I have loved this book since I was a kid and read it every year. I never tire of the characters and story. I now have a new way to enjoy it. Mary Beth Hurt was enchanting, especially as Kit.
Island of the Blue Dolphins has the same spellbinding ability to take you into another time and another world and care deeply about the characters.
A timely perspective on the role of gender in our society and the impact it continues to have on women's (and men's) roles in the home and the workforce. I especially liked the tone of the book. Sheryl Sandberg does not shy away from making assertions and backing them up with facts, yet she also does not bludgeon you with endless rhetoric, feminist or otherwise. You feel like you are getting the benefit of her insights, thoughts, and experiences without having to conform to her chosen way of life balance -- just inspired and intrigued to think about your own. I did not agree with every assertion she made, but I respected everything she said and felt that one of her key points was that we are all individuals and need to be proactive and purposeful in how we make that work for ourselves and our future.
I read Joni's book in the 80s when I was a young girl and I never forgot it. Reading it (or hearing it) now in my 40's was the same in the sense that it was gripping and emotional and touched my heart and spirit but it was also wonderful to be able to get so much more out of it now that I am older. I expect to listen to/read this book again in years to come and again get something more and deeper out of it as I grow in life experience and my relationship with God. Joni's ability to tell her story without overdramatizing and with honest telling of her own doubts, fears, and faults is the most impactful way of expressing God's love. I'm sure this is why this story has resonated with so many different people, because it is so forthright and honest and touches the core that is the same in us all in spite of our differences.
Pigeon, as the quirkiest character, is most fun and interesting, although Lindy with her storied past is also one to watch.
No. He was excellent, very versatile and enjoyable, with all the adult voices. The kids' voices, however, were rather nondescript and I missed Emily Janice Card's version of the 4 key kids and Pigeon in particular.
Shaping up to be a terrific series...my kids and I can't wait for the next book!
The action was quick, engaging, and clear, and the narrator did a very good job. Easy to follow the story and to connect to the characters right away which is good for a younger audience.
This was a fun listen for everyone in the family minivan - myself and my 11, 8, and 6 year old kids. Good for both girls or boys, with enough magic (and candy!) to fuel the imagination without getting nonsensical as some stories with magic tend to do. Not a five star classic along the lines of Harry Potter, but a thoroughly enjoyable book and narration.
The insights, frankly and fairly told, were fascinating. Dick Hill did a great job.
This was a unique look into a great American sport that has gone through many changes in the past 3 decades. Jack McCallum gave understanding and depth to the conversation about what makes sports, and those who play them, truly great - verses just talented and famous.
I think this would be enjoyable for anyone to listen to, but if you are a sports fan, and particularly if you are a basketball fan, it's a treasure of information, insight, and validation of the love you feel for the sport. I'm looking forward to listening to it again some time in the near future to enjoy the stories and re-reflect on the ideas.
Although I haven't read the print version, I can't imagine there's anything better than hearing an autobiography from the writer's own voice, especially when the writer happens to be a highly talented actor. Frankly, I had no idea Rob Lowe was this versatile.
Loved when he met Liza Minelli. Insights into "The Outsiders" and "West Wing" were terrific.
I actually scoffed when I saw this book on the store shelves because I really dislike all the celebrity autobiographies basically celebrating their already inflated egos and I associated Rob Lowe with the whole pretty boy image. But after reading reviews, and liking good biographies, I gave it a chance and I was not disappointed. It was a quality book both with entertainment value and philosophical insight. I've started watching "West Wing" on Amazon streaming since I actually did not see the series when it aired on TV - although my husband was a fan and named a daughter after a WW character! Highly recommend this audiobook.
Yes definitely. Laugh out loud funny sometimes and heartbreaking others.
The Asian Invasion bus was hilarious. Spot on accents by narrator. Love the interactions between main characters.
Stellar accents. Handled wide range of characters very well.
Reunion with Danny.
Great true to life view of one man and his family's struggle with mental illness. Like all stories it's just one person but it's good to have honest stories out there to help us understand one another's different types of crazy...we've all got something.
No, I enjoyed it the first time but it's a significant investment of time and ran a little long for my taste.
Prior Phillip and Tom. I appreciated the goodness and intentions of both, and the way they expressed it in different ways.
John Lee is always good. Overall a good read/listen and worth it. You need to be ready for an epic though, and even though I was ready for the length of an epic, I thought it went on a little long.
A great listen.
I read the book first when it first came out and enjoyed it. But listening to it was even better - made a "very good" book a "great" audiobook! Especially with multiple characters and perspectives it was fantastic to hear the actors give each one a voice and personality.
Loved it - highly recommend - it deserves its outstanding rating.
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