Strength: I enjoy hearing authors talk about how they write their novels. Stephen King is very informative and interesting as he discusses writing the novel Bag of Bones and audiobooks in general.
Weakness: If you haven't read (or listened) to the novel yet and plan to, there may be spoilers, listener beware! I also have to agree with another reviewer:
YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE THIS INTERVIEW. If you purchased Bag of Bones and have not yet listened to it thoroughly, this interview is at the end of that book.
This is a Harlequin romance novel. It's a cheesy romance novel that is all about the relationship. If you like those kind of books, you'll like this one, it's one of the better ones. If you don't like 'em, don't buy the book or write a review that says it's "all about a normal [yawn] relationship." Yeah, it is. And if you like THOSE kind of books, you'll enjoy this one. She's a normal girl with spunk who meets a dream guy. He also happens to be loaded with cash. She gets knocked up (hence the title) and, like all good Harlequin novel's, the author delivers a happy ending. Pure cheesy romance. I love it!
... this is another entertaining book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The narrator is obviously much older than the character and that is a bit off-putting. Also, the character Lady Emma isn't a bit like any of my in-laws or the hundreds of British citizens I know -- she's more of a bad stereo-type. But that doesn't take away from the super entertaining story.
AN OPEN HEART is based on the Dalai Lama's 1999 US lectures and is accessible and grounded. The Dalai Lama looks at how to live ethically and with compassion in an often chaotic and negative world. The Dalai Lama's insight, wisdom, and guidelines for 'centered' living and meditation make this interesting, especially as I am not a Buddhist myself. It's perfect for bedside listening as it tends to be a bit dry and the narration is rather monotone as well. However, it makes a nice way to drift off to sleep.
This interview was interesting. I found the interviewer to be both skilled and personable, which often makes all the difference in an interview. Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) is just as interesting as you would imagine. However, it sounds as if he is phoning into this interview and the sound quality reflects this; still worth your time.
This interview was thoroughly interesting. I found Anna Quindlen to be both intelligent and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, and have decided to get the book by Anna Quindlen "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" because of it. At only 16 minutes, you can't go wrong.
This interview is a bit dated, as the participants sometimes discuss coming events that have now already passed. However, the interview gives you a good feel for the style of David Maraniss and some interesting information about Al Gore. Not bad for the price. :-)
Stephen King goes gothic. It is also, as far as I know, the first time this author has attempted to write a romance. Of course, don't expect anything close to Harlequin. For one, it's about a million times longer. King tends to go on a bit when he doesn't need to. However, if you are a King fan you probably won't be too disappointed.
Recording: I found the best part of this book, by far, was the recording. King reads this himself, which means he knows exactly what it should sound like. He has also used music to enhance several areas of the novel.
Weakness: This isn't an edge of your seat book. It starts slow and never takes on a breakneck pace.
This is a book for people who enjoy a slow-paced ghost story that takes advantage of a remote and spooky environment.
I'm not a big Goldie Hawn fan, but this book was surprisingly good. Ms. Hawn's honesty with herself and her readers is refreshing. I was also surprised about the spiritual aspects of the book.
Strength: Ms. Hawn has a great capacity for love and thankfulness for the people in her life. I found it heartwarming.
Weakness: Ms. Hawn does not follow chronological order, leaving me a bit confused a few times. However this may be due to the fact that this is an abridged version of her book.
Recording: Ms. Hawn narrates this book herself, giving the recording an intimate feeling.
The Book: Dickens is a master with prose. If you have a love of classic literature you will not be disappointed. If you are new to Dickens, you may find his verbose style overwhelming. He tends to use 15 words when he could use 2, but brilliant words they all are. When you find yourself getting lost in yet another long narrative, just sit back and relax, let the fabulous language wash over you.
The Recording: Brilliant! Frank Muller is fabulous.
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