When I first started listening to the book I was about to engage in a difficult conversation with a person I love dearly. Having "read" the first 3 chapters by the time the conversation took place I had received a good reminder that the person I love dearly has a perspective different than mine, and that if I could step outside myself for long enough to listen to that perspective, the conversation might end differently than if I refused to listen. So I think that what I liked best about the book that it offered a simple concept, and it offered the lesson pretty quickly.
It depends on the friend. Friends who like cliches and fairytales might enjoy the entirety of this book. And folks who like easy reads might find it engaging throughout. However, those who are searching for a bit more depth in literature, or who don't appreciate trite endings, probably wouldn't be satisfied.
The Noticer reminded me to think before speaking, question before accusing and finish what I started.
I thought this was a good book - not bad, not fabulous. I picked it up at my brothers' suggestion since my brother seldom suggests books for me to read. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if the ending hadn't been so corny and exaggerated. ... Also, while I think I understand what the author was doing when deciding to create a "Raceless" protagonist, there was something that bothered me about that decision. Maybe, if the author hadn't brought attention to the unidentifiable race (such as simply not mentioning the skin color or eye shape at all), that would have been enough. Instead, the author brought to attention that different folks called him by different names (one traditionally african /american name, and another a traditional hispanic name) and couldn't identify his skin color. That action discredited the reader, in my opinion; it told me that the author did not have confidence in the reader to see beyond the color him/herself, and so needed to blatantly (but not directly?) point out that "Any Man" (emph. on Man) could be so wise to point out the power of perspective.
Maybe I'm all wet on my interpretation, but I took that away. Decent book overall; I'm appreciative of the recommendation. For most, though, I'd probably be inclined to simply share the moral of the story than suggest someone read it...
Yes. I found that this was a relieving book to read/listen to. While some find it heavy and sad to consider death and cancer in teens, it reflected my reality (having known many with cancer - both teens and otherwise - but not having it myself). I appreciated Hazel's and Gus' cynicism towards cliche personalities and behaviors and enjoyed stepping into their lives for a while. I normally listen to non-fiction books so this was a nice break.
I liked Hazel because of her sharp wit and cautious heart, and I also enjoyed her dad even though he was a distant character. I enjoyed how completely Rudd created each character and personality, though I confess that there were some things about Augustine that I couldn't stand.
Yes. And had I not had multiple destinations while traveling I would have. But it kept me good company while traveling from Indiana to Michigan, then to Wisconsin, and back to Washington state.
We are connected.
possibly something by Pema Chodron...
Loved Rohr's honesty and vulnerability.
Some parts made me laugh and some parts made me cry. My reaction most of the time, though, was to rewind, replay, and reconsider what he had written.
However, I have not converted to Catholicism (nor do I anticipate doing so).
Excellent book. I will read and re-read this over and again.
This is one of my favorite "lighter listens". I'm not much of novel reader, but I do like the simplicity of children's books though I rarely read them. I read Le Petit Prince in french while in high school but don't remember getting as much out of the story then as I have 20 years later.
The Lesson by Carol Pearson. I doubt it's an audiobook, and it's significantly shorter, but it's a wonderful story.
He did the voices so well. And I could visualize the story as it was being told.
... if only I could be as creative as the little prince I might come up with an appropriate tag line :).
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