt with a young girl from Nepal, who was sold by her step-father for around $300. She ends up in India, where she is placed into forced prostitution. The cultural references were quite interesting to me, and I would have loved to read more about the Nepal culture. I had also recently finished reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and although that story happened in Japan, I was struck by the similarities: both books refer to the older more powerful women as "Auntie" and both had to work to pay off their debts to the person who bought them. You can't help but relate to the young heroine of this story and how terrified she must have been at age 13 and 14 to go through this horrific experience.
The narration was also good and the accents were well done
I wasn't sure what to expect based on the reviews, but I enjoyed this book. I didn't enjoy the circumstances that led to the writing of this book as they were incredibly sad, but I appreciate the author's openness and ability to write so honestly about her feelings during this difficult time of her life.
I saw many reviews that rated this book low because they didn't like the author, felt she was a snob, etc. I am not sure what led to this, because many people who are well off have written memoirs and I didn't see these types of reviews. In her case, does she have more money than me? Yes. Does she live a different lifestyle than I do? Yes. (I don't have a "kitchen notebook" to track dinners I served, but then again, maybe I should start one to document the times I actually cook something edible!). Anyway, my point is that her life is completely different than mine, but that is why I want to read about it. I don't want to read about someone who has my life, as I am experiencing that myself. I didn't get the feeling she was snobbish or had the I-am-so-great attitude that I have encountered in some people I have met.
As far as the book content, I could empathize with much of what she went through. While I have not lost a spouse, I have experienced other losses of loved ones and can relate to many of her observations. I completely agree with her statement that when you mourn, you not only mourn the loved one but also the person you were at various stages of your relationship. I have experienced this many times, but this was the first time I heard someone else articulate this experience. I, too, have looked back and thought what changes had occurred in my life that I went through with a particular person who is no longer here. When she describes how she measured time that year after her husband died by comparing to what they were doing on that same day last year, I got it; it was especially moving when she came to December 31, the day that when she looked back one year she realized it was the first day that her husband was not there one year ago.
The author frequently references events that happened shortly before his death and ended with "and he had 48 hours to live" or however many days, months, etc. That is something I think about a lot when someone suddenly dies; I think of how they expected to do something that weekend, or go into work the next day and then suddenly were not there to follow through with those plans. When I saw my mother's glasses sitting on her bedside table after her death, no longer to be used, that really saddened me. It is things like this that really seem to get to me when someone passes away.
For me, the most poignant part of the book was when the author talks about her daughter's belief as a child that the broken man ["death"] was going to come and that she realized that she alone had to do something to stop him from coming for her. That became more important when she was in a hospital fighting for her life years later, at the time her father had died. As a child, Quintana told her mother that if the "broken man" came for her, she would hold onto the fence so that he could not take her away. As the author is going through the experience of losing her husband and seeing her daughter fight for her life, she observes that Quintana "held onto the fence" while her husband did not. I found that particular line particularly moving.
Overall, while the book dealt with sadness and death, I found the book to be enjoyable and moving at times. I listened to this on audio and I didn't have any issues with the narration. I felt that the narrator's voice perfectly suited how I pictured this author to be and I could easily imagine it was the author speaking
I listened to this on audio, and the narrator was very good. There were some parts that were over the top that made me laugh at inappropriate times in the story, but overall, I liked the audio version. The various voices were done very well.
As far as the story, I can't add any clever observations that haven't already been said. I can say that this book shows me the importance of sticking with a book and evaluating it as an entire body of work. I didn't like the first part of the book and was going to ditch it, but I stuck with it. Once The Savage appeared and became an integral part of the story, I became interested in it. I loved the differences highlighted between the satirical "civilized" and "uncivilized" societies. The ending was quite a surprise to me and was well done.
I initially thought that I liked "1984" better, but I think they are pretty much equal in my opinion. Each has something slightly different to offer and both are worth the read.
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