Winnie the Pooh will never rate less than 5 stars in any universe that I inhabit, but Peter Dennis just had him all wrong. Christopher Robin can say what he will, but Sterling Holloway will always be Pooh in my universes.
Mildly interesting as a fairytale, but it stands out primarily for the quality of the narration. I can't imagine a more appropriate voice or a better storyteller. That's what it felt like; storytelling, not narration. Wonderfully done, Mr. Lesser.
I have a meandering interest in history that rambles from one epoch to another, often so disjointedly that even I forget how I end up in any given title. This course did a wonderful job of drawing many of the threads of history together into a cohesive narrative. The caveat, of course, is the need to keep in mind that the "Ancient World" of the title didn't extend far from the Mediterranean. I found that 'slight' to the rest of the planet somewhat disturbing, but the course did, nevertheless, provide a wonderful overview of the societies it actually acknowledged.
Should have written this review when I read the story. It's been so long I can't comment on it specifically, but I do remember quite clearly what I did immediately after reading it. I googled the author and added all his other titles to my wish lists.
I was of two minds on Karin Slaughter. I listened to this title on a long drive and found it at times a bit too slow, at other times a bit too dark. Considered changing it out for another title more than once, but continued on instead. And when it was over, I was torn. It was mostly the dark that disturbed me. Sometimes it just hit a bit too close to home, and other times I was disturbed by the fact that what weren't truths for me, are surely truths for others. Makes the world just a little too scary and far too sad. I wish it was fantasy. Now, though, I've come to the conclusion that I will surely buy more of her work. It almost hurts to say that, but her characters are still with me, and still haunt me. The stories are disturbing, but they are also compelling (if often far too real).
A quick introduction to the evolution of languages. Fun and fascinating. Definitely going to pick up some more McWhorter. He was a great lecturer/narrator, and the information was almost as much fun as he was.
Dead over a hundred years and his writing still amazes, both for his mastery and humor, and for his relevance. Doesn't matter which of his works I'm reading, that is always what I come away with. Absolute awe.
For this collection, I'm actually having trouble recalling the individual pieces (but it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet), but I do remember having to explain myself for literally laughing out loud on more than one occasion. For both my colleagues at work and for my fellow diners (and for most American's, come to think of it), one word of explanation is usually enough:
I usually enjoy books read by the author, but I agree with other reviewers that this book would have been significantly improved in being read by anyone other than the author. Admittedly, I've walked away from books in the past where performances were unbearable and I didn't do that here. I did listen through it all. But my first instinct on reviewing the book is actually to review the reading. Extraordinarily unprofessional. Was that a car horn I heard in the background? Was she shuffling papers? Did she record this at her kitchen table with a an old tape deck and cassettes? I kept waiting for a toddler to walk in and start babbling at her knee. And then there are the innumerable times she stumbles over words and even sentences. And the times it sounds like she's yelling, rather than reading. Let's just call it awkward. But I did listen.
A lot, if not all of what's here has been said before. It's more a compendium of popular psychology and current research than new insight, but it was motivating, none the less. And I obviously didn't listen all those other times I heard it, or I wouldn't have purchased the book. To paraphrase the author (and Dr. Phil) (and that guy who keeps spamming my mail with fitness tips), "Nothing will change if you don't begin." And that's still true. So if you're still looking at books like this, you probably need to hear it again. Go ahead and give it a listen. You may be glad you did. (Just be ready to turn the volume down when she starts yelling.)
I love Pressfield's The War of Art, and what you get here is the outline of that original and nothing more. There's nothing new here, and nothing worth the cost of purchase. It feels like a bit of sleight of hand, a new twist to squeeze juice from the rind. Or more appropriately, money from your pocket. It's not like it's simplifying a complex, difficult, or even lengthy read. The War of Art is less than three hours, utterly accessible, and worth every minute. This is just a scam, a rewrite of that title using nothing but delete. If you haven't read it already, invest your money in The Art of War. It's worth every minute and every penny. And if you have read it, don't waste your time or money here. You've already got everything Pressfield appears to have to say on this subject. Reread it. It's still worth it, even the second time. I give this title three stars only because the original information is still valuable. But I genuinely resent having paid for that information twice.
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