If you think you will gain any insight that may be of help in your own life don't look here. It's not uninteresting but it's certainly not helpful. Just a litany of the lives of some creative people without insight.
Lack of insight.
His performance was fine.
I stopped listening.
He's a good narrator, has a great story but the fictitious stuff, sorta cute, if confusing at first, rapidly became annoying. He needed a better editor. And he's a little to thrilled about his own fabulousness.
I love everyone in this book (and movie). I love Cary Elwes. I think they are all nice people but the book is flat. It sounds like it was ghost written (which is was), filled with platitudes, repeated stories and saccharine sweetness. It needs better writing and editing.
Pleasant, English, flat. Sorry Cary. He's a good narrator but the telling is flat because the writing is flat.
It was enough.
The book is written devoid of the cleverness or inventiveness of the movie.
Too much alcohol and drugs. To a point that it becomes unbelievable. (and I have nothing against either of them). I lived through that day and age, although not like that, but it just doesn't really make sense in the 21st century.
It was a trip down memory lane. Loved hearing about their lives. Hard to imagine a bunch of poor kids becoming so very famous and rich so fast and not being destroyed by it all.
His performance was excellent.
Apparently the author took art analysis lessons from Sister Wendy because it was floridly narrated, filled with fanciful, over blown descriptions and the book was highly fictionalized.
Remove the transcripts of the trials. Or limit it to one. Way too tedious to listen to.
The narrator made every single word sound as if it was the most important word on earth. His elongated sh's were highly annoying. Every Italian word was pronounced to within an inch of its life.
The transcripts from the trials and hearings.
I recently came from Italy where I saw a great many of these paintings. I studied art history. The author's assumptions about what the artist was thinking when he composed and painted was simply over the top. It is clear, too, that the author's own religious views play a big part in his analysis of the paintings of Caravaggio.
I thought I was buying a book by Sam Harris the religion writer. But this Sam Harris turns out to be an actor/singer, it is not so much a story as much as a collection of memories that are not really connected in any way except that they are about him. I really enjoyed it but Mr Harris ought to be aware that the people (particularly taxi drivers) who wear turbans are Sikhs not Muslims and the accent he uses as "middle eastern" is, in fact, Indian.
Great Courses promises more than they deliver.
Not really sure.
There is no real history of the common man. And certainly not of woman. It's a waste of time. I got bored and stopped listening after a few hours of nothing interesting.
There were some good ideas for talking to people about god and religion.
Not at all.
Sounds like George W Bush
I'm not sure I understood what I was buying but I find the idea of proselytizing for anything to be annoying. Made some good points though. I found the comments on line by religious people who disliked his message hysterical.
Spent too much time running down theories of people with whom they disagree (Richard Dawkins, for example) and trying to convince me that God exists. Would have been a much better book without that. And didn't need it either, would have been perfectly fine without it.
He was a good narrator.
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