I've always been a Hitchcock fan. I remember watching Psycho as a grade-schooler and then watching it again and again with my friends to scare them.
I found this book started slowly. The history of how the film got off the ground was a bit boring but I'm glad I kept going. When we got into how the film was made I was fascinated. This was a great insight into a movie that, for its time, was so very shocking.
I only recommend this to people who have seen the movie, more than once, and found it intriguing. If you aren't a Hitchcock fan, don't bother.
This was a selection for our book club and it was a hit with everyone. That happens very rarely.
This was a fun and quick read yet there was quite a lot of discussion about the book at our meeting.
I truly enjoyed this book. While it is not a how-to book on improving your memory, it is an enjoyable, humorous trip with the author to the memory championships.
There are a few slow spots, especially in the beginning, but I'm glad I pushed through. I finished the book with my own memory palace, which is still furnished with the items on the to-do/shopping list the author got in the park and a smile on my face.
Very interesting. A lot of fun. Well worth the time and the credit.
I was a little unobservant and did not realize until I finished the book that this is an abridged version. But it was fine. I think had it gone much longer or into more detail, I would have gotten bored.
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed that it was narrated by Patrick Swayze. He and his wife had a very touching love story. It was also interesting to read about someone with so much drive and determination. I also liked the details about his movies.
If you are a Patrick Swayze fan, I believe you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for a little inspiration about working through tough times and continuing to follow your dreams, you may get some here.
I generally steer away from abridged versions but with this book I'm happy with what I got.
This was a selection for my book club. While most of the members mildly enjoyed it, I truly did not. I do not believe there was enough substance here for a book. If this had been a series of articles I may have found it somewhat interesting but there were just too many words, too many descriptions that didn't accomplish anything except boring me to tears.
I would not recommend this book.
This was a selection by my book club. It's a quirky, dark book and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be rather funny and quite entertaining. The narrator was perfect.
It's not a tremendously deep book but everyone in the group had some questions and there were some conflicting responses which lead to some good discussion. One of our members found an interview with the author which answered some of the questions we had about the book.
This is not your typical book club book but I thought it was a good choice and I enjoyed it as did the rest of the members of my group.
Give it a try.
Well, I agree with Stephen King. The stories in this book ARE harsh.
It has been a long time since I've read anything by King. In the past I read a lot of his work, I liked his stories and for some reason, I was hesitant to branch out into other books. Eventually I discovered that Stephen King was not the only author I enjoyed. Now, a few years have gone by since I've read anything by him. I was disappointed. I remember page-turner afer page-turner and I had to struggle to get though this book. I wondered who had changed in all this time, him or me. I immediately followed this book up with The Shawshank Redemption and that has instantly become one of my favorite stories.
I concluded that it is likely him that changed and he's just run out of ideas.
I did think that Jessica Hecht did a great job narrating though.
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it several times. As an audiobook, it is even better. The narrators are wonderful. I will likely listen to this again and again.
I listened to this for my book club. Our group agreed, it's a fine story, it kept us entertained, it had some good twists and turns. We also agreed that Nancy Pickard will not win any writing awards.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially for book club. Just not enough to talk about.
As for the narration, I was not a fan. I found the voice she used for the bad guy in the story irritating and I wanted her to shut up everytime she tried it.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I listened to the audiobook and re-listened to the portion about Sarah the giant anteater a couple of times, grinning ear to ear each time.
If you enjoy animal stories, try this book. It's quite delightful.
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