Love the characters. Love the dialog. Love the story. Very funny and clever in an english dry wit sort of way. The jokes and funny bits fly by so fast that sometimes they are easy to miss. I would frequently rewind to catch a subtle funny part. Reminds me of dialog in a Quentin Tarantino movie or Monty Python.
None of this would work well with the wrong sort of narrator. No worries, Briggs is as good as it gets. His spectrum of accents and voices are off the charts. The Audible versions are better than reading because of this.
I only made it partway through this before returning it. I didn't care for the narrator's style. It is delivered like a self help infomercial. The material was so-so. Most rather obvious as in "be soft on the person but hard on the issue". Most people with any amount of life experience intuitively know these things. I was hoping for more specific tactics and situations. Maybe that was to come but I couldn't take the cheesey sales pitch delivery any more.
The only problem I have with this is that it is not a full book but just a short story.
Come on Michael Sullivan, write some more books for this series. We demand it!
Another great discworld novel. Death gets fired and interesting things happen as only Pratchett can describe.
I like Pratchett a lot better than Gaiman as a writer but together they are a fantastic. This was very entertaining from start to finish and the narration was outstanding. If you are a fan of either writer you will undoubtedly enjoy this combined effort.
Pratchett is one of my favorite writers. This is another masterpiece.
If new to Pratchett do not start with this one. Read Guards! Guards! first. You will not regret it.
Pratchett is a genius. You really have to concentrate when listening to get all the satire, comedy bits, and witticisms. There is so much packed in there it can whiz right by you.
Small Gods is a stand alone book in the series and would be a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into the expansive discworld series.
Nigel Planer does a masterful narration as always. The variety of colorful british character accents makes this better in audiobook format than written.
This is the little known story of the gold medal 8 man crew team which won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (not a spoiler as this is revealed in the opening chapter of the book)
The best aspect of this book is the amazing self made story of Joe Rance, Losing his mother at a young age and left all alone to fend for himself at age 15 he somehow stayed in school, survived on his own and put himself through the University of Washington without any outside help while working, rowing crew and excelling as an Engineering major. Remarkable!! What an amazing and inspirational person!
There are only so many ways to describe a crew race. To those who ever rowed crew this is probably fascinating stuff but most people probably won't really appreciate it so much. There is a great deal of waxing poetic on the grace and beauty of the perfect crew stroke and rowing. A little over the top for me, and there is a lot of it.
Overall pretty good. The narrator does a good job.
Most of the information in this book is either old or obvious. Nothing very interesting here. Basketball players are tall, sprinters have a lot of fast twitch muscle, marathoners slow twitch ...etc..etc. Sport success is a combination of genes and experience. All rather obvious and not very interesting to anyone who knows a little bit about sport science.
To many uninteresting longwinded descriptions of people and places. My mind would wander.
I found the narrator (also the author) to be very annoying. His reading of quotes are especially nail grating with overly theatrical accents and expressions.
I could barely finish this book. Considered returning it, but I got it on deal for $4.95 so I stuck it out to the end. I should have returned it.
Learn why a whole food plant based diet is the optimal diet for health and how it can stop and even reverse nearly all the leading causes of sickness and death. Learn how to implement such a diet and what changes and benefits you can expect.
This is one of those books EVERYONE should read.
Outstanding. Highly recommended.
Another great book on the myriad benefits of a whole foods plant based diet. I really wish this message would get out there more. The world would be a far better place. People would be dramatically healthier. The environment would substantially improve. And many millions of sentient intelligent animals would not spend their entire short lives in tortured misery.
Outstanding book. Highly recommended.
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