Parts of it irritated me and his writing got a little monotonous at times, but later on found myself thinking back to it. So maybe that's the sign of a good novel. I wished the story had a few more twists in places, but I guess you can't demand that from a memoir. He lapses into a bit too much navel-gazing at times, but the ending is touching.
Whose nephew got the job to narrate this?? OMG. Terrible. SO tone deaf. I've heard vacuum cleaners with more warmth and expressiveness. Eric Synnestvedt, I'm talking to you. Dude, please don't narrate anything more, ok? It's not your "thing". Go back to working the mobile phone store or wherever you came from. Jesus. Your voice ends on the same pitch after every sentence. Terrible. Horrible. I'd tell you to take some lessons, but I'm afraid that would give you hope.
Mr. Publisher, I'm going to return this book. What an insult to this "flawless" guy. You have to question his judgement. Does he have gambling debts or something? Never again....
I had to keep listening because it was just so corn-ball and cliche. Not to give away anything, but let's say it takes a disaster to get southerners to lose weight.
This needs a new title "201 Great Ideas to IMPROVE Your Small Business. I thought it was ideas FOR CREATING a small business. No. She goes on about hiring consultants, lawyers, etc.
Beware: This book is really dated and probably should have been revised. His initial chapters are fine, but then he gets into the "how to" stuff and makes references to fax machines and VCRs and seems to think that the world is still all about paper. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. And what's missing is how to organize anything in the digital age -- no discussion of cloud storage, etc., etc.
My daughter picked this out for our 8-hour car ride at Thanksgiving. She liked it. Kind of boring and obvious for me. Definitely not for mature adults. Not the charm of that Harry Potter had for adults. Dystopia = dyspepsia for adults. OMG.
Unlike some of the comments, I enjoyed the approach the author took with writing intersecting stories around a theme with different points of view. My only complaint is I found one of the narrators hard to understand -- kind of garbled diction. Sometimes he sounded like a drunk Borat. I would have preferred a native English speaker. Other than that, some really touching moments.
Couldn't get past the first dozen chapters. The narration is really good, but the story is slow and the writing is monotonous. Bleech. Not my cup of tea.
and other Cato Institute crap, you'll love this. Lots of theory based around a lame story of three guys on an island. i.e. no references to the real world. They bill it as a fun, entertaining story. It's not. It's dull. I could only get through the first three chapters. Bleech.
For someone in healthcare, this was fascinating. Not just a story of the outbreak, but starts off with the background of where medicine was at during this time. Very disturbing that this could happen again.
I dug this. It's kind of a throw back, with a clear plot and easy to grasp characters. But if you enjoy anything mechanical and sailing, it's great. This would be a great book for an older guy who maybe doesn't read too much. The narration is top-notch.
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