This rendition is delicious. If you have never read this book, listen to this audible book instead of reading it. It's absolutely wonderful.
I would change the ending.
The first book, the Hunger Games, was the best one. The second in the series was also good and so it was quite a let down to read the finale. The first book made you root enthusiastically for characters that are too casually killed off. I found the denouement very unsatisfying and the (very few) characters who survive to the end are not the ones I had hope would do so. This could have been such a great trilogy it is a shame that it had to end this way.
Reunion with Gale
No. It's done. Should have stopped at book 2.
It's funny. It's funny. It's also feminist and progressive. She tells a story and you can't help laughing.
I recommend it for anyone who is interested in: TV, feminism, popular culture, SNL, 30 Rock, Tina Fey, New York, Comedy, Life, Laughter. Her voice is truly unique and to have the author read the book for Audible is awesome.
This book is well thought out and well researched. It will shock and sadden in some ways but it is necessary reading for any enlightened citizen of the 21st century.
The author's voice and the narrator make this a sweet concoction of southern inflection and authentic writing. The voice (both figurative and literal) is so compelling I could not take my earbuds out unless I had to talk to someone to order coffee. I also didn't realize how faithful the TV series was to the original book until I heard the Audible version and was surprised at how interesting the story became while listening to the delightful voice of Johanna Parker. Although I wish she didn't lower her voice so much to indicate male speakers (I also hate when male narrators raise their voices in a ridiculous attempt to imitate female speakers) she absolutely "nails" Suki. Really! This is a real gem.
This is a heart wrenching story of the author's life made all the more poignant by her own voice. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how women's rights are negatively affected by Islamic culture.
Darwin's meticulous work that spanned decades is patiently and humbly summarized in this beautiful book. His writing is charming and careful and the fact that it is fascinating to readers 200 years later is a testament to the man's genius. To hear Richard Dawkins read the words of Darwin is a wonderful thing and makes the experience almost transcendent. It doesn't matter if you understand evolution or not, this book will inform you about how Darwin came to say what he did and hear it in his own words.
It starts off well (despite the reader being very difficult to listen to and the volume changing dramatically) but soon gets mired in long descriptions of trivial background "details". He uses far too many irrelevant subplots and a great many characters that you don't care about and who contribute nothing to the story line (they usually end up dying before doing anything interesting). In the end he rapidly "ties everything together" (you find out that the subplots were meaningless) and it ends in an incredibly unsatisfying way. If you love top notch science fiction, don't bother. If you like potboilers then maybe you will enjoy it.
You don't need to be interested in physics to enjoy this charming life story. Einstein was unusual in so many ways, yet lovable despite his failings. This is a great way to get to know one of the greatest minds our culture has ever known.
Set yourself in a mood to be amused by old-fashioned sensibilities and smile as you listen to a fun description of social norms in the 2D world.
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