This was not at all what I expected; I thought this would be more of a story about Blue, but instead, it is a hard and in-depth look at what happens to dogs who ends up in some of these "shelters." I love Blue's story, but I have to admit, it is tough reading. The reality of a shelter dog's chances is something that everyone needs to know about. Hearing about the gas chambers at some of the shelters disturbed, saddened and angered me. It brought me to tears thinking about the plight of these animals. There is so much that I never knew about the shelters - such as some of them having high kill rates, or not waiting to euthanize dogs that are surrendered by their owners. I never thought about citizens paying their local tax dollars to shelters, thinking that their shelter was trying to find animals home, when in reality, they are killing a high percentage of them. I guess this illustrates the importance of asking questions and finding out what is really going on in some of these places. Not all shelters are like this, and I am so thankful for the ones that really try and place the homeless animals.
This book made me realize how lucky my Winston, a senior overweight beagle hound was. It was because the woman in a shelter in a small rural Pennsylvania community looked at his face and decided she could not euthanize him when his former people dumped him. She gave him a chance by posting his picture online, and I happened to find him. When I read this book, it gave me chills as I realized how slim a chance he ever had of surviving being dumped at a shelter. But he did, and I had a wonderful 2.5 years with him before he died of old age.
The story was excellent, and the narrators did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.
I love this series. The interactions between the characters are excellent and the personalities mesh perfectly. I was laughing out loud at many of the scenes, particularly when they played the "fizz buzz" game. There is also a cliffhanger at the end of this season so I need to get season five!!
There isn't much to say about this awful time that has not already been said. This book details the author's time in a concentration camp with his father; I have read other Holocaust books and each one adds something different to my understanding of this horrific time. I like the author's revelations of his inner struggles with his belief in God to his feelings about wanting to take his father's rations when his father was on the brink of death.
This audio edition includes the author's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the new preface by the author. The narration was very good and added to the overall listening experience.
I enjoyed this book; it was very informative and practical. I particularly enjoyed the concept and application of the regression to the mean theory, as I can relate it to many real life situations. It was also fascinating to learn that the money we spend on paying experts for financial advice may not make a difference, as the results are often achieved by chance. If you are curious about the title, the Drunkard's Walk refers to random events that nudge us in various directions; how often have you thought you wouldn't ha e a certain job, mate, or friend if certain events had not happened? I also found the discussion of CEOs and coaches being fired for poor results, when that particular year was the rest of chance or regression to the mean.
The only thing I would say is that if you are weak in statistics, the written book may be a better format. I listened to the audio version and while the explanations were good, there were a few times I wish I had the print version to refer to.
I liked this short story. The characters were interesting and the premise was good. This definitely could be lengthened and developed into a novella, as there more to this story that could be explored.
I'm not sure whether to classify this more as a memoir or a comedy. I thought it would be funnier, but it was still pretty good. People may enjoy it who are already fans of his; although I had heard of Penn & Teller, I hadn't ever seen their shows. There were some funny parts, but not as much as I had hoped. I loved his chapter on the bath house in San Francisco; I was practically rolling on the floor at his description of that. I found his ideas on atheism interesting in parts, and I liked his logic for being a Libertarian.
If you are easily offended by curse words or sexual terms, this book would definitely not be for you; there is quite a bit of both in this book.
I also enjoyed the narration, which is not always the case with authors who do their own narrating. In this case, his style of speaking matched the tone of the book, which added to the listening experience.
This is the first season of the BBC comedy, Cabin Pressure. I found myself laughing out many times; although I listened to this on audio, I could picture the case in the various scenes. I loved the interaction between the characters, as well as the British humour. Very enjoyable!
I read this book in two sittings. It grabbed me from the outset, as Michelle has been through a lot. I felt for her, having to deal with the issues of her early life and then being held by this monster for 11 years of her life. It was chilling to hear how close to death she came. I also admire her attitude about her son, and only wanting the best life for him. This truly is a story about survival. You go, Michelle, and keep working on taking your life back!
The narration was good, and I forgot at times that I was not actually listening to Michelle narrate her story.
This book was very interesting and much more than I expected. The book details a 24 hour period in George's life; while the description made me think it would focus on his experience as a gay man, that was not the sole focus. Yes, the issue is prevalent, but it was presented in the way of this is who he is. George's sexual orientation was part of many of his interactions, but the listener learns of many aspects of his life.
This was written in 1964, and I found it interesting that the attitudes described about George due to his sexual orientation have not changed much today. It was also perceptive of the author when he observed that colleges campuses would soon be overtaken by the parking lots; I recall many a day circling my college campus looking for a place to park in the 90s and 2000s!
The writing was excellent and I enjoyed the narrator. This is one of the books that I think I would have enjoyed equally in print and audio format. I was not prepared for the ending, but I like how it tied in with the opening scene of the story.
I thought that the first half of the book was a bit tedious; however I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I found the second half much more entertaining. The narration was quite good as well. I don't think I would have stuck with the story in printed form, so audio was a better format choice for me.
I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end.
The narration was very good. I recommend this in audio format; the narrator did a good job conveying the eerie appearance of the doctor in the middle of the story telling scene.
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