Lindon, UT, United States | Member Since 2011
Homeschoolers love this book. Why? It points out (and exaggerates and makes blanket stereotypical statements about) all the ills of public education. Public school education has its problems and in an ideal world we could all be tutored one-on-one by George Wyeth as Thomas Jefferson was. (google TJeD) Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. There are so many issues brought up by this book it would take a hundred volumes of the same size to discuss them all. What came first - the chicken or the egg? the breakdown of education or the breakdown of the family? This is a good listen. It will make you think...unless you can't because you grew up in a public school as I did. (sarcasm)
Jim Dale & Charles Dickens. What more needs to be said. Combine a great author with a great reader and you have a great audiobook.
The book had potential as did the others in the series but I got the impression she wanted to be done and so wrapped it up by saying, "the end." I did think this was a better series than The Hunger Games only because I liked the main character better. My 13 year old loved this series but hated this book because of its ending. I didn't mind the ending as much as I disliked the beginning and middle (too much of the same thing). One book would have been enough.
Emma Galvin puts as much life possible into the story as she can. It is well read. The story, however, needs help. Tris is supposedly Dauntless or Divergent showing aptitude for three faction but I think there should be another faction of Ditherers. She could be their leader. I think I had my limit of indecision, crying, lying, and whining. I guess I will have to see why my 13 year old daughter likes this so much (though I do get a fair amount of crying out of her too).
I'm a dad that reads the books his thirteen-year-old daughter reads so we can have discussions and just to be informed. Keep that in mind as you look at my ratings. I find the main character in this novel to be more likable than the main character from the HG novels. At least I didn't want to strangle her midway through the first book. It is well read and entertaining. My daughter has devoured the books and that always makes me happy.
Anne Lindbergh (the aviator's wife) collected her thoughts on life lessons/behaviors/needs while sitting on a beach in Florida. While her published work is aimed at women, her advise is sound for everyone. Live the simple life. Seek quiet moments for yourself in meditation. Interact intimately with others. Be unified in your marriage. Expand the neglected sides of self - heart, mind, and spirit. Seek to become whole.
The narration is not dry. Ms. Colbert reads and enunciates as if she was the author which brings the right amount of passion into the audiobook.
The price - I bought it on sale
It's a narrative
learning why it is I procrastinate. I will write about it....later.
I haven't seen the movie but may rent it after having read the book. This was a fun premise and I imagine if it happened in real life, people would still assume the poverty stricken, uneducated person cheated.
If you have no interest in Star Trek or have not seen the old TV series or movies, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you are a trekkie like me, get this book and enjoy.
A good actor can't make a dull read any better. This is my second time through Gatsby - the first when I was in high school - and I find it just as boring the second time.
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