Naturally, this is not an upbeat story. As far as ten years ago, it was mostly Japan that was featured on cover stories of Economist, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, etc. Though all the stories were not about positive topics, Japan still was the center of attention in Asia.
Over the last decade, things changed a lot. Now you can't turn pages in your newspaper without reading something about China.
I wonder how things will turn out to be for China and how that future will affect us. That is why I chose China Road, and I think the author asks basically the same question in his book. There are quite a number of books on modern China and its future. But this one is one of the books you should get.
I count myself as an introvert with some traits typical of extroverts. This uncomfortable coexistence of two (often conflicting) extremes have made me awkward for years to put it mildly.
This book will not give you one perfect solution to your issues whether you're an introvert yourself or an extrovert who's having a hard time dealing with introverts. Still, it gives you some insights. And some comfort, too, if you've been trying quite hard to conform to a dominantly extrovert environment and found it very frustrating.
I'd rather some of extroverts who underestimate all introverts all the time read this book.
Well, I think my review has become quite personal. But I can say for sure that this is a very good book.
I believe there'll be many who may react strongly to this but I think many of classic literature are not as fun to read as some of modern titles. But it is so for me. I can't help thinking this way.
So I tend to be very selective when I choose "classics."
And when it comes to "Around the World in 80 Days," I do recommend it with two thumbs up (four thumbs up if I've had another pair of hands) even if you are bored by old-fashioned language and sometimes slower pace as easily as myself.
I'm amazed at how Jules Verne, a French author, could offer such details so smoothly in the late 19th century.
I wouldn't say further lest this review becomes a spoiler for you. Just get this audiobook and enjoy!
Don't expect to learn a lot about technical aspects of biz school education from this book. But if you are fresh from a business school and have little experience in consulting projects and how consulting firms work, this will be of some help.
Anyway, you can use all the help you can get.
This book gave me a chance to look back at my own consulting projects in the past. Although projects and situations vary, this book is accurate in many ways.
I may be repeating something obvious, but it's critical to know how to deal with your work mates and what to expect from them (and what They expect from you, too, for that matter). Only when you are aware of these, you can effectively use your biz school education on the job. It took some time for me to figure out this. But if you can shorten the time you spend on realizing this, your work life would be somewhat less stressful.
First of all, I want to make it clear that I meant four and a half stars when I gave four. It's just you can't give four and a half here.
This is another one of my favorite mystery series. One of my silly rules about the selection of books is I avoid those where lawyers or cops feature as The main character. This is because I don't want anything serious or too hard-core.
Though this series is about a dog-loving lawyer, he's not your average lawyer. All serious and aggressive. And the fact that the cases always involve dogs helps soften the whole plot.
If you are a cozy mystery reader but a little bit tired of too silly stories and still not want to switch over to hard-core thrillers, I would recommend Rosenfelt.
It's good but I should warn you that if you're looking for something more recent, this book is not for you. As you can see on the copyright page, this book was written more than a decade ago and since then, we have a far wider variety of luxuries. And sometimes you simply wouldn't agree with the author's thinking.
Anyway, I very much enjoyed this title. If you've read Peter's French Lessons or A Year in Provence, you'd like this one, too. It's just that the writing style is a little bit more stuffy than the two books I mentioned. That's maybe because of the subject of this book.
And the narrator's voice and tone, I think, are right here.
I'm just writing this so that you can know what you are getting with this book. So you don't need to hesitate much before purchasing this title.
No offense to Sherlock Holmes fans, but I am not so fond of Doyle's novels. And this is such a short story. So I didn't expect much. But this was delightful for me. I liked the way it ended. No dead bodies and no arrest. Wish real-life criminals were that simple as in this story.
I've been reading her Royal Spyness series. And this one is yet another great work of R. Bowen. I like the characters and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. Unlike some other cozy mystery series where the author drags on and on with no meaningful developments among characters and their personality, relationships among Bowen's characters do evolve.
And I'm always amazed with the narrator's ability to adjust her voice and intonation to depict such a wide variety of people and maintain consistency over time.
I wouldn't say that this is a great story. But I can recommend this for you if you're looking for a comfortable, no-stress listen. The best thing about cozy mysteries is that you can just relax and enjoy some mindless reading or listening in this case.
Cinnamon Roll Murder is my first audiobook purchase among the Hannah Swensen series. I bought books for the rest of the series. As a long-time fan, I enjoyed this audiobook as well. No bloody scenes, no real tension between characters.
And the narrator does her best to bring the most out of this somewhat bland story.
I read this Alice story as a shortened book for children published by Walt Disney. Because as a child my favorite book was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I wanted to read the original story and see what it's like. If that is your reason for getting this title as well, I guess you'll find this original, unabridged version somewhat different from your expectation.
The story is not so simple. I got the impression that Alice's adventures are a little bit meadering. There's no connection between what happens to Alice in the wonderland. Well, you may think that that's the point of this book. Why else it would be called "wonderland?"
Jim Dale's excellent performance is shown in some parts where the narrator has to sing. If a less capable person had done the narration, it would have been really awkward.
If not the story, Jim's great voice acting will be worth listening to this book.
The story is great. And the narration as well.
If you've only watched the film and not read the book, the book version will give you
much more info. Like about Scarlet's father and mother.
Being a 48 hour-long book, this is not an easy one to finish. But it's worth the time (and patience).
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