The first few chapters of this audiobook almost made me not continue listening. I thought the reader, Kevin Pariseau, sounded too stuffy and maybe it was just me, but I just wasn't crazy about his style...maybe it sounded too formal?
Anyway, the other factor that almost made me stop listening was the amount of laborious detail about early computers - the circuit boards and components, chips, etc. It was an amount of detail I think would tune out the typical listener and interest mostly engineering types.
I decided to keep listening and as the lives of Steve Jobs and the co-founders of Apple progressed, it did get more interesting and I'm glad I listened all the way through. While it still had too much detail, the story was pretty interesting, fascinating really, and I would recommend it. Maybe you'll want to skip some of part 1, but part 2 was definitely better and a good listen on my commutes back and forth from work.
The most enjoyable parts for me were hearing how Colton (the boy) revealed his experiences to his parents and their reactions to each revelation.
One of the most memorable moments was when Colton told his mom that he had another sister and that whole discussion.
Dean allows me to get a little sense of the emotion the family experienced.
Well, at this writing, today is the opening day for the actual movie, so this question is not necessary! I think the book's tagline is fine!
As a Christian myself, I found this book to be an amazing, inspirational story. It provides a possible glimpse into some details of the heavenly and spiritual world that most all of us can't see and won't see until we die and go to Heaven ourselves. It gave me a little insight into what I've read in the Bible. It was a very emotional and amazing story that has strengthened my prayer life and a story that I enjoyed very much. I've listened to it twice already.
For those who consider themselves Agnostic or Atheist, reading this book with an open mind may cause them to re-consider what God and Jesus say in the Bible and what it really means to be a Christian.
Well, yes and no...depends on the friend...
Well, like many people have said, it basically SUCKED. And sucked big time. I understand sometimes an author wants a different ending, a twist to the same-ol', "typical" endings, but this was just absolutely deflating. You can have "downer" endings, but hey, freaking make up for it with a redeeming morale or event, a silver lining, ANYTHING! But it was just so...unsatisfying. Sorry, I just finished the book a couple hours ago as I write this so I'm still in a bad mood (smile). But yeah, disappointed would be an understatement!
They helped delineate the two main characters' perspectives. I pictured it as a movie with two scenes going on in parallel.
Uh, it already is being made into a movie series. Divergent is set to release in less than 2 months as of this writing ("coming to a theater near you March, 2014!!"). I was REALLY looking forward to it until I finished this third book.
I hate to sound redundant, but like many others, this last book could have been so much better. Hunger Games series was clearly much better as a whole series because this last installment, Allegiant, was just such a downer towards the end.
Yes - really good story, entertaining and lots of detail about the different Factions - would listen again to properly sort them out in my mind.
I would say, like many people, the Hunger Games of course, but also a little bit of the Matrix. Hunger Games because they do share some similarities and the same premise (16-yr old female heroin, futuristic, post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical government wanting to control the masses, too-similar-looking book art - ha). The Matrix because it also has a similar premise of post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical "government" (or, computers) wanting to control the masses.
Beatrice, or, Tris (her nickname).
Well, I couldn't imagine sitting and listening to ANYTHING for 11 hours straight, but if I could, this would be one of those books.
Like the Hunger Games and Twilight series, my wife got me on to this book series, and I really enjoyed it. I think I liked it just about as much as the Hunger Games. If you go on to the other books, Insurgent and Allegiant, they feel less and less like the Hunger Games series so you should not get bored with this.
The outcome - that Captain Phillips' trials ended with his captors lives blanked out by our military's best snipers and he got to go home.
Captain Phillips' determination to face his fears and his captors bravely, and how, while he was on the cargo ship, he out-smarted the pirates at every opportunity.
While on the cargo ship, the pirates kept asking him where his crew were, and he kept responding with, "I don't know, I'm here with you guys!" and when they asked him to get the ship moving, he kept saying "ship broken, you broke the ship". That was pretty funny stuff, and impressive that he was able to keep his cool and think of good excuses while having an AK-47 rifle pointed at him!
Yes, there were plenty. A memorable moment was when his church sang their favorite song the same morning he was rescued.
I highly recommend this book - great story and the reading was well done too.
I've enjoyed the story of this Navy SEAL, but have struggled getting through the entire audio because of his performance. The reading is sometimes too monotone, which wouldn't be so bad and I'd be able to handle it, but his voice, like many SEALs I've listened to, is somewhat low and raspy. It makes me strain to listen so I find myself taking days-long breaks between listens.
From my experience, unless the author is a trained, professional voice actor, I don't really like them reading their own books. Having a professional reader do the job is generally always MUCH better.
I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. As a sequel, I thought it was pretty much as great as the first, and I think the reader, Carolyn McCormick, again did a great job. Well done. I'm looking forward to the final book, especially since I've read reviews that both loved it and didn't like it...
I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. Since the movie was coming out, I thought I would get started, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was great, and I thought the reading by Carolyn McCormick added to the story, I think she did a great job. Well done, and now looking forward to the movie!
My daughter is about to turn 9 and enter the 4th grade soon. While we have a pretty good relationship, I knew I had many areas I could improve on. Developing a closer relationship with her and really getting serious about setting the standard for her for her future husband really motivated me to listen to this book.
There were many great lessons and excellent stories - success stories and cautionary tales of fathers who messed up and fathers who turned it around. The book has motivated me and inspired me to be a better father and a more Godly father. On a minor note, the reader is a bit stiff, not very animated but not bad either...but the content should definitely keep you going.
I have put to practice some of the advice and within 1-2 weeks our relationship had already improved, and my wife has noticed as well and is very happy about it. It has blessed me and I look to continually be the father she needs, wants and deserves. I highly recommend this book!
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