Santiago is a young man who proceeds in literally making his dreams come true. He is an ordinary man, full of doubts and fears, like you and me, but he has this drive inside of him and a courage to continue on his path. This is a fantastic fable filled with unsurmountable challenges and life changing choices. I do agree with a previous reviewer in that Paulo over uses "omen", but it's kind of funny when you expect it. Jeremy Irons does an amazing job with changing voices to match each character (his voice does get low at points though). This is, hands down, my favorite book.
Don't expect analysis on the best way to create art & don't expect a story of an artist's life. This is simply a glimpse into many artist's work habits. Whenever an artist that I admire was announced I became so excited because I got to enter their life for just a moment. I felt as if I was able to know them just a little bit better. How many people get to see your daily rituals? I think the point of this book is to make your own decision on what is best for you and that there are many roads to creation.
This book was more exciting than Girl Gone since you are left in suspense until the very end. Gillian really has a way with making you think it was one character then jumps to another. The juxtaposing between the male and female point of view and the past and present "day" (pun intended) works exceptionally well.
This is a history book. It's hard to fully delve into. Yet, I'm glad I listened to it. I learned a lot about European history & what an interesting man Churchill is. I can't believe all the obstacles he faced. This man had a lot of people who disliked him and had many career ruining moments, but somehow he just kept going even with bouts of depression. Makes one reflect on one's actions.
This is a who done it book and I knew it had twists from reading the reviews. So I was having fun trying to figure out who it could have been then about half way through, you find out who. After that, it stops being exciting and starts being a book about a person with a psychological disorder. You find out all of the dirty little secrets in a really drawn out way and I wasn't as eager to listen to it after that. I felt like a guy after a one night stand. Once it has all been given up, what fun can you have after that?
The introduction is painfully lengthy, about an hour. He starts by thanking everyone, which was sweet. Then he moves on to the process of how he did his research, which could have been summed up in probably 5 mins. Instead, you hear a lot of redundant material for about an hour, yeah painful. The stories were also nice, but to be honest I don't remember all of the "secrets" and I just finished listening to it. There are other books where I can remember points made so vividly for months after hearing them. I think the way he organized the entire book is not the way my brain processes or it is just the same old stuff (i.e.: give, be nice, be you, blah, blah, blah). Or maybe I just read one too many of these types of books. Nothing mind blowing & I am doubtful that I will ever re-listen.
I find myself bringing this up at work, at a coffee shop with friends, getting a massage, & nearly any leisurely conversation I have. The contents of this book simply rolls off my tongue and I can't stop myself - yeah, Tipping Point style. Breaking unspoken rules? How devilishly delicious! This book leaves you questioning everything you "know" about rules, advantages, & disadvantages. I absolutely love it!
I cannot say enough great things about these books. I was hooked immediately and I rarely want to turn this off. This book is filled with so many twists and turns that I often found myself gaping in astonishment! The character development is also fantastic. Roy Dotrice does an amazing job of slipping in and out of different voices.
This should really be on everybody's to do list. I think a lot of us are naive on this subject. I, myself, did not know much about the struggle. All I knew was that there was a struggle. Now I know why! This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I read it. I especially liked how the author made this book based on a real life encounter between an Arab & a Jew. It now puts many world events into perspective and is making me think differently about them. By no means are the actions justified, just better understood.
Peekay is a remarkable boy who is so remarkable in fact that it is practically unbelievable. Mr Courtenay focuses on how remarkable this boy is the whole time and then ends it with a very unremarkable moment. It was such a let down and it just does't make sense... What about being the tadpole angel or being the welterweight champion of the world? Why did he put so much emphasis on these two aspects and then end it with a silly confrontation? It's as if there was a build up for nothing. The end came straight out of left field and seems inconsistent with the direction the story was headed.
As much as I think the story was a let down, there are 3 things that I really liked about The Power of One:
1. The character development was "wunderbar, absolutal"
2. It had important messages about life scattered throughout
3. Humphrey Bower was an excellent narrator
The story is just fantastic. It's about a smart and confidant woman who thinks she knows everything and a man who thinks he is above everyone else. Then their worlds get turned upside down! The performance is OK and didn't bother me as much as it did other people.
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