As a George Carlin fan, I was happy to see several of his collections in this book. If you are not familiar with his material, let me just say that his stuff is not for those who are easily offended. I love his common sense and in your face approach to things - he certainly is not one who minced words. I listened to this while I was at the gym, and there were many times I am sure I got some strange looks when I started laughing. He is a superb narrator; I love his vocal inflections when he is delivering his material and nobody else can do it quite like he can!
This was another freebie from Audible. Thank you for the laughs, Audible! I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions; I loved the author's self-deprecating humor. Although he met most of his dates on-line (the one near at the end was in person), it was more about dating in general than specific to on-line. I enjoyed the anecdotes as well as his "how-to" segments. Very funny and enjoyable short read!
This was a Valentine's Day freebie from audible - it took me awhile to get to it, but it was worth the wait!
I liked this short story about a stalker. It was pretty clear from the outset where this was heading, but that did not detract from the story. I liked his comparison of the stalker to a disease like herpes; the stalker flared up from time to time, and although there was relief when she was gone, there was the underlying knowledge that she never went away.
The author narrated his own book, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked well. Not all authors can be narrators, but he was easy to listen to.
Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago.
I liked the story overall, but there was nothing astounding about it. This told the story from the perspective of the author, who was a marketing employee at Google. I get the trials of being a non-engineer in an engineering company, as I have been in that situation before. There were many sections that I found extremely interesting, such as the controversy over Google Doodles, April Fools jokes, the perks of working there, the magnitude of the operation, and everything that went into the development of the search function. I take it for granted when I go to Google that I will see the box, type in my request, and find what I am looking for. I never thought of it as this complex algorithm that is actually very highly developed. I also never thought of the scope of the manpower and physical equipment that is required to make this happen.
There were no great "confessions" in this book, so maybe I was expecting more of that based on the title. Rather, it was a history of the company and there was no real "dirt" revealed. I found that many names were mentioned and when they came back up again, I could not recall exactly who all of them were. There were also great details about some of the competitors and their skirmishes with Google that I felt went on for way too long. This book definitely would have benefited from editorial work in the area of shortening the story up. When I look back at the entire book, I'm glad that I persevered and finished it, although there were some points where I felt that it was never going to end. Maybe by now, as you are reading this, you are thinking that this review is never ending as well, so on that note, I will conclude!
I enjoyed the story and the narration, but I think that too much was taken out in the abridged version. I had not seen the movie nor read the complete book and thought that this would give me a good overview of the story. However, I felt parts were choppy and not connected, so I read the reviews of the full-length book. To my surprise, there were many parts that seemed to be relevant to the story that were not included that I thought would have been helpful, even in an abridged version. This did pique my interest enough that I borrowed the full-length version from the library and am currently reading it to fill in the gaps. My advice is that if you are really interested in the whole story, get the full length version.
There is nothing I can add about the story line that has not already been said, so I am focusing on my impressions of the story. I listened to this on audible, and I found the narration to be good. I had never read this classic before, but I knew the phrase "Big Brother is Watching." It was interesting to finally read the story behind it. I'm also glad that I read this as an adult, as I don't think I could have digested the concepts as well as a youth.
Parts of this were quite chilling, considering that Orwell wrote this in 1948 and he foresaw many things that relevant today in various countries. There were many thought provoking concepts, such as Winston describing that sanity is not statistical. Once I thought about that, I realized how accurate that concept was and how someone who dares to think differently than the masses is thought to be odd or even crazy. I had no idea how the story would end, but once I got there, I realized that it was the perfect ending. The appendix about New-Speak was fascinating to me - it actually made a lot of sense and it certainly simplifies the English language!
This was a freebie from Audible at Christmas time, and I enjoyed it. I had received another short freebie in this series a few months ago that I liked a bit more, but this was good. I am generally not a fan of vampire stories, so this is a different genre for me. The Half Moon Hollow stories have descriptions of the Vampire culture that interest me, although I still am not sure I want to read a full-length Vampire book. I particularly liked the discussion of the main character's job interview and conditions of her employment in this story and I found myself laughing out loud in some parts. This was good as a stand-alone short story.
This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be more of a compilation of short and funny anecdotes about irate customers. While there were these scenes in the book, it was more of a memoir about the author's experiences as a waiter. The book focuses on two particular restaurants, and was an eye opener for me. I have no experience in the restaurant industry other than as a consumer, and I enjoyed hearing about the day-to-day life of a waiter. There were some things I figured happened, and some things I had no idea about. Of course, there is the obligatory chapter on disgusting conditions in restaurants and what some waiters do for revenge (yes, including spitting in the food of customers who complain and return meals constantly). This just bolsters my motto: there are two people in life I do not piss off - the person who has control of my food and my hairdresser! Everyone else? Well, they are fair game, LOL!
The narration was very good as well. The narrator was even keeled when needed, but just as easily was very emphatic when he had to let loose with a curse or two!
Overall, I really liked this book.
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.
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