Some people have said this book is dreary and depressing. I can certainly see how they'd come to that conclusion, but I must disagree overall.
For me, I finished with a positive feeling because what truly shines through is the genuine love between a father and his son despite the worst of circumstances.
This book is so incredibly nerdy that I caught myself rolling my eyes on more than one occasion, completely embarrassed to even be listening to it.... and yet.... I couldn't... stop... listening...
This book was amazing! Full of nerdy nostalgia! And honestly, even if you weren't around for the 80's, or even if you're not into video games, you'll still enjoy it immensely.
However, if you ARE an 80's baby or a video gamer.... you're in for a treat...
I bought this book because I thought it was be a fun light hearted read that would get a few laughs out of me. It didn't. It's not funny at all really... and it's poorly researched. It's like a 3 hour rant about nothing.
Honestly, unless you paid 99 cents for it like so many of us did, there's really no reason to purchase this.
This book should be on its own list of terrible ideas. Hah!
Crap! I guess they DID get a laugh out of me!
The writing is a bit choppy. It definitely might have benefited from better editing. Perhaps a rushed release?
I appreciate his outlook on life. He's a highly impressive individual with a very long laundry list of accomplishments and qualifications. Even though I get the feeling that he's a genuinely humble person, the writing style gives a certain aura of self-indulgence. I'm sure this wasn't desired or intentional, but perhaps better editing may have been able to correct a lot of these issues.
Some of the stories are very inspiring and motivational. Others are quite obviously filler.
The narration isn't terrible, but again, a bit choppy. He is able to inject a ton of personality and enthusiasm into the reading, but it also lacks a professional polish.
The inside look at how NASA operates was extremely interesting though. I really enjoyed that.
Overall, it was good! 4 stars. Or perhaps 3.5. It was a good listen!
It's like 7 hours of lame high school drama, with occasional pockets of insight and thoughtfulness, but seriously, not that much.
Here, I'll summarize the entire book for you: Omg, he kissed who?! She said what?! Oh no he did'ennnt! Woe is me.... my life is terrible.... omg he broke my heart.... blah blah blah blah.
These kids are all self-absorbed morons that haven't yet developed a sense of maturity. So I guess that makes them normal... but c'mon... they're all idiots. I wanted to punch every single one of them in face and tell them to stop being a whiny little *$^#*.
I absolutely adored Fault in our Stars... but you can skip this one.
Totally loved this one. Compelling story, funny as hell AND it was great Sci-Fi about Nasa's future missions to Mars. Accurate too from what I can tell.
The amount of research Andy Weir must of put into this is truly unbelievable. But he did a great job. Describing in detail the machinery, the physics, chemistry and even the inner workings of Nasa.
The narration was spot on too. Extremely funny and engaging.
I loved it. I think it's a poor choice for a title, but otherwise, I adored this book. If you like or appreciate animals and the wild... give this one a shot.
This is a beautiful story. An amazing story for any youth to read. It could also teach a lot of adults a thing or two about empathy as well.
I really like how a boy so 'ugly', could spread so much joy and love. Amazing overall.
However, I must say that the choice to have the boy's voice read in a raspy whisper was an absolutely TERRIBLE choice. Why wouldn't they just use a normal young sounding male? It was extremely annoying, and it made him sound like a whiny baby. The writing wasn't bad at all, but the narration was just dreadful.
Kate Rudd was amazing as always, and she saved the entire book for me. 5 star for her. 1 star for the other. 3 star overall.
Uplifting and Inspirational. The narration was a bit shaky, but we obviously know why and it's easily forgivable. I enjoyed this one.
40 hours long, and it didn't seem to drag at all. The plot is so complex, yet well explained and never seemed forced. Everything seems to weave together beautifully. Loved this one.
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