Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013
Absolutely, and bought it for my brother for his birthday. It has a rare combination of poetry in the writing even though the book is nonfiction and you learn a lot about the history of agriculture and what's actually happening with the apples and potatoes that end up on our plates. It's sort of a political topic, but he manages to make the book incredibly entertaining and gorgeous to listen to. The Omnivore's Dilemma is one of my favourite books, and this one did not disappoint from my high standards of Michael Pollan.
The long list of local names for apples--hilarious, sweet, gorgeous, and evocative.
I think a good narrator is almost one you don't notice--his performance wasn't distracting from the story at all, so I think he really embodied it.
No, but it did re-ignite my desire to eat potatoes, which I'd always thought of as kind of a boring vegetable. I didn't know how nutritious they are, and their political stance as having rescued the Irish from persecution (until monoculture ruined everything of course) gives them street cred.
I think you'd like this book whether you are a fiction or a non-fiction lover. Pollan really knows how to bridge the gap.
No, this is one of the few books I would say would be better in the text version. It's very subtle and layered, there is a disconnectedness to the narrative that is important to the theme of the consequences of slavery, but it's difficult to follow if you lose a word or phrase that turns out to be key, or if you can't pause and reread a paragraph a few times to get it.
My experience with the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet was that I was at first a bit confused, but the story unfolded for me effortlessly by simply continuing to listen. That didn't happen for me with Beloved. I got to the end, thought "...what?" and restarted it from the beginning right away. I had to google it to understand what the heck just happened.
I haven't, but I love her voice, it's so gorgeous. Even though I feel like I missed a lot of the narrative, I really enjoyed listening, and certain images, moments, and phrases stick with me even now.
There are many moving moments in the book, it's very detailed and beautifully written.
I'd like to try the book again in print, but I appreciate having listened to Toni Morrison's voice.
The narrator did a beautiful job giving voice to Lavinia. It was wonderful to hear this relatively minor character from one of the classic stories of our culture brought to life with the feminist perspective and the gorgeous, detailed, imaginative Le Guin writing.
The imaginative and detailed writing, I think.
A Feminist Retelling of an Old Dude's Story
Intriguing, surprising, delightful
Every time the story twisted and turned was memorable. As a reader you really got to watch your expectations keep changing. Gillian Flynn offers an interesting feminist perspective in the book which really gets you thinking. She doesn't let you get away with a "normal" story. That being said, I wasn't thrilled about the way it ended. The intricate, careful story sort of fell apart in the last few threads. Overall though it was a great listen.
I don't want to give away any of the plot twists, but there's a despicable character that I ended up having a strange kind of respect for. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were so much more complex than when you first get to know them.
Yes, I have never been so obsessed with finishing an audiobook. Usually I listen on my commute and when I'm walking my dog, but with this one I'd get home and make excuses to clean my house so I could keep listening. I didn't laugh or cry but I was so fascinated with what was going on.
Absolutely, I think it's a great read for anyone. It seems like women might particularly like it because it holds such a diversity of women's stories within it. Kerman manages to offer these stories totally without judgement. It's a fun read, but also educational.
I don't think I can compare it with anything. Who has written a memoir about being in a women's prison? More women's stories need to get told, and Kerman does it well!
I'm not sure, since I didn't read the book and enjoy so much listening while I walk my dog or commute. Her voice sounded very authentic and relatable, and the feeling was almost like listening to a best friend tell her stories over a glass of wine.
I may be mixing it up with the TV show which I also love, but in general just the range of experiences women can have and end up in prison. That it's not necessarily a terrible dark void place, but that you can make a life, get used to an experience and be in it with a community of other people you may never have thought to spend time with. That women can be allies in all kinds of situations.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It made me think I should read more memoirs!
I was wary of the self-help title of the book, but got really turned off when I found out about the extreme American Christianity of the writer. I felt like he was going to sell me something at the end. Maybe my soul back from the devil who stole it.
The narrator was appropriate, he had kind of a Texas accent, adding to the American Everyman vibe I think the book was trying to go for, so I think that was probably a good thing. If you like that sort of thing.
Discomfort and boredom. I like the principle of the book, and perhaps I could have learned something from it if I didn't get so turned off by the gee-golly innocent Christian-ness of the narrator. It just didn't sound like reality. My love tank for this book is empty.
If you are Christian and get something out of self help books, if you think they actually help you and are not a cynical lapsed Christian like me, you might actually enjoy this book and learn something from it. Still, I thought his examples of the things people were going through made the people going through it seem kind of stupid, and I believe anyone who thinks critically and does mindfulness work will figure this kind of stuff out by themselves, rather than labelling everyone's love language and thinking they have it figured out.
Probably not from Zola. I thought i should like it because he is a famous writer, but it was such bloated trash. it had the sense of an erotic novel that just refuses to ever be erotic.
It wasn't in the least bit relatable. Here's a time where if you want to have sex with someone other than your (sickly, first cousin) husband, you have to kill the husband and then suffer in eternity with your guilt about it so no one ever gets properly laid. Perhaps I'm naive when it comes to great French literature, but it seemed like an incredibly heavy handed morality tale with a lot of descriptions of sickly first cousin husbands dead on a slab at the morgue on display. It was about longing and guilt and a life that was totally claustrophobic and depressing. It made me wonder why anyone in modern life is so depressed and claustrophobic when you can just walk out of bad situations, you don't have to make it harder on yourself the way these characters do.
I haven't, and Kate Winslet seemed to bring a bit of an energy of fun to the story. She seemed to take some joy in the absolute ridiculousness of the writing and the story.
Every chapter seemed to be another layer of misery on top of misery. The first chapter was boring, then it got exciting when Therese started having her affair, then it just got heavier and heavier and more ridiculous, and I couldn't make it through the end. So. Cut it all.
I will give Zola credit for his extremely vivid descriptions on dead faces on morgue slabs. So there's that.
Once you get into the threads of the story, you just can't tear yourself away. I couldn't believe how emotionally attached I got to all the characters, even though at first I thought I wouldn't like the topic--Medicine in the 1700-1800s is disgusting, and trade doesn't interest me much, but Mitchell is an absolutely masterful writer. I cried by the end.
Mitchell is possibly my favourite writer. His turns of phrase really do run the gamut from the sublime to the gag-inducing (literally). There's this one scene where a character in love meets his beloved in a garden and tries a Japanese fruit for the first time--it sounds like a cliche, but the image of that scene in burned into my memory forever. Who can write about how a fruit tastes for the first time? David Mitchell can.
The aforementioned garden scene.
Aurito was a fascinating female character. She had some of the heroine and some of the damsel in distress, but she just never landed in any of the cliches you could have expected of her.
I loved this book.
I haven't read the print version, but I think Elisa Donovan's voice was an interesting choice for the book. She has a very nonthreatening way of speaking, and perhaps that was the best choice for a feminist manifesto. Though I was curious about this choice throughout the book.
I am a woman and a small business owner, and the book helped me understand what was holding me back, both externally and internally. It helped me understand that I was not alone, and that I can be a part of the fight for a 50/50 world where more women are in power and more men are at home simply by believing in myself, doing the best I can, and choosing to be around people who support me. I would recommend this book to anyone, including men, because it articulated many of the unfair expectations put on men, as well, and we would all of us benefit from a more equal world. I know the book has come up against a lot of criticism, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thought the honesty, vulnerability, and humour made it so relatable. Her feminism is very slightly different from my own, but I think that's fine, and I'm grateful to have read the book!
The book was funny and deadpan and cut through a lot of cultural bullshit we like to believe about ourselves. It was an excellent window into who we think we are and who we actually are. It also gave me some very interesting marketing insights for my small business, and I'm very glad I picked up the book! I'd recommend it to anyone.
There were no characters, but Hagen's voice was perfect--so deadpan it made the reading absolutely hilarious. I think it was better than if I'd read it on the page.
"Let's cut through the bullshit shall we?"
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