I enjoyed this light read (listen) a great deal. No deeper message found within. I wouldn't spend hours discussing the story with my book club. However, this is a really fun and entertaining listen.
I thought it wasn't gonna be predictable but I predicted that part all wrong.
The story was ok. Boy and girl are attracted but fight. Boy and girl have crazy good sex. Boy saves girl repeatedly. Boy saves girl final time and mystery resolved in a very Scooby Doo fashion. Those meddling kids!
Meh. Double meh.
I actually listened to this on Audible rather than reading the book, which I have. I really WANT to give this more stars, I truly do. But I just struggled with this entire book. In the introduction he says (paraphrased): "trust me just because I know". Absolutely no explanation how he knows all things, nada. Just "trust me". Then he continues into some interesting and some totally fantastical ideas about the afterlife...out there stuff, mostly repeats of hundreds of other manifestation books. The truth is, I'd love to buy what he's saying, but it is tough. Dooley repeats what 500 quantum physics "The Secret" type books have said, only without any authority. He also takes it further with weird letters from supposed dead people. I think these letters from the dead could be very hurtful to anyone reading this trying to find some comfort about a lost loved one.
The audio version was done OK. I didn't love the narrator, but he wasn't too distracting. What was distracting was trying to figure out how and on what authority a former accountant magically turned knower-of-all-things.
I've purchased and listened to dozens of these things. Half the time the idiots who are speaking make grammatical mistakes or say something so glaringly wrong that I am jolted out of relaxation and aggravated. This guy has a calming cadence...if he spoke to me this way in the light of day I think I would scream. But he is PERFECT for falling asleep. Plus he gives positive and helpful suggestions. The others I've had, if they speak English properly at all, then they seem to fall in love with hearing themselves talk...meaning that EVERY time you want to get some positive suggestions implanted at night, you have to relisten the jag off explain how and why hypnosis works. What? Do they not realize that we only need to hear that once. Plus the odds are if you're buying self hypnosis or positive affirmations, you probably already "get" how it works. This recording launches right into the meat. EXCELLENT.
I WON'T EVER HAVE TO LISTEN TO THAT ERICK BROWN EVER AGAIN!
He does talk you to sleep and he's ok at that. But don't be fooled into thinking you're getting any "sleep learning". There is no "Law of Attraction" stuff either. This is an expensive five hours of white noise. Ocean waves for one track, music for another hour. It is five hours and not eight so it actually wakes me up early because it turns off when I need white noise most.
Two chapters explaining why this works...ok, skip them the second time you listen. But she talks you to sleep and it is very soothing and then BAM "CHAPTER 4" is announced loudly. Wide awake. Then I listened to her talking and I believe I was supposed to be asleep, subconsciously absorbing what she was saying instead of laying there annoyed with binaural beats throbbing in my brain.
I would really have loved this if not for the stupidly times chapter announcements and reading of chapter titles in what is supposed to be a sleep meditation. Common sense? Missing.
7.5 hours of ghosts, murder and Stephen King's unique and colorful brilliance. If you enjoy Stephen King's crime stories, this is a great listen. If you enjoy his horror stories, this has it too.
Not normally being a night person, I started listening to this late last night and couldn't stop until I finished it this morning. I purchased it in hopes of using it for a road trip this weekend...too late! It was just too good to stop listening.
I don't like to write reviews that give away too much of the story because I don't like reading reviews that are written like book reports for a college course. So I will just say that you will not be disappointed. Local amusement parks are always a bit haunted and creepy, unlike the Disneys and 6 Flags. Joyland was a great setting for a really great scary story.
The reader has a great voice. Although telling the story from the rear view of a 60 year old man, it was very easy to envision him as the college boy with a broken heart. Often the voices detract from the story for me. This book could not have been read by a better voice. (Although I love the Stephen King books that are actually read by Stephen King)
This not available on Kindle yet so whispernet is not available, but listening you can't go wrong. I wish I had it in front of me rather than already finished...this would have been great for my road trip alone, very scary!
Truly enjoyed is book. It was a straight-thru listen for me, so that's rare. The story was not predictable, but totally believable. Loved it. Exceedingly well written.
I began listening to this with every expectation of hating it. I fall for titles that sound like they're going to change whatever is wrong with me. Then I read the book and find everything wrong with the book and leave it with no change to my issues, except feeling superior to whatever idiot tried to impart some insight and failed...at least for someone like me.
This book came into my life at the perfect time. I won't spill all of the inspiration and GREAT advice that I now will work to build into my path forward...my move toward finally attempting to do with my life what I've always wanted to and realized at 40 that I was stacking years behind with no movement toward who I thought I would be long before now. But I will tell you that this book is one in dozens, maybe hundreds, that hit my sweet spot. Read it. Hopefully, like me, you'll find something to help you get started too.
I was tempted to write a 3 star review...once you read it, you'll know why. I just want the author to know that I am grateful for this book.
The story is good and overall this is worthwhile.
But the reader...without having any idea who she is or how old, all i could find myself wondering was "how many packs a day has she smoked in her short 65 years on the planet?" Sometimes she was bearable. But many, many times I was very distracted by her rasp. It can't be easy doing children's voices, but her breath control was horrible.
Some interesting stuff about the Channel Islands...which I had really not thought about more than the incredible dairy cows that come from there. (mmm, raw Jersey milk is my favorite)
The entire book is a collection of letters that tells the story. I enjoy first person stories from letters and diaries, probably because I feel like I'm taking a sneak peak into someone's secret life. Thankfully I got the audio version because the different voices helped me keep track of who was who. Good casting.
It wasn't brilliantly written, but I enjoyed it. I had one issue with the story. But once I got it, it stuck in my craw and annoyed me. The protagonist was a bit too perfect...strong, single at a time when a 32 year old single woman wasn't really all that cool, an accomplished writer, deep thinker, maternal, kind, honest, trustworthy, loyal...way too good to be true. And the abrasive American...really? We get one rep in the entire book and he has to be a self-centered jerk? This is a book about WW2. Shouldn't we get some props from THAT at least? I mean really, how do you think that whole fiasco would have turned out without the Americans? It made me wonder about the authors...So I looked them up and, to no surprise, they are from Berkeley. I lived in and love the Bay Area with all my heart...but PLEASE stop hating your own country. Americans aren't all bad. I may not measure up to the uber perfect heroine, but I'm a pretty good soul.
Aside from that I think this is a pretty good book. Enlightening and sobering in places, it finally comes together in a pretty entertaining way.
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