Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013
I'm a small business owner with no formal education in business. This book started with the basics and helped me understand a lot of aspects of business I didn't feel like I could access. Brodsky uses lots of personal stories and experience so the book is never boring. He really makes you feel like you can do it--you just have to be street smart.
It made me seriously learn! And laugh a couple of times.
I don't read that many "self help" style books, so it's in its own category. But I still think about its lessons all the time, and I think it really helped me figure out some things in my own life and patterns, which I think is kind of amazing.
It's a little like Mating in Captivity--another book on relationships that brings together psychological studies and the experiences of the therapist. But I just remember the one major idea from the first book (space is sexy), and I think the Dance of Anger gave me a lot of different tools--what anger is doing for me, how to figure out the difference between which problems are mine and which are yours, and how to access my power again in any situation.
I don't remember too much about the narration, which I think is a good thing. I think she did give it a conversational tone, which is nice.
"Whose problem is this?" When you get mad or have a fight, piece apart which things are about your past, your emotions, and your actions, and which belong to the other person. It helps remind you of what you have control over and what you don't, and to take responsibility for your own emotions and actions while still communicating with kindness.
It was written in a different time--I think relationships have changed a lot with feminism since the '80s. But we still have the same problems, and the book is definitely still very relevant. I recommend it to all my friends--even the guys, who I think would really benefit from the lessons in here too.
It never quite delivered the way I wanted it to. I'd always heard of and understood Amy Poehler as a no-bullshit kind of lady, but she spends so much time in this book talking about how hard it was to write a book and how talented all her famous friends are, you just get the sense she's not saying any of the interesting things she could be saying if she had more confidence.
I loved Bossypants and Girl Walks Into A Bar, and I was expecting a bit more wisdom about life to come through the comedy, like with the other books. There were moments of that, but I just felt like there was so much second guessing and repetition that it never got to a place where you really went there with her. Plus she kept saying "ambivalence" when she meant "indifference" and I wondered what her editors were doing all day.
I really liked hearing Amy's mom read her life advice and chapters. They were really funny and I thought an interesting opportunity for looking at how different life is now for women and especially mothers. Amy didn't really pick up the thread, though. She also had all these people "in the booth" with her, and it seemed like another ploy to distract people from hearing what she had to say. But she mostly just got them to read chapter titles. Hearing Patrick Stewart read her haikus was pretty awesome, though.
I would like to see Amy write a second book where she cares less whether or not people like what she has to say. It's ironic because her extended message is to say whatever you want, do whatever you want, and be whoever you want, and she just doesn't seem to be taking her own advice. She keeps deflecting onto other people as if to avoid having to say anything she feels. I get the sense a bit of distance from her divorce and young children will put her back into her confidence and allow her to write from a more powerful place. She really was her own worst enemy in writing the book I think. I still think she's incredibly smart and funny and talented. I just wish she'd get out of her own way.
Jeremy Irons did an amazing job narrating. It was incredible to find yourself inside the mind of someone doing something pretty terrible, and kind of feeling with him. It's an incredible book, and it accomplishes one of the most difficult things for a book: giving you a look inside something that makes you feel really uncomfortable, and allowing for a range of emotions other than just disgust (though that's there too sometimes for sure), like pity, awe, a sense of beauty, and lots more.
You spend so much time with Humbert's frustrated and powerless longing that you end up feeling with him and/or feeling sorry for him. When he finally gets some power, you can barely watch, and you hate him, but you still feel for him on some level and want to keep following his story. Only an amazing author can take you through that emotional arc, I think.
I wasn't sure I would like the book because of the topic, but it was a very enriching experience. Aside from the topic, Nabokov is absolutely a poet--his descriptions are incredibly vivid and cinematic, and the writing is absolutely gorgeous. Some passages you could listen to over and over, they were absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend the book, though you certainly have to be willing to be a bit uncomfortable to get through it--which is what I think a truly good book does!
I found that while some of the advice may have been useful, the general tone was really pandering. There were lots of moments of the author calling her readers "ladies" in this "we know it's hard for you to do this, but just try a little harder, okay?" kind of way.
Nope! As a woman in business, I wanted some encouraging and bolstering advice, and I felt like the whole book was apologizing for me not being strong enough to have big ambitions in business. I agree that sometimes it's good to keep businesses small and work that way, but there was so much talk about how emotional women are and all the stereotypes that make business a hard world for women to inhabit. Business books I've read that were for any gender (i.e. men, of course) were much more useful, and I did like Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In for its practical advice for women in business.
Sure, she did fine with her material, and I'm sure she was directed to be a little more emphatic or overdramatic because of the writing.
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, 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.
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.
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