I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Narrated by the author (always a plus!), this book discloses the ins and outs of the hotel business (really great tips if you're a frequent traveler) in an interesting and entertaining way, and with dashes of philosophy here and there. The author does have a degree in philosophy, after all!
The author, "Tommy" (who also narrates this audiobook). I loved hearing about all the escapades of an accidental hotel employee.
He spoke too fast. There was so much information, but it was presented too fast to process.
There wasn't much "evidence" given to support the title. There were a lot of anecdotal stories, but that's about it.
Who knew Oscars were campaigned for like the presidency? As much money, spin-doctoring, and rhetoric goes into an Oscar campaign as any run for office. I'll never look at the Academy Awards the same way again!
I loved seeing the U.S. through the eyes of a little girl from Iran.
I love Firoozeh's Dad, and how much he loved the U.S. from his times as a college student .
I hope more of my compatriots (Americans) will read this book, and understand that people are not the politics of their country. I'm thankful that Firoozeh's family had a great experience in the U.S. and that people were warm and friendly to them. Not all foreign immigrants have the same experience, and that is a shame.
It turns out disadvantages don't have to be disadvantageous! Mr. Gladwell gives thought provoking case histories of people who've triumphed over great obstacles in life. I've thoroughly enjoyed Gladwell's previous books and this was no exception. I love that he narrates his books himself. He has a pleasing voice.
This is the 3rd book by John Douglas I've read or listened too. Mr. Douglas brings so much heart to his subject of criminal profiling and justice. In this book he focuses on both the prosecution and defense of the convicted, and brings up some very interesting points concerning methods of convicting people based on flawed or outdated "science". This is a great book for anyone interested in law and law enforcement, or the many facets of the debate on the death penalty in America. He also goes into how the media affects investigations and trials. I found it very thought provoking. I only wish Mr. Douglas had narrated it himself as he did for his other audiobooks.
It should be noted by anyone who is interested in this book that the author mentions in the beginning that he was commissioned by the Kennedy family to write this book. That information was not in the description, so I was a bit disappointed to find that out after I had already purchased this book.
Maybe I'm stupid, but when I read the blurb for this book on audible saying "Babe Walker has managed to create one of the most enjoyable, unforgettable memoirs in years." I just believed that it was a memoir (and that it would be enjoyable). It is not. Babe Walker is a completely fabricated, fictional character. I began to suspect such about 2 chapters in, because it's simply not believable.
No matter, I thought, since I enjoy satire. I'll give it a try. I thoroughly enjoyed Leslie Gornstein's book "The A-List Playbook: How to Survive Any Crisis While Remaining Wealthy, Famous, and Most Importantly, Skinny" which is a work of satire along the same lines. It was clever and funny. This book is NOT. I didn't find it funny or enjoyable, and the narration is 6 hours of that completely annoying "vocal fry".
I'm not a tennis fan but I do love a good autobiography. I found Agassi's life story very interesting, and his telling of his story comes from an honest and humble place. Although I definitely wouldn't call it a "tell all". He was very respectful in talking about his relationships with Streisand, and for the most part, Brooke Shields, although his disdain for her is evident. The only thing I didn't like about it was the constant, unending play-by-play of seemingly every tennis game he's ever played. But those parts would probably be interesting to anyone who loves tennis. All in all I found it a good read.
Women should listen!
OK I listened to Dr. Laura on the radio several years ago and initially really liked her until she started becoming high on herself, b*tchy to callers (another radio personality on the same station referred to her as the "Dragon Lady"!), and had her child co-host her show. But at her heart she is straight talking and has a lot of wisdom. I enjoyed some of her other books, so I gave this a listen. I think this book is extremely valuable to all wives, soon-to-be brides, or even hoping-to-be brides!
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