While I found this an interesting listen, the more I went on, the more I found Myss to be less open-minded than one might expect of a person portraying herself as a guru. I particularly found her prejudices against body modification (in the less than drastic form of piercings) and against therapy to be dissuasive. I also felt that there were some contradictions in her preaching.That said, I listened through the whole thing and tried to remain open minded, and still gained some interesting thoughts and insights from the whole thing. Might be useful if you are interested in looking at your personal relationships in a different manner or deconstructing your own actions and thought process for introspection and insight.
Not necessarily. I'm hoping to eventually find a more relevant book as to what I'm looking for, but this wasn't all a bad read. It just wasn't what I was hoping for.
This reading was taken from a workshop (though she is the only one who speaks), and I do think that format helped it, as she has down her emphasis and you definitely get the feeling from this that she is speaking directly to people present with her, not to a microphone. Which is very appropriate to the subject matter. I also feel that having the author's voice gives you a more authentic understanding of how she feels about what she is saying on topics, and in some cases this does serve to demonstrate a negative attitude.
Yes, I enjoyed this listen. Due to the general clarity of the writing/reading, I was even able to keep up with what was going on (for the most part- I got a little foggy on the political connections in Glokta's investigations) in between listens that were a few weeks apart.
Hmm, I guess there is not much that I would? At least not in whole. It has some of the tumultuous backstory and on-going moral character struggles you might liken to 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but (as of this first book anyway) is more focused and not quite so epic or expansive. It also contains the physical violence which marks that series, but delivers it in a more clipped manner.
The voices were excellent, particularly that of Glokta. It really imparted a tremendous amounts to the characters and engaged my interest, as well as granting subtlety to their tones.
I actually didn't emotionally resonate with the characters that much; that I guess would be one of my main hold outs with this story. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I didn't really feel /with/ them a ton. I guess Logan was the closest I could somewhat connect with, because he 'shares' the most intimately in his internal dialog (at least from what I felt), but not to the degree I have been able to with other characters in other stories.
This is a really solid story, no doubt. I felt like it was just somewhat missing a particular spark which might have engaged me further, but that still lands it at a solid 4-something for me. The writing itself is very good and continually entertaining in a similar vein as Terry Pratchetts- though more weighty in context and not quite so flippant, which is all a matter of taste/appetite. I will be picking up the next in the series at some point in the future, but I'm not in a huge hurry just yet.
While the premise of this series sounds riveting, and I had heard some good things, I actually found myself disappointed, all in all. There are a few neat parts, but somehow it felt fairly uneventful on the whole. And while I thought the narrator did an interesting job with Temeraire's voice, I don't think he lent much to what more active scenes did exist. It was however appropriate to the more Victorian aspects, in that most of the book read like the journal of a good-hearted but somewhat timid gentleman.
Perhaps the series picks up further on, but as for now, this book didn't entertain me enough that I feel motivated to give the others a try any time soon.
Actually, though it pains me to say it, this story might benefit from the editing that a movie translation would give it. At least so far as timing and engagement goes.
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