FORT WAYNE, IN, United States | Member Since 2010
Really enjoying the Whodunnit series so far. Especially it combined with the TV show. This book keeps with the solid history of the two for a good mystery with solid characters brought together by Gildart Jackson's excellent performance.
Lets begin with Gildart Jackson. His performance, in book and TV form, really brings the story together. He is the central figure in the world and seems to have moved from third party to active participant as he is realizing his bad luck is inescapable. He never relishes in his role as primary puppet but he does work towards cutting the strings and making it his own. A bit like Watson telling the story for Sherlock.
Beyond that, the story he is given has pretty good characters and puzzles to solve. There are two minor week points in this story that isn't necessarily negative but does prevent a 5 star rating.
First, the killer unlike the first book and TV show, was a little more obvious I found. Even though I found myself not really thinking about the killer through most of the book, he or she was easier to pick out. The person with the highest chance of winning quickly became obvious too which was also disappointing even though it did create a desire to pull for an underdog(s) and keep reading hoping my underdog was part of a twist.
Second, the rule breaking. Part of what holds the series together previously is the following of the rules and consequences. While the story has nice twists but when the game is afoot, the game should be played. It felt this story, partially by its location, was a little too free with the rules by the end even though the beginning starts strong. Part of that falls on the fault of the killers overreaction/lack of patiences.
Yet these are minor gripes in the overall story which is easy to be lost in especially for the people who like solving the puzzles along with the characters. The world feels alive and characters feel real. The idea of business retreat with characters familiar yet not was actually a creative setup. It is the most familiar yet unfamiliar environment working in a large corporate environment and opened up some fun scenarios and instant teams that the first book and TV show had to flush out.
Overall, this book was a fun murder mystery. Outside of my few little plot points, you will find every mystery a chance to figure out howdoneit and you will enjoy the same guessing game as the previous novel and TV show.
Jen, I love you! And not in the stalkerish, crazy sort of way. But I love you because you basically said in comedic and simple way what you (the person reading this review) need to hear. You are a person who needs to love yourself (that might have been repeated a few times ;-) and you are, in fact, a badass. But you are your version of badass and that is where the book becomes special.
It would be shocking to walk away from this book not ready to change your life. One practical tip alone has already started to help mine. The "10 things I am happy for" list at the end of each day. That is one of many small things that turn into big things Jen writes and speaks so well about in order to change your life. And she makes sure all tips are applicable to your goal. King of the world, stay at home parent (are those two sometimes the same?), world traveler, business owner, world class ping pong champion, or whatever you put your mind to. Her book will put you in a frame of mind to love yourself (I've heard that before...) and get there.
So if you want to love yourself (because you deserve it) and move to the next level of _________________ (fill in the part of the next level yourself because you love yourself) then READ THIS BOOK! If you don't, then READ THIS BOOK! It just might help you achieve your maximum ability in either direction.
The book is a simple, straight forward look on where humans have viewed other animals historically, proof to point to not support and support the view, and how as a whole, animals feel. This will be a "well duh" but beautiful book for animal lovers. This may or may not challenge your view if you view humans as "top of the food chain" or to have "dominion over all animals". But it worth the quick read and shows real thought to subject.
Stop and learn W.I.N. by reading this book. It is an excellent and practical guide to focusing on the essence and importance of life. It might take a few reads on your journey to help you the most; however, it can help all aspects of your life if you are ready. Highly recommended!
Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors so mystery holds a special place in my heart. When I read fiction, it is one of my favorite genres. Needless to say, even though the TV show has been decent, wasn't sure it would convert to a novel well. Boy I was wrong.
Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor is a well written mystery that will keep you guessing and the performance is top notch.
The story is similar to the TV show if you have seen it. If you haven't, 10 winners are surprised with a week of fun at a beautiful mansion but what they don't know is murder is afoot. And to make it worst, one of the 10 winners is the one who will kill until someone wins.
This simple twist will keep you guessing. It took me all the way until the next to last murder to guess the killer and even then, the book through cool twists to make you wonder.
The narrator and butler gives a great performance. He talks in first and third person yet it flows naturally. The voice acting is top notch to make out who is who and the chapter design is simple and straight forward.
Couldn't put this book down. In fact, even if the TV show fails, hope this book becomes a series. If you like mysteries or a good performance, this book is right for you.
This book would be an good book for a friend to read as long as they are not conspiracy nuts or are the type to diagnose everyone when they learn of a disease. It teaches you a lot of things to look for to help tell if deception might be present.
Is not a current book I can compare it to.
The narration wasn't the best but not the worst. It is straightforward and informative but not particularly dynamic.
Learned to pay attention more to what people don't say as much as what they do. Plus learning different types of tells for deception and how to ask the right questions for truth.
The book also has some really great information for parents who want to grill their kids.
"The Ethical Slut" is an excellent, well written book to learn about different relationship types outside of monogamy while also respecting monogamy.
If you are looking at this book, you are probably curious about the many topics of relationships. You will find a lot of good tips in this book whether monogamous or considering open, polyamory, or more. This book can actually help enforce a lot of positive communication techniques for yourself and your partner(s). At its center, the book is all about honesty and trust which is the building blocks of every relationship.
The book is also extends the idea of what sex really is. If you think you know, listen to the first half of this book and see if you still define it the same way.
The authors read the book and they do an earnest job. The fact that they switch between the authors to accent parts is nice. Also it helps that they both practice what they are explaining so can provide personal experiences, emotions, and really relate the content.
The book gets a few down sides that keeps it from a 5 star.
The book feels it is geared largely to women and couples even though they try to cover all sexualities and relationship types. Single men can get quite a lot but some examples or exercises are difficult to relate to.
Also the second half of the book drags a little and the dual voice use takes a little bit of a hit that kept it moving so well the first half.
Finally, it can almost be an overload of information. You might need a few listens to get the full use of the book.
Overall, for anyone who ever "what ifed" or want to consider a different type of relationship in an open and honest way, this well written and dense book is for you!
The best part was the simple explanation of branding. It was straight forward for the newbie but enough information for more advanced branders.
Least like the over focus on Christianity instead of keeping it about nonprofits and religion institutions in general.
Used more examples in other nonprofits and religious institutions. Understand his basic beliefs and life focus is Christianity but with more examples, it would have felt more applicable to everyone
Yes if you can get past the constant Christian references. This can sometimes be a turnoff in a book when they over focus on one belief system. This came close but walked a fine line.
The books basic branding and change recommendations can have value for almost anyone.
"The soul of success is surrendering to what is" - Phil Jackson.
This book's soul is a success. Whether you are looking for leadership or a good sports story, you will find in here.
The book chronicles the two time frames in Phil Jackson's life as a couch which has touched multiple generations. Whether you know him from the Bulls/Jordan times or the Lakers/Kobe, you will recognize a time period in your life and remember it. It talks about his leadership principles and management styles on both teams. You get insight into his mind and how he viewed the whole.
If you are looking for a pure "star" story, you won't find it here. It's about the team. While MJ and Kobe are central figures on both teams, you will quickly learn that wasn't what made Phil as successful as a leader, couch, and in life. You will find many stories about personalities, dealing with adversity, and strategy.
You will also find a sports fan dream in getting a glimpse into two of the most historical teams in sports of all time. This is a quiet dream of most that have ever played or been fanatical about the team. It actually answers the fabled and constantly screamed question, "WHY DID HE DO THAT!?" during a big game.
Matt Walton did a great job as a narrator. His speaking is well paced and his tones are enjoyable. He actually seems to blend well with the words and at no point does his narration take you out of Phil's stories.
This book is one of my new favorites and will read it again. Do yourself a favor, feed your soul and pick this up. You won't regret it.
"A Dog's Journey", the squeal to "A Dog's Purpose", is a similar journey with a more direct story line yet lacks some of the charm the previous book had. If you loved this first book, you will enjoy the second.
"A Dog's Journey" is a more linear, straight forward telling of why a puppy may exist in a human's life. The story is similar to last part of the first book and to really enjoy this book, it would be advised to read "A Dog's Purpose" first for the full back story but not required. While the first one reads to be more about the dog's lives, this is more about who the dog loves and the dog taking care of the ones s/he loves.
The story is well written and a bit heart breaking at times. It takes interesting angles with the dogs life travels but, unlike the first book, seems to be more driven by the main human female lead and her best friend then the dog itself. The human female is the center and glue of the book but you find her "messing up" the dog's story to the point of annoyance at times. Yet her story is true to life and shows when the human's life is in chaos, so is the dogs.
You will find several good love and life stories throughout this tale. While on the dog's journey, s/he constantly shows the different types of humans in this world and how things might or might not be as random as they may seem. The over arching love story of dog/human and human/human though will leave an overall positive feeling in the end.
This is a solid read and will be most enjoyable to people who have read the prequel. Would recommend it as a good weekend read.
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