I really enjoyed the story and the perspective of the different members of the family. Unfortunately though the experience was ruined for me due to the narration. She spoke so quickly that it was often hard to tell where one sentenced ended and another began. Sometimes she narrated with no expression e.g. Oh my I have ruined the dinner in complete monotone. I did however enjoy her southern accent.
I would have returned the book had I not had to listen to it for book club.
Unfortunately for me the book was about 30% too long. I found a lot of the scenes went on for too long. I am a fan of detail but found it quite tedious in this book. I also found some of the plot and characters a little hard to believe. Spoiler alert, you never do find out about Adam's empire, it's more like Adam's Saga. Sadly it didn't quite work for me.
Hi I haven't finished listening but here are the meditations I found. Hope it helps.
Chapter 25 - Breath Awareness Practice
Chapter 26 - Breathing Together
Chapter 27 - Loving Kindness
Chapter 28 - Mountain Meditation
Chapter 29 - Stepping in to Fear
I was looking forward to this. I enjoyed his previous books but unfortunately this one, although often enjoyable was frustrating. The main character often does things that are slightly incredulous and it is a little frustratingly predictable. I would write more but don't want to ruin the story for others.
There is no doubt that Donna Tartt is an excellent writer but unfortunately I found the main character to be annoying I also found parts of the story so unlikely that it was unenjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures and often found myself identifying my children's and my own behaviour and often laughing out loud.
This book has definitely broadened my awareness of linguistics and has made me a better more understanding communicator. I find I now react to conversations with understanding than with emotion.
I thoroughly recommend it. I have also listened to How Conversations Work and although that was interesting, I did not find it as comprehensive as this one. If you had to pick, definitely choice He Said/ She Said.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel and decided that life is too short to persist with a book when I did not enjoy the narrator, was not endeared to the main character and found the writing style too focused on the minutiae. I found the narration too slow and sing song, with many words finishing up.
I bought this book on the basis of what seemed to be excellent review but sadly I was very disappointed. To me the book is aimed at the young adult market except for the fact that it seem hugely pre occupied with sex. I am not sure there is one chapter where the isn't a detailed description of the main character having sex and quite frankly it gets rather boring. The story line is quite light on and doesn't develop any depth as the book progresses. To top it off I found the narrators attempt at accents and male character voices to be particularly grating. I definitely would not recommend.
I bought this book out of curiosity knowing it was written by JK Rowling and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the story line and the narrator. She has an excellent writing style which was very easy to listen too. There is a little bit of language that some people may find offensive but which seemed to be used appropriately. Overall I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book and hope that it is the first in a series featuring Mr Strike and Robin.
I have enjoyed all of Dan Ariely's books and this one was no exception. It was interesting to read how we are all a little dishonest at some point or another. I found it fun spouting the research in this book to family and friends who insist they never lie or cheat. You will definitely learn more about how society behaves but I think, more importantly, you'll get a better understanding how you sometimes behave.
I know others don't like the English narrator but I think he is perfect for the job and narrates with a wonderful sense of irony.
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