wow....This book left me a bit conflicted. Be forwarned, this is the most violent and explicit book I have ever heard/read. It is a veritable autoposy dictation exercise at points. I think that part is so graphic, detailed, and so often repeated that it obscures the book, the message on the superficiality of life, or at least life in the late 80s.
It isn't that I can't "take" the violence or the sex, which often run together, its that I didn't want to, and it was so over the top horrific, leaving less than nothing to the imagination. Perhaps the violence would be sufficent in a short story format, but being pummelled over and over with it in the novel format, not to mention the fact that you just CANNOT allow someone in the next car over at a stoplight to hear much of this novel, turned me off. The violence was so horrifying, it was just too much. There were so many parts I cringed at, I had to start skipping the murder scenes, after about the 3/4 mark, just to get through the book.
Not what I had hoped. This is a romance novel. Might appeal to those weaned on the Twighlight series or the like, but nothing here of note. Was a grind to get through.
I couldn't get over the ridiculous concept of a formal profession and university, secretly studying angels. Where would this profession derive income? Who would fund scholarships? Why go there? Why not just make the study of Angels a facet of catholic mysticism? It just added fluff to the story. The story DRAGGED, and DRAGGED, I am over half way, and I don't think I can go back to this. This book was the first audiobook overcome by my Platinum subscription!
While the story is interesting and compelling, the fact that this book seems to retell the same general story dozens of time becomes tedious. The focus is on nearly one industry, advertising, with almost nothing on the technical advances that made Google. If this book were half the length it would be much better. Perhaps the abridged version is better. The author repeats the same theme dozens of times, how Google upsets the advertising and entertainment content industry. After about the 10th similar passage on that fact it gets OLD. Its seemed that about 25% of this book is what I was looking for, the story of how the company was built, and its victories and challenges.
I found the reader used odd voice inflection. Play the preview, and be aware of the length. For some reason the reader seemed a mismatch to the book and its story. It becomes confusing because there are SO many similar recounts of interviews, and the reader uses the same speach patter for all. r.
Would be much better at half the length, and is too much a story of the advertising world.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Fool, Lamb, or Dirty Job. It's a lot of fun, but not as complete as the others. The narration is good, and it is still a fun take on the standard Vampire story. Moore has never let me down, and this book doesn't, but I put it a notch below his better work.
Again, I find myself thoroughly enjoying a Christopher Moore book. Funny, witty, and well read. A great choice, especially for fans of Shakespeare. I am tempted to buy for my 14 year old, who will soon be struggling through Shakespeare. Great stuff!
Not what I had hoped. Characters are 2D, plot is silly, and all of the characters were annoying. Dialog was basic, and for some characters only single words. Unless this author is your favorite, don't make the choice. Sorry
The book is a fountain of great science and information on why we, as a country are fat, and getting fatter. It is not too hard to follow, and based on what (to a layman) seems like solid analysis of real scientific research. It is long, and goes on for many chapters, somewhat hitting you again and again with facts that are by the mid point, understood. The shortfall is that there is very little provided to cope with the problems the book presents. Perhaps there will be a follow on book, or perhaps others will provide solutions and coping techniques based on the research in Dr. Kesslers book. Overall though I HIGHLY recommend for anyone who has struggled, or struggles with weight, poor diet habits, or both.
I loved the first 3/4th. I enjoyed the colonial British combat action, the story of the camp life, and the recounts of safari with Roosevelt, and the Duchess. I didn't enjoy the love story and its associated ending, maybe because hearing the male narrator as the female lead was just so grating. All I could think of was Robin Williams as Ms. Doubtfire. It was painful, and I just wanted it to end. Not sure why in this case a male reader was so jarring, when in other books it hasn't been, but in this case I felt like the book went took a turn from a safari adventure, that I enjoyed more than the ride on Disney Safari River cruise when I was 8 years old, to a love story between an English gent and a cross dresser. Too hard to get over.
Bourdain is fun to listen to and read. He has a gift for prose, and is just fun to listen to. This is a great read/listen, especially if a fan of his current TV show. It is the R rated version, and a lot of fun. His stories are like war stories, and though I know it is silly to compare the preparation of expensive gourmet meals to jungle combat, it reads the same. He is brutally honest, offers insights into the restaurant business and the life of its army of workers.
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