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I think Lessig is a brilliant speaker, but a so-so narrator. Without visuals to go with his spoken word, this listen tends to drag a bit here and there as he labors to make his points, though in the end the points are profoundly important to every American regardless of party affiliation. Ignore at your own peril, people.
There are times I wondered if Ms. Ian, though a gifted singer, songwriter and narrator, is actually this naive, or is there something more disturbing going on? She spends years in an abusive relationship with a much older man. Later on, she gets ripped off over and over again because she trusts people she shouldn't from agents/colleagues to friends/lovers. Eventually, most people learn to get second opinions, to put things in writing, and to hide their cash in a safe place. It's a dysfunction train from beginning to end, and I found it sad.
The guy is funny in a big, big way. I've listened to this 3 times now and each time I still find myself laughing out loud - he's clever with imagery, relate-able, and never mean. Last week the news was grim all over, but for the price of an hour of your time, Pinette provides a very happy place.
As a long time fan of Terry Pratchett, I can tell you that this isn't a Terry Pratchett book. At least, there is little that would cause a Pratchett fan to think so. There's no humor, no amusing human element, no charm or wit. It's a fairly flat narrative, in fact. It's a sci fi that deals with time travel and other dimensions - hardly original stuff, but not bad either. In my opinion, there are better sci fi works out there.
I found the story had plenty of charm and enough action to keep me interested, but the language used and the blending in of the Dickens character are what really appealed to me. The narrator does a great job depicting each character, and I could practically smell the sewers.
As a world traveler and a person who greatly appreciates Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, I found this to be the most delightful of all the Pratchett books. I listen to it over and over.
...it's still a fun book. I like this book enough that I plan on reading book #2. It's about a girl who comes into her own in a brutal society that challenges everyone to the extreme. There are some surprises and some predictable plot turns, but the virtual pages turned quickly.
Maddow is of course a liberal, but this book describes a problem every American should be deeply concerned about regardless of political persuasion. Plus, she does so in an amusing and engaging way. It moves along, and it will make you smarter.
This book was very much not my cup of tea. It's a self-indulgent tale of a fat woman who dumps a guy and then spends the majority of the book tearfully (and pathetically) trying to get the guy back. I found myself just cringing with embarrassment for women everywhere as I listened. At least it has a happy ending.
This won't change your life, but it is a nice, light, heartwarming story about the author finding true love with an older man.
This is a formula story, but I enjoyed it all the same. I'd describe this as a good listen for a lazy road trip or a day at the beach when you don't want to think too deeply.
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