Have you ever read a book that surprised you? I picked this one expecting a trash novel, but got an involving story with interesting characters instead. About 2/3s of the way through it took a wrong turn for me - but I could at least see how the characters might have made those choices. Then closer to the end it stopped being detailed and involving and seemed to run out of steam, skipping a week, and then months ahead with no mention of the life--altering decisions that must have happened in-between. Suddenly, everything is anticlimactic and sketchy.
Also, I'm gay and there seemed to be a very odd vision of what that means in somebody's life. I understood the Estee character's reasoning and motivations, and the cousin\husband's - but Ronit, the main character, while she was interesting and the character felt right, the choices the author made for her U.S. relationships felt false, except for the shrink.
But the first 2/3s of it were surprisingly good and the narrator had a great character range.
Calculus almost made sense. Not sure why this review system requires so many words. Review of Audible review system - highly annoying
Ben Miller explains science. Sounds like a nightmare but actually turns out brilliantly. Personal stories mixed in with easy bites of real science, how it's done and why it matters. This is my go-to audiobook when I want to relax without committing to a long plot.
Gripping stuff beautifully read. Forgot it was just one man reading. Will probably replay both of these many times. Excellent!
Haven't read the print version, but loved the narrator. Coleen Marlo is someone I will listen to again.
The humor, the stuff I learned about both chemistry and history, how the separate stories intertwined and created a real narrative.
The relationship between the Gettler and Norris. Particularly, how Norris protected Gettler's time.
Several. The Central Park story, the story that began in one chapter and ended in another, everything about Norris's political challenges.
Probably not. Although, I did enjoy it. Towards the end it gets a little slow.
Hearing Tina Fey read the book in her own voice added vulnerability and sincerity that I would not have picked up from the text.
It's autobiographical - the best character is obviously the author.
I keep reflecting on the way she described her father. The pride and yearning in her voice made an impact more than the actual words.
It was good. Exactly what I signed up for. Liked this one very much.
If they have a strong stomach and no terminal diseases. It's a bit disorienting the way Mary Roach approaches things that would repel most people. Found myself taking deep breaths to calm myself at several points. But having that kind of effect generally means the writing is deeply involving.
The narrator had such a different take on what she was experiencing than I would that her perceptions were as fascinating as what she was describing.
Shelly Frasier was the right narrator for this book. That said, the characters weren't fully differentiated.
Laughed, cried, got nauseous, banged on the steering wheel.
Do not listen on a full stomach. But listen.
Ronson's slightly snarky narration.
The journey from believing everything he was told to questioning the entire mental health industry was quite compelling.
Ronson has a definite point of view on the mental health industry and it shows. But he walks you through how he got there with humor and insight. Nicely done.
The guy eating the cheeseburger
When he talked about his sister and his parents
It's a lovely book if you really dig Penn Gillette (which I do). It's autobiographical stories that are funny, self-deprecating, and thoroughly entertaining. The title is misleading, it's not about signs you may already be an atheist, it's a walk through Penn's view on the world. LIke him even more as a performer after listening to this.
The story is pretty good. Kept me listening.
Possibly. I don't like this particular reading, but it may be the writing style that feels clunky. Not completely sure whether it's the reader or the way this author writes dialogue that is putting me off.
Predictable story, but told fairly well. The writing style or the narration is a bit clunky overall, but it kept me entertained.
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