Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago.
I liked the story overall, but there was nothing astounding about it. This told the story from the perspective of the author, who was a marketing employee at Google. I get the trials of being a non-engineer in an engineering company, as I have been in that situation before. There were many sections that I found extremely interesting, such as the controversy over Google Doodles, April Fools jokes, the perks of working there, the magnitude of the operation, and everything that went into the development of the search function. I take it for granted when I go to Google that I will see the box, type in my request, and find what I am looking for. I never thought of it as this complex algorithm that is actually very highly developed. I also never thought of the scope of the manpower and physical equipment that is required to make this happen.
There were no great "confessions" in this book, so maybe I was expecting more of that based on the title. Rather, it was a history of the company and there was no real "dirt" revealed. I found that many names were mentioned and when they came back up again, I could not recall exactly who all of them were. There were also great details about some of the competitors and their skirmishes with Google that I felt went on for way too long. This book definitely would have benefited from editorial work in the area of shortening the story up. When I look back at the entire book, I'm glad that I persevered and finished it, although there were some points where I felt that it was never going to end. Maybe by now, as you are reading this, you are thinking that this review is never ending as well, so on that note, I will conclude!
This was an excellent book. I love baseball, although I'm more of a Yankee than a Mets fan; it was still interesting to hear all of the familiar names mentioned and to learn interesting tidbits abut the players and their lifestyles. I knew that Dwight had gone through some difficult times, but I had no idea of the extent of it until I listened to this book. I often wonder how people who seem to have it all - talent, money, fame, friends, and family - can throw it all away on alcohol and/or drugs. His story helped me to understand how it can happen and the power that addiction has over someone. I was happy that the book ended on such a positive note and hope that he continues with the positive changes in his life! The narrator was good and easy to listen to.
his was an interesting story. I had heard of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, but didn't know much about them. I knew that some of them had relocated to Syracuse, where I lived recently for several years. Imagine my surprise when I listened to this and read that he was one of them who went to Syracuse. This made the book even more enjoyable to me, as I could relate to the local references.
I enjoyed his story and learning about the troubles he faced in Sudan. Despite the serious nature of the book, some parts were laugh out loud funny, like the first time he touched snow when they were teaching the boys about life in America. I also thought his issues with figuring out how the shower worked was also amusing, although I'm sure he didn't find it that way at the time.
One of the things I appreciated about this book was his optimism and ability to see the good in things. He really appreciated his life in the U.S. and what others did for him along the way. When you listen to the news today and hear how many people hate America, this was quite refreshing. Many Americans who don't appreciate what we have would benefit from reading this book and listening to his words of joy and hope.
I listened to this one on audio. Although it was a bit lengthier than I liked, I found the story engrossing and entertaining. The narration was also good. I wasn't quite sure how it would all turn out in the end, so it kept me guessing which is always a good thing! This is the first book I read by this author and I would definitely read another one by him.
This book was well written, particularly for a debut novel. The plot was good and moved along nicely. I thought that the characters were well developed and I was interested to see what happened to them. I would definitely read another book by this author. The narrator also did a good job with the characters' voices.
This was an interesting book. I thought that there was the right mix of case studies and theory (psychology, sociology, and group). Some of the case studies were chilling and I found myself comparing the sociopathic traits to people I know.
The narration was average. It was clear and easy to understand, but at times she sounded like she was tired. Also, there was not enough of a break between section headings to alert the listener of the section change.
This was not my cup of tea. I didn't care about any of the characters and this so-called horror book did not chill me at all. There was a ton of graphic sexual language; while this does not offend me per se when it pertains to the story, in this case, the author seemed to have been enthralled with the word "c*ck." It got tiring after awhile, especially when it didn't move the story along. Plus, some of the terms used to describe semen and other bodily functions (lung oyster?) just made me roll my eyes. As for the narration, it was average and did nothing to redeem the story. Sorry, but I just can't recommend this one. I did finish it for some reason, but there were many times when I almost bailed on it.
I enjoyed this one; this is my send Carl Hiaasen book and it follows his tradition of a zany cast of characters and a lot of humor. I found myself laughing quite a bit during this one, although there were a few times I had to turn the volume down when my car windows were open in order to avoid stares from passersby during the racy parts! The narration was good as well.
I really liked the title story in this collection of short stories. It was a bit chilling for me, however, as it reminded me of my mom and how she hated the wallpaper in her room when she was terminally ill, just like the heroine hated the wallpaper in her room. I enjoyed most of the stories, and I appreciated the fact that they were different. While they all had a feminist message, I did not feel as if they were all "cookie cutter" stories. The narrator was good and I like the audio format. The one criticism I have is that some of the stories seemed to end a bit abruptly.
I had never heard of this author before and was concerned that it would be difficult to read because of the dated language; however, that was not a problem at all. I got this book when Audible offered it as a daily deal, and I'm glad I did; I probably would not have ventured into this author otherwise.
The book got off to a slow start for me, but once it got to the Carol Burnett years, I was hooked! I really enjoyed the parts about the show, Harvey and Carol; the script he wrote saying goodbye to Carol was touching. I also liked the parts about him playing tricks on his wife - he is quite the character! I listened to this on audio as I wanted to get a more authentic feel, and I was glad I chose this medium.
This was a good intro to Wicca if you are interested in learning more about the religion. In my line of work, I have encountered Wiccans and did not know anything about it; I decided to educate myself on this and started with this book. It was very straightforward and gave a good overview. I like the reasons for the Wiccan rituals and how they correspond to Nature and the change in seasons. I was interested to learn that my birthday is the day Wiccans celebrate when the powers of nature are at their highest. Also, Oct 31 is a time of reflection; my partner was born on that day and he is a very reflective person by nature.
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