Not only is the content of the book excellent but the reader does an amazing job in his delivery. I highly recommend this book and it will impact your heart.
I found it predictable, lacking in suspense, and underwhelming compared to many others I read/listened to in the same genre.
A few times, I almost deleted it from my iPhone out of boredom but kept listening thinking a new twist was around the corner. Obviously, the writer enjoys the details of the weapons which seemed to make the weapons more the subject than the characters.
I gave it a 3 star overall based on the fact the story line 'could' happen in the near future.
At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book or not. I purchased it based on a few recommendations and this is one of those books that contains many hidden meanings and lessons. There were a few times when the narrator (the author) seemed dry in his delivery, (which is why I rated performance a 3) but overall the book's content made up for the delivery. I recommend the book for all of the life's nuggets. Create your own story and live life to its fullest!
This book is short but filed with many nuggets that could get lost in the context. I have 3 plus decades in the business world and found this book a great resource to get my mind moving forward. I wish I could explain it but my suggestion is to listen to it, then listen to it again. You will not be sorry.
Excellent book for the writer or anyone in particular. Too often the work isn't done and we wonder why we don't get results. This is a must read for all workers but especially for those in a professional or entrepreneur adventure. It is a book that I will listen to many times and refer to it for hidden nuggets.
Maybe if the book was narrated by someone else or someone used to using different voices for the anecdotes and stories I could rate it higher. I reached 50% into the book and became bored because although the stories were different, they sounded the same when read by Gloria. I am sorry but this began to depress rather than inspire me from the stories. I have it on my iPhone and will pick up listening to it in the future but it isn't a book that I could finish without stopping many times.
I know I am an odd one out with this review but I am writing this as a grandfather of five grandchildren and my eldest granddaughter is a prolific reader. (Second place in her school last year for AR.) She fell in love with John Green and his writing and I felt the need to read a few of his books. The language in this book is better than others but I do not feel it is appropriate for a 14 year old and unfortunately the young adults category includes this age group. If you are a Christian, you might find the negative comments and the context of some of the statements anti-God. (I did)
However, with all of that stated, the thesis behind the book is outstanding and the message about young (or old) people with cancer or similar diseases needed. I wish the book wasn't filled with all of the cussing (f-bombs) and more because I believe it should be read by YA but I cannot recommend it to them.
There are multiple references to sex but nowhere as many as "Looking for Alaska" which is filled with enough vulgarity to move it to R in my ratings.
I heard Susan interviewed on a show and was fascinated by her information and immediately purchased the audio version of her book. Not only is it filled with tremendous tips for 'working a room' but it has nuggets of great life tips and this is a must read for everyone and especially those entering the workforce.
The updated version is timely and has ideas for various online social networks and to paraphrase, there is nothing like getting out and mingling.
I must have missed something - Yes, this book chronicles the lives of some teens, I cannot endorse this book as anything more than soft P***. The language is horrible and the reader content should be much higher than 14.
I read this type of book since my eldest granddaughter is an amazing reader and is always looking for new books to read. Therefore, I attempt to read books listed for her age group. I found this book fell short of anything worth reading.
The narrator did a good job reading the book but that is the only redeeming quality of the book.
The book grabbed my attention from the beginning which is excellent. It had enough twists and turns to keep my interest until the end. However, the ending or should I say transition to the second book, tamed my interest to read book two. I might listen to it but as of now, I doubt it. I can understand why but didn't like the ending. It seems to me it is only there as a springboard to book two.
Too bad there isn't a section for ending - I would give it a 2-3 stars at best.
The book starts off very funny and continues as many memoirs do with parts seeming like you fell into a soap opera and other parts with tremendous life lessons. If you grew up watching Penny as Laverne or many of the other roles she played (director of many great movies) then the behind the scenes will interest you.
Overall, I found the book entertaining but there were times when it seemed to derail. Beware of the 'f' bombs and other 'rough' language throughout the book.
I gave it four stars but it is more like 3.5 stars for me.
The biggest life lesson - Not everything your parents attempt to teach you is wrong. :D
Her mom kept pushing her and her two siblings to entertain people and although Penny pushed back, she ended up in the entertainment world as well as her brother. How ironic.
If you think your family is crazy or dysfunctional, then this is a must read.
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