Its variety! Each story was truly something unique and different; there was certainly no predicting what would come next.
Mr. Tobolowsky's honesty, candor, and humor.
To choose a single "favorite" would be impossible because the book was highly entertaining.
The stories that stand out the most in my mind having now finished the book are the scene from the grocery store and the scene involving the stray dog. The aforementioned for hitting me with something I definitely did not see coming, and the latter for absolutely tearing at my heartstrings and making me cry in car.
Had that been a remote possibility, I wouldn't have ruled it out. Given that the book is almost 12 hours, that was not really going to happen.
A great listen.
For the sake of full disclosure, some may find the beginning of this book a little slow; it's opening focus heavily on the conclusion of the Civil War. Personally, while I didn’t necessarily know I had an interest in the topic, I learned a great deal as a result of listening. Also, quite obviously, this is vital information in terms of setting the stage for Lincoln’s assassination, for had events pertaining to the war played out otherwise, history, with regard to John Wilkes Booth, may have unfolded differently as well. Once discourse pertaining to the war is pretty well wrapped up, the story people are likely expecting from the book begins.
The intricacies and nuances with which Lincoln’s life and the assassination plot are divulged are absolutely staggering. If history were taught in school the way it is presented in this book, I have no doubt the majority of people would love to learn about the past. I seriously struggled when I had to put this one down, and I was absolutely fascinated by what I learned.
I would easily recommend this book to any and every reader. Even if the early portions on the Civil War aren’t your cup of tea, I would beseech you to stick it out for the sake of getting to the core of the book. It is absolutely worth it for the marvelous depth and detail you will encounter describing... Lincoln’s final days; the unbelievable planning, preparation, luck, and misfortune that made Lincoln’s assassination possible; and the aftermath that ensued once Lincoln had been mortally wounded.
YES!!! And I have! To my sister... my best friend... even my brother-in-law... who, by the way, loved it! This audiobook has universal appeal and something for everyone.
I feel in love with both the story and the storyteller. The fusion of the tale and the one telling it was PERFECT!
She is so animated!!! And authentic.
There were many.
The one that stands out off the top of my head was the one involving her best friend and her dog...
This one is a must listen! I am sure the book is great, but hearing the author read it herself makes it exceptional.
This book contains some EXCELLENT fundamental principles. (I read/listened with a particular interest its relevance to an academic/educational setting.) However, I quickly discovered that this text is riddled with repetition... ad nauseam. The same EXACT concepts and examples appear over, and over, and over again throughout the course of the book. Certainly, I can understand the importance of driving home your point; however, there comes a time when enough is enough. Personally, I found this “technique” monotonous, ineffectual, and even borderline insulting to the intelligence (vis-à-vis reading the very same thing four, five, six + times within the span of a few hundred pages). I also thought the book’s poorly planned/executed narrative actually undid/outweighed a lot of the positive elements it possessed.
Overall, I thought this audiobook was a good listen. (I always prefer those read by the author, so it had that going for it right from the start.) The subject matter of the story really captured my interest, so I was eager to get started. I though Dr. Alexander did a nice job building up to his time in coma, neither belaboring nor rushing the story. As a professional in his field, I also thought he did a commendable job keeping the language and explanations of the medical aspects of the book in terms the average person could understand. While I certainly understand a near-death experience (NDE) must be a terribly difficult thing to try and describe, there were times I found these portions of the story a bit difficult to follow. On the whole though, I thought the story was excellent, and I was moved by Dr. Alexander’s experiences and the central message—that we are loved—he conveyed in this work.
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