i might reluctantly try another, however only after many many consistently elated reviews
On balance, this book is positive, light and even plainly silly. In all, these three hours go by well, fast! So that's why I give 5 stars for performance. Ellen maintains the momentum well. She is an engaging speaker.
perhaps the title says it all, seriously i'm kidding - that is that there were some funny moments more towards the beginning. The middle just seemed downright page filler. In the absence of more hilariousness, the redeeming factor might have been some somewhat more serious insight into her life and her thoughts and feelings etc. This was my first book by Ellen so I really knew nothing about her before today. I now know that she is neat, punctual, hard working, persistent, affable, did not go to college, thick skinned, positive, good, kind, honest, does not cook, does not clean, loves her wife etc. I didn't get much sense of depth. Sometimes I thought she was going to say something meaningful but I couldn't be sure whether she was serious or not?!! In the middle of the book she really lets you into her stream of thought consciousness. Although I don't know that I'd call it a stream. It is a whirlwind of anecdotal thoughts organized into brief chapters. Average chapter length might be 2-3 minutes. Some 'chapters' are 1-2 sentences. And, then it's over and I'm just like, huh. I like Ellen a lot from what I've seen. She is very positive and more than a bit silly and I wish her well with her show and as an author and modeling etc.
I never much liked seinfeld or family guy or simpsons... maybe you should just wait for more reviews to decide, if you are on the fence. since I don't watch her show, if you do and you love it maybe then you will also appreciate this book. It just wasn't so great for me.
This was excellent. I was very engaged throughout and even though it's a shorter one, at least we don't get bogged down in any rambling. The final twist at the end came as a surprise. There is plenty of action. The narrator is great, just not my favorite.
Slow going, still trying to finish it after many months. I occasionally come back to to it in between books.
Not much of a plot, characters are likeable and I appreciated the author's sense of humor.
This book I've heard said is a classic of its genre which I would say is crime/ mystery. It is set in England in the 1900s, at a time when women had not yet gained the right to vote and marriages especially among the rich and titled were arranged. I say this because it is a common thread throughout the story sometimes I found this theme a bit overdone, whereby the stereotypes were pushed a bit too far. Did she really say/ do that?!
The beginning of this edition starts out with very lengthy preamble that goes on for about an hour. When I figured this out on my 3rd attempt to listen to this book, I skipped it and finally managed to get into it. The narration of the story is told by many different characters, including the servants though the two main ones are the Walter the drawing master, Ms Holcolm and towards the end Count Fosco. I won't say more regarding the plot to avoid writing a spoiler.
Just know that after all that preamble the beginning narration by Walter the drawing master is also quite slow... Be patient! The story does pick up and becomes very interesting and I was very curious to know what would come next. Then towards the end I lost interest a bit again. On balance it was a good story with strong character development, intrigue and solid performances by some of the best narrators (I like John Lee).
I am impressed that Dr Perlmutter is a medical doctor who appreciates and is erudite in matters of nutrition. He is a member of several nutrition associations. His book is very pithy and offers actionable protocols. The main thrust is about blood sugar levels as a result of eating gluten, sugars and carbs. I am interested in health and nutrition, tolerate gluten fine and am able to eat whatever I want and stay thin. However, after reading this book and out of respect for Dr Perlmutter's body of work and experiences that he relates, I have decided to have as little gluten in my diet as possible. I don't eat much sugar or carbs to begin with however, I am not buying gluten free bread, crackers etc. It has been an easy transition. I've also cut back on fruit and fruit juice dramatically, preferring vegetables. I try to have about 1 serving of fruit each day. I am also adjusting my supplements according to his recommendations. I am going to add turmeric and resveratrol. Dr Perlmutter explains why statins are not good for you, the link between gluten and some brain diseases and why patients on a low-fat diet are at especially high risk. I found this to be a very interesting and compelling read.
Between Harry Bosch Books 4-6, which I listened to in succession these books just keep getting better. I'm really enjoying this series. The plots are well thought out and full of surprises, well-paced and suspenseful. I really enjoy hanging out with Harry Bosch.
It's a great listen, starting to really enjoy hanging out with Harry Bosch. There is plenty of suspense, twists and turns and surprises. It's totally entertaining criminal thriller. Michael Connelly is among the best authors of this genre, right up there with Lee Child. Though I'm going to say that Lee Child just does such an amazing job with the Reacher character - Reacher's little idiosynchrasies, turns of phrase and that he's a pretty likeable character. Harry Bosch is not as well portrayed and he's a little more cynical, I think a little older too -- however I am loving this series.
I had run out of Reacher books. I had had high hopes for John Sandford, though after two books I decided to try something else. Reluctantly, I came back to Michael Connelly - I had tried first The Black Echo (Harry Bosch Book 1) which was very good, though not engrossing enough to get Book 2 subsequently The Fifth Witness which I had almost forgotten having listened to. At any rate, I chose this one, skipping Books 2 and 3 in the Harry Bosch series because it had 4.5 stars. I figured that this would be an example of Michael Connelly at his best. While reading The Last Coyote, I started to like and became interested Harry Bosch's character. Now I'm on Angels Flight, Book 6 and it is the best so far -- they just keep getting better.
Considered within the context of criminal thrillers, this first listen of Nora Roberts didn't stack up. It may have seemed too simplistic, it may have been that I didn't get into the characters, perhaps it was the way the narrator read the male voices - I only found this book average. Speaking of Eve, the main character she's sort of damaged goods, emotionally - which I find off-putting as the heroine. It is an easy listen though and I might perhaps possibly try another title from the J.D. Robb series, however not soon.
I enjoyed this book almost about the same as book 1, very entertaining. However, I only gave four stars because I decided to wait before going on with the series.
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