I missed the golden age of radio by decades. It was a peak in the pre-television days when this was entertainment that people looked forward to. The sitcoms of today will be looked back on like these radio dramas.
Beyond table manners & thank you note etiquette, Alkon reviews what we already should know about coexisting with other human beings. Tips on dealing with noisy neighbors, tipping and people who want to change seats with you on a flight. Advise on what to do when cancer shows up in your circle of friends or you spill a cab on your host's white carpet, sofa or both.
Funny & helpful without any Polyanna sweetness or prim and proper superiority that could have easily crept in.
Give to all your friends for the next gifting holiday or tomorrow (just to let them know you are thinking of them.).
Funny, honest, funny.
Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.
What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!
I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.
If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.
A story would have been a good start.
Genre? Is there a genre of whiny personal journal highlighting the writer's expectations and personal shortcomings?
I feel sorry for the narrator. The author was probably too embarrassed to read his own work for the audio.
Boredom. You can her more entertaining stories listening to other's conversations at a Starbucks.
Save your money. If you must know what the Chateau is like, go and see for yourself. Or do something else you love. Live the life, don't listen to the book.
From the cheesy new age background music to the smarmy delivery of the text I knew immediately that this book was not for me. The music was so distracting and the lack of content quickly left me cold. Nothing could compel me to complete even a third of this short audiobook. Listen to the sample first. Past that, I have no idea if the book offers any valid suggestions or not.
I listened to his book a few months ago. Nothing about it sticks in my brain except that there was nothing to it that I had not heard before. Which may be good because I don't recall any glaring errors either. Still hours spent listening to something that was neither memorable nor contributed to my knowledge or well being was not a good use of my time.
That said. If you are a geek and tend to know a lot about spiritual well being, neuroscience, plasticity, integrative medicine, and such, this is not the book for you. If, however,this sounds like something that you might be interested in but don't know where to start, this might be a good intro.
No, because the information was easy to absorb and clear on the first listen. However, I could see someone re-listening to it easily. Also, it's not a book that you have to read from start to finish. It's easy to do a chapter or two one day and then another chapter the next. You won't get lost.
I have purchased books by Gildan Media before and been sorely disappointed in their production and content. But, since this book was recommended by a friend, I thought it would make a good commute book and if production disappointed, I'd just read the book. Either they came to the realization that they needed quality voice talent or it was just a stroke of luck, but Karen Saltus' read of the work was wonderful. Engaging, nice pace, a few mispronunciations or possibly regional pronunciations, but, nothing glaring or that I can even remember now. I'm not saying that I'd listen to Karen read the phone book, but I'd sit and listen to her read the Yellow Pages ads.
Sheckley has often been compared to Douglas Adams, so, I won't hesitate to compare them here. Where Adams knew just how long to linger on a subject before it got old or preachy, Sheckly did not. One example is how long after he had made a point he kept conversations with the main character and the city dragging on.
It was dated and rather preachy.
Hodgman's other work, particularly in Year Zero has been much better. His characterization of 'the prize' was interesting, but, other characters were less distinct. I wonder if this had more to do with who was directing the production than Hodgman himself.
It's been a couple weeks since I listened to this and the characters were so forgettable that I can't recall one.
After listening to this book and a few of his short stories, it's obvious why people are not eagerly reading his works today - they just didn't age well.
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