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Carol

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  • Winter Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (36)

    Facing his 63rd winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations - both pleasurable and painful. Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, in which he wrote so movingly about fatherhood, Auster gives us a second unconventional memoir in which he writes about his mother's life and death. Winter Journal is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, by one of our most intellectually elegant writers.

    Diane says: "Memorable"
    "A Moving Memoir"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter Journal the most enjoyable?

    The simple honesty of the writing, even when the subject is difficult, made Winter Journal most enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Winter Journal to and why?

    Perhaps some of the memoir writings of Joyce Carol Oates might compare. But Paul Auster's point of view is very decidely masculine.


    What about Paul Auster’s performance did you like?

    I like an author to read his own writing if the author has any talent for reading at all. He knows the material best, and there is little or no hesitancy about the performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt extremely sympathetic toward Auster's mother, and how courageous she was in her declining years. I think Paul Auster himself will not fair as well if he should live as long as his mother. I hope he has learned from her how to take his physical losses with some insight, and courage. I think men don't know how to disentagle who they are from their physical bodies, and so aging is harder for them. Women seem to be able to rely on an inner core of faith and optimism. Much of Auster's memory is sad, as he observes the decline of his physical strength, sexual prowess and power. I wanted him to reach more into the spiritual realm for some inspiration.


    Any additional comments?

    A very brave and passionate accounting of what was important in his life, nonetheless. He isn't afraid to say what he means, and to enter subjects that do not reveal him in a particularly positive light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George K. Simon
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Must Read Primer on Manipulation"
    "Repetitive, lack-lustre"
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    What did you like best about In Sheep's Clothing? What did you like least?

    The topic is interesting. There seem to be more people with small or no conscience about, and it is useful to know how to spot them and avoid them. I didn't think the topic was developed to enough depth. Instead of elaborating on some of the case studies, the author kept bringing up new ones, and dealing with the surface details to reinforce the same ideas.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George K. Simon again?

    Probably wouldn't listen again.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Clear narration, but not very lively. Performance was monotonous.


    Could you see In Sheep's Clothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that such a good topic should be given such short shrift.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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