This book is a tremendous effort to express the complicated grief process that one person went through after the sudden death of their spouse. It is touching, sometimes distressing, and sometimes confusing, much like the grief process itself.
I felt compelled to write a review since so many reviews here seem to criticism Ms. Didion for not grieving in the correct way or not expressing her grief in the right way. This is a memoir. It is about her life and her experienes. It doesn't follow any rules and I believe that is the point. She is letting you experience her grief experience. She's not talking about everyone's grief experience or how you should grieve.
Overall it was a very interesting and insightful read. If you don't enjoy memiors, however, you might not enjoy the style. But this is an excellent book.
If you are purchasing this to have a good Connelly read, you might think again. This is much slower and dryer than his novels and there is less to keep one engaged as a listener.
Though some of the stories are interesting, especially ones that have more than one article, overall it just doesn't work. The writing is, of course, very good but collecting what is meant to be read in a newspaper somehow just didn't work as a book.
I do not often read history but my husband told me I should check this out. It was a great read. It's engaging and entertaining both for its historical information and also as a story. You feel as though you are tumbling down the river with everyone just wondering what is around the next bend.
I believe, like many other reviewers here, that Bill Clinton is capable of writing a more engaging and insightful book that this one. It is very fact- and time-based but rarely offers the deep personal reflection on events that one hopes for in an autobiography. That said, however, it was interesting to hear all the details about Clinton's career and family in his own words and I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about his life.
A large number of reviewers and people seem to have reduced Clinton's presidency to the Lewinsky affair and wish he would have spent more time on it. I, for one, was delighted that he discussed it in limited detail and tried to keep it a personal matter between him and his family. Don't look here for salacious details and hysterical rants about the affair. For that go to the Starr report or Lewinsky's own book.
This is not really a book but a series of loosely connected anecdotes. They generally start something like this - On June 13, 1961 while Bob Smith was walking down the street he encounter a large bat-like creature.
The problems with this book are not related to the subject matter but how it is presented. Lots of random sightings that aren't linked together into any kind of narrative and are not supported by much fact.
I am very interested in this topic but this book was completely unengaging.
I was disappointed with this book, especially after the rave reviews I read here.
First, it is difficult to follow because the story changes viewpoint character (sometimes from scene to scene) and also changes point of view. It is mostly told in third-person but jumps to first-person for little asides by the two main characters. These feel almost amateurish, as if the author didn't know how to work them into the story. Another problem is that the author choose two nicknames for two different characters that sound and read similarly, Matty and Mandy.
Second, the story itself lacks focus. There are large sections of story that don't have much to do with anything. One character is off thinking something or doing something but it doesn't have any effect on anyone else nor does it impact the plot.
Third, though the "suspense" of the story isn't revealed until the ending it did not seem strong enough to this reader to carry the whole book.
Also, this reader had problems with some of the actions of the main characters. They didn't seem to make sense and were never adequately explained.
Overall this book was probably worth listening to but was not as good as the reviews here would lead one to expect.
This is a fabulously funny tale of the author's unbelievably wacky up-bringing. Wild beyond belief at times but anyone who has been unfortunate to have met the type of shrink that his family ran into can relate. Some of the lower ratings numbers probably come from the fact that the author openly discusses his own homosexuality and describes some male/male sex scenes.
I picked out this book without knowing anything about it. It was one of the top books I've experienced with Audible. Completely engaging from start to finish. Never dull. Rich, lush, and unique.
A truly surprising tale that on the surface appears to tell one story but really is telling another. The kind of book you could read more than once and kept finding new things to be amazed by. Not for readers without imagination and vision.
This collection of essays keeps you laughing. The main purpose seems to be humor, but the essays also offer insight into some serious topics. Overall a good listen. My only complaint would be that I wanted more.
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