When I started this audiobook, I didn't have very much knowledge about autism. This book gave me a clear idea of what it's like to have autism and debunks common misconceptions about it. She also relates her experience to that of people without autism. If you're trying to gain a greater understanding of this topic, I highly recommend this audiobook.
"The Violinists Thumb" was awesome. I ended up having to take notes because it was so thought provoking. This book isn't a light read. If you have no foundation of dna and genes this might not be a great first. The narrator was tolerable and well suited for this type of book.
I loved this book. I could relate to his inner monologue and found myself laughing many times throughout the book. I read a few negative reviews and I can see how one might take issue with the following aspects: the narrator, focus on death, and as one reviewer called it, "breathless, non-stop chatter." First, I can understand how one might dislike Dion Graham, he is certainly over the top at times. Personally, I like his narration in this book, I thought he suited the material. In reference to the focus on death, it's completely relevant to the story line. Finally, the "non-stop chatter" could get annoying if you're not into that style. Personally, I tend to have the same attention deficit disorder type thought process so it worked for me. I thought it was well written and engaging, I highly recommend this book.
Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.
This book delves into the world of hoarding. It portrays a clear picture of hoarders and their thought processes but stops short of finding resolve for such an issue. The narrator was well spoken but really whiny at times. I definitely found this interesting but I was hoping for a little bit more.
I thought I would like this book since I consider myself an introvert but it left much to be desired. Although I felt like many of her points were accurate, she also made gross generalizations about extroverts and introverts. These types of comparisons are too black and white to be able to apply to real people.
Although the stories were unique and interesting, I found this audiobook tedious. On many occasions I was left thinking, "Get to the point already." I would have been a little happier with it had he gone a more scientific route when sharing the stories.
This audiobook was extremely interesting. I've always been a person who believed in animal intelligence so it was a good choice for me. There are a lot of references to autism and how it relates to animals, so if this a difficult concept for you to understand, this may not be a great choice. Also, I listened to, "Thinking in Pictures, " so I found that some of the information overlapped and became repetitive. Otherwise, I feel as though I walked away knowing a ton of information about animal behavior that I didn't previously know. I also found that some of the examples used were somewhat comical. Finally, the narrator, Shelly Frasier was well spoken and easy for me to listen to.
This book was an interesting scientific look into the mental and (some) physical benefits of exercise. From the point of view of an active person, this book provided me with new information and elaborated on many things I already knew. Dr. John Ratey gives logical encouraging words throughout the book without turning the book into something written by a motivational speaker. The narrator was well spoken and didn't have anything annoying about his voice. (Which as you know, can easily ruin a good book) Altogether, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in fitness or someone who may need a little scientific reasoning and encouragement to get moving.
I chose this book because I enjoyed Robert D. Hare's "Without Conscience." I thought that it may have expanded on his previous book, but it failed to go far beyond what I had already learned. It was extremely repetitive and became monotonous after a while. The anecdotal stories could have made it more interesting, had he gotten to the point before the end of the book. Because of this, the conclusion was flimsy and made it feel like the book was halted to an end. If you haven't read any other books about psychopaths this book may be more enjoyable to you. The narrator was well spoken, however, the different voices he used to create better dialogue ended up being somewhat hokey. His raspy voice ended up sounding like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. I wouldn't recommend this book, there are plenty of better books out there on this topic.
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