I thought that this would be just a memoir about the author and her dog; while that was certainly a lot of the story, I was happily surprised to hear the psychological aspects of the human and dog relationship. Her life is woven in, as well as her fears and emotions about her dog and others. I could relate to her feelings about her dog, particularly her fear of being left alone once the dog was gone. I had (and still have) similar fears about my dog, so I can definitely relate to that. It was especially poignant hearing the author talking about how she knows the dog will go before her, yet knowing that she died at a young age (early 40s). I don't know if the dog actually survivied her or not, but this part struck an emotional chord with me. I also loved the part where she was examining her life and realized that while it may not be what she or others expected, she realizes that the question to as is: "does it feel right for you?" How true! After reading this book, I intend to read her book about her battle with drinking as well as her friend's book about their friendship and her untimely death. Hilary Swank did an outstanding job with the narration. You can tell that she loves dogs, as there were times in the book where you could tell the emotion was coming through.
I enjoyed these individual stories about these dogs. I had heard of some of them before, like Ricochet, Faith and Chaser, who all have their own full length books as well. I liked how at the end of each story, the author includes a short description of the breed. This was a short fun read and is ideal for the audio format since it can be stopped and started without a loss of continuity of the story line.
I love this series. The interactions between the characters are excellent and the personalities mesh perfectly. I was laughing out loud at many of the scenes, particularly when they played the "fizz buzz" game. There is also a cliffhanger at the end of this season so I need to get season five!!
There isn't much to say about this awful time that has not already been said. This book details the author's time in a concentration camp with his father; I have read other Holocaust books and each one adds something different to my understanding of this horrific time. I like the author's revelations of his inner struggles with his belief in God to his feelings about wanting to take his father's rations when his father was on the brink of death.
This audio edition includes the author's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the new preface by the author. The narration was very good and added to the overall listening experience.
I enjoyed this book; it was very informative and practical. I particularly enjoyed the concept and application of the regression to the mean theory, as I can relate it to many real life situations. It was also fascinating to learn that the money we spend on paying experts for financial advice may not make a difference, as the results are often achieved by chance. If you are curious about the title, the Drunkard's Walk refers to random events that nudge us in various directions; how often have you thought you wouldn't ha e a certain job, mate, or friend if certain events had not happened? I also found the discussion of CEOs and coaches being fired for poor results, when that particular year was the rest of chance or regression to the mean.
The only thing I would say is that if you are weak in statistics, the written book may be a better format. I listened to the audio version and while the explanations were good, there were a few times I wish I had the print version to refer to.
I liked this short story. The characters were interesting and the premise was good. This definitely could be lengthened and developed into a novella, as there more to this story that could be explored.
I'm not sure whether to classify this more as a memoir or a comedy. I thought it would be funnier, but it was still pretty good. People may enjoy it who are already fans of his; although I had heard of Penn & Teller, I hadn't ever seen their shows. There were some funny parts, but not as much as I had hoped. I loved his chapter on the bath house in San Francisco; I was practically rolling on the floor at his description of that. I found his ideas on atheism interesting in parts, and I liked his logic for being a Libertarian.
If you are easily offended by curse words or sexual terms, this book would definitely not be for you; there is quite a bit of both in this book.
I also enjoyed the narration, which is not always the case with authors who do their own narrating. In this case, his style of speaking matched the tone of the book, which added to the listening experience.
This is the first season of the BBC comedy, Cabin Pressure. I found myself laughing out many times; although I listened to this on audio, I could picture the case in the various scenes. I loved the interaction between the characters, as well as the British humour. Very enjoyable!
I read this book in two sittings. It grabbed me from the outset, as Michelle has been through a lot. I felt for her, having to deal with the issues of her early life and then being held by this monster for 11 years of her life. It was chilling to hear how close to death she came. I also admire her attitude about her son, and only wanting the best life for him. This truly is a story about survival. You go, Michelle, and keep working on taking your life back!
The narration was good, and I forgot at times that I was not actually listening to Michelle narrate her story.
This book was very interesting and much more than I expected. The book details a 24 hour period in George's life; while the description made me think it would focus on his experience as a gay man, that was not the sole focus. Yes, the issue is prevalent, but it was presented in the way of this is who he is. George's sexual orientation was part of many of his interactions, but the listener learns of many aspects of his life.
This was written in 1964, and I found it interesting that the attitudes described about George due to his sexual orientation have not changed much today. It was also perceptive of the author when he observed that colleges campuses would soon be overtaken by the parking lots; I recall many a day circling my college campus looking for a place to park in the 90s and 2000s!
The writing was excellent and I enjoyed the narrator. This is one of the books that I think I would have enjoyed equally in print and audio format. I was not prepared for the ending, but I like how it tied in with the opening scene of the story.
I thought that the first half of the book was a bit tedious; however I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I found the second half much more entertaining. The narration was quite good as well. I don't think I would have stuck with the story in printed form, so audio was a better format choice for me.
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