I found this version of "A Christmas Carol" to be very well done. The reader breaths life into the sometimes meandering prose of Dickens. Also, I found that this well-done classic really helped me get into the Christmas spirit this season. My small children did find it a bit difficult to listen to in the car. But that is more the fault of Dicken's writing style than the reader's. I have recommended this version to all my friends for next Christmas!
I'm surprised there are not support groups for people to cope with the horrible ending to this fascinating series. I can only assume that either the author suffered a psychological break just prior to writing the end, or he rushed the ending just to be done with the thing. Don't get me wrong, the writing (and reading) was excellent. The ending... oh my. The author closes up shop on this series by simmering everyone in a large vat of their own weaknesses. There is little to no closure. He inspires me to write, and I don't mean that as a compliment. If you ignore this review and decide to listen anyway, rush out and get anything written by Brandon Sanderson or Richard Morgan immediately after the "end" of this book. It will be chicken soup for the fantasy-genre soul. Say one thing for me, say I'll never read Abercrombie again.
This book represents the authors' attempts to stereotype Mothers and Fathers into convenient little buckets, while largely ignoring both sociology and pyschology. Their point of reference lies, as I'm sure it always has, strictly within themselves. Their classification of males is misguided at best, and their taxonomy of mothers and school-age girls is sophomoric and nearly mean-spirited. They have a clear bias for us to be passive with educators. If you consider yourself a "Queen Bee who thinks she needs to lighten up" then I'm sure you're the intended audience. All others should avoid this book.
Phrases are read once and only once. Phrases consisting of more than five syllables are very difficult to pick apart. The Korean phrase for "What is your name?" would be very handy, but I'm still not able to discern what the speaker is saying. I think this would be a nice refresher to someone whose Korean had not been practiced in a while. Other than that, avoid this title.
I should have listened to the other review. The exercises, while valuable, are not easy to do in the car.
I had this title on tapes and found it very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to study or learn written material for work or school. Unfortunately, they can only lay out the blueprint for HOW to read, but can't make you do it! Most of what you would learn is available in the pamplet (see link below title for free download). But I would still recommend getting the audiobook to flesh the points out and for the repetition learning you get from audiobooks. In my opinion, these techniques work best for non-fiction. Get the book to learn why....
The content is generally very good, but the format is "question and answer." This book reads like a FAQ (read aloud), rather than a systematic development of wealth-building strategies. The print version would be easier to navigate, in that one could go directly to the subject of interest and see if their question was already asked/answered by Orman. If not, you're out of luck! Even the print version would only serve most readers as a look-up reference, rather than a "study cover-to-cover" type of financial book. If anyone else had written this book, one star would have been generous. However, Orman's insights are valuable, if not mainstream.
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