I have really enjoyed all of Philippa Gregory's books in the Tudor series and leading up to this book but this one was disappointing from the beginning. I had a hard time figuring out who was who and getting back into the storyline with this book.
One of the narrators, I believe the one for Mary, was ok, but the male narrator was obnoxious to the point of having to turn the book off!
I couldn't even finish the book so I couldn't tell you.
Absolutely! There is a huge difference between learning about autism from the perspective of researchers and from the point of view of a person actually on the spectrum. Temple Grandin provides insight that makes the diagnosis understandable and more human. She not only has experienced autism herself but she is so interested in the anatomy, the most recent developments, and how the diagnosis varies from one person to another. Her passion alone makes the book interesting.
It's a good balance between the latest research and technical information regarding autism as well as explanation of how the research and understanding relates to her personal experience and experiences of others she has met with autism.
Not really. I got bored with the story and wasn't impressed with the narrator.
I just don't think I'm a fan of his writing style
I was constantly being shocked by how awful all of the Boleyns were! They are all crazy, some absolutely hateful, but can't seem to stay away from each other!
Mary Boleyn. She comes across as such a victim who doesn't belong in the mix of all of these other despicable people, but she has her dark sides as well.
Not sure, but I do like her as the narrator for this one. Fun accent
I knew Henry VIII was mad, but apparently everyone was!
I had never been very interested in this time period but the author's use of her factual knowledge as well as fiction to fill in the gaps that you learn a lot while enjoying a story with characters you could relate to.
The historical accuracy.
Elizabeth Woodville, despite the controversy that surrounded her at the time, becomes very endearing and you can't help but root for her.
Once you start this book, it's impossible not to race through all of Phillipa Gregory's books!
This is a favorite of all the books in my audible library! Top 5 for sure
I had previously read The Chaperone which touched on the orphan trains that were utilized in the early 20th century and this book gave even more insight into the effects this had on the children and families involved. Apparently public services have always struggled to do right by those children who need a loving home!
The old woman. She went through so much and had to fight all of her young life but never became bitter or cynical.
Definitely the old woman! Her history, her perspective, and her experiences would be amazing to hear, as well as what she learned from all of them.
Despite how stressful the author's position is and how easy it is to burn out in his field, he still cares deeply for his patients and it shows in how he speaks about his career.
His description of a homeless man trying to be polite in turning down an inpatient treatment program for alcoholism. He is perceptive in reading the man's cues and doesn't become frustrated when the patient refuses treatment.
I expected this book to be more about the cases he worked on and the overall experience. Instead, he writes about how his career developed and various roles he played. There is some information about the actual work he did, but it just wasn't very interesting.
Not necessarily, I'll just be more cautious in reading the summaries before purchasing.
As an occupational therapist, the book gave me a look into the experience of a stroke that most patients can not provide as they are experiencing or initially recovering. The fact that she not only had the background but paid attention throughout her experience and managed to write it all down is mind blowing. Considering that her primary areas of difficulty were language and more complex thought, she is an inspiration.
I Am the Central Park Jogger - about a woman who survives a brutal attack and documents her rehabilitation. Again, getting perspective on recovery and survival is not only interesting to follow but a learning opportunity.
The fact that she read it herself after experiencing such a significant brain bleed never ceased to amaze me. But she also can go into minute detail of the functions of the brain and how this all comes together and plays out in functional ability....She made me able to further understand all of the processes and anatomy on such a deeper level than before. And after a stroke!
As someone with anxiety, I was hoping for some good insight into dealing with anxiety and how other people have faced theirs but the author is too close to the topic. His descriptions of his anxiety seem forced. His mother was a therapist so it's almost like he was forced into feeling as if there must be something wrong with him. He had too much access to information regarding various mental illness and he uses that to try to take his quirks too a level beyond to write a book. Almost sounds like he just wants attention.
Not sure but I hope it will be better than this!
Read a better book
The author. He really just came across as a narcissist who wanted attention for having anxiety, but his anxiety did not come across as real
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