I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of it was good while other parts not so much.
I liked the sections of the book where Penn talks religion and atheism. Humor is a great means of communication and he uses it to effectively examine the many hypocrisies and fallacies of religious belief. He is not afraid to lay it all out there in his unique irreverent way. Those who are very religious will likely be offended by these passages but then they are unlikely to be reading this in the first place.
I also enjoyed some of the insight into his performances but there should have been more of this with some secrets revealed. I know he can't give away his whole act but a few juicy tidbits of revealed magic would have been nice.
Now the bad. To much rambling steam of consciousness stuff about uninteresting events. Why is it parents who have kids late in life feel the need to wax on and on about them? Nobody cares. It may be fascinating to you but it is boring to everybody else.
Too much about what music Penn is into. Again, interesting to him but nobody else. We want to know more about what makes Penn unique, not his love of Bob Dylan and NRBQ.
He is a little too into his own genitalia. Everybody has those parts. Again, not interesting.
I could have easily fast forwarded half of this book and it would have been a lot better.
I only paid $5 for it. Would not have been worth more.
Sorry Penn. Still like you though.
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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