The stories were very entertaining, but the book isn't well written. She recycles punch lines and tongue-in-cheek descriptors way too often for such a short book.
I like memoirs and this book is listed as a memoir. In fact, it was listed in my recommendations right along with a bunch of other memoirs, so I jumped in. After a while, there were too many elements that felt too fake, so I googled Babe Walker to find out she isn't a real person!?!?!
Audible has misled me with this listing & this recommendation. I trudged through the end of the book, I'll give it that... but I didn't enjoy it. When I read fiction, I like to know right up front that it is fiction. I felt duped.
So I returned to the listing to see if I missed where audible says it is fiction or anything to clue people in - but there is nothing here. :/
so here is your warning - BABE WALKER IS NOT A REAL PERSON. She's a character fabricated by 3 authors and the story is ridiculously over the top & far fetched. If you like rich people drama (I won't deny that sometimes I do), save your credit & buy a people magazine.
I loved the story. Interesting social commentary. A bit more sci-fi than I expected, but the 'magical' aspects didn't take away from the main points.
The downer: The music plays OVER the narrator in several spots. This is very annoying, but it's not anything that made me regret buying it.
Overall: a worthy listen.
Hominids fell short a star for me only because the sci-fi elements were overly detailed in some aspects, but lacking in others. It was also a little funny to me that the people who first encountered the Neanderthal came up with the parallel universe theory so quickly.
However, once you get over the leaps and lulls in the technical aspects of the story, Sawyer presents a perfect opportunity for his characters to juxtapose our society with his fictional Neanderthal society. Many ideas about gender and justice are presented in this book that I found very thought provoking.
Overall, this book was a fast, easy listen. I’d highly recommend it as an enlightening read.
A word of warning: There’s a rape scene in the beginning of the book. Much to the chagrin of my American Airlines neighbor, I scowled & white-knuckled my drop-down tray for a full 10 minutes. Now that you know, you might want to reserve that part for home listening.
This book provided an interesting perspective on the modern dynamic of male-female relationships... but... its all about not taking any relationship too seriously while you get a better handle on who you are and what you need. Sage advice for younger people who are still in that phase, but as a 30yr old woman, this book promotes a lifestyle that no longer appeals to me.
To expand on that: It's about taking an A La Carte approach to meeting your relationship needs by acquiring lots of guy friends. Nothing wrong with that when you're young, but it just sounds exhausting to me now :P
It was an interesting read & if I knew a college bound girl who was planning to scour her campus for a husband, this book offers lots of advice for scaling that mentality back a notch (or 5).
However, if you're past the major self discovery phase and are really looking for a good man to partner up with, this book is not for you. For example, the Accessory is a smart, fun guy you take as a "plus 1" to social/work events. This is 1.) unnecessary for a woman comfortable with who she is and 2.) going to scare off a guy that might approach you because he will think you're not available.
The Hot Sex Prospect is fun for a very short while, but no one is above developing a false sense of intimacy over time that will impact your emotional availability to other romantic prospects.
The bits about non-dates and techno-romance are spot on. I also agree with the author that modern women shouldn't concern themselves with out-dated dating standards or old-timey gimmicks.
The guys gaggle holds true as well and offers helpful advice on figuring out where you factor into a guys life.
Overall, it was worth the credit and was an easy, entertaining listen.
Tracy made a lot of good points in the chapters that pertained to me. None of it was earth shattering, but it's all the stuff you suspect might be true when you buy this book. To hear someone else say it is the push I needed to enact change. I found her advice for change very helpful as well.
It was very funny to me that Tracy was right about the title to the last chapter being a huge turn-off, but I gave it a listen & I recommend you do the same. Some of the best advice in the book is in that chapter - and not just for me, I've relayed the advice to many of my girlfriends as well.
If you're reading reviews to determine whether or not to get this book - get it. There's something in it for every single girl... and the chapters that don't pertain to you, will remind you that you don't need as much work as you may have feared ;)
I Loved it!! I laughed out loud in the grocery store... I nearly cried on an elliptical trainer... I had goose bumps through the entire last chapter... I absolutely loved every minute of it :)
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