Rostrevor, Australia | Member Since 2008
This is one of the best books I've heard or read.
There's a lot to love about this story. I was not a particularly fervent fan of tennis or Agassi in particular, but this was an excellent story that really gives you an appreciation of the very normal, very human aspects of those in elite competition. To hear how many people who make their work look effortless are battling every day was a revelation.
A story of hating tennis. By one of its greats.
I'd gladly listen to Unwanted Thoughts syndrome again (in fact, I already have). There are some great laughs in here.
Maria Bamford has been at the top of her game for many years now - this is comedy how it should be done. Great insight and seamless integration of character pieces with other thoughts.
It made me laugh!
I would definitely listen to Lorelei king (though this is probably the weakest reading of hers that I have heard), and will probably try Patricia Cornwell again - though this title puts me off a little.
I would not really recommend Red Mist. It has interesting ideas within, but I found it a little plodding in pace. This may be in part about the nature of the story. The conflict is a little emphemeral and the climactic scene seemed to me to come from nowhere and be resolved by the time you realised it was happening.
I also found Kay Scarpetta as the narrating character a little annoying in a way that has been occasionally present in other books, but not to the extent I found here. A lot of passages waxing about why what she is choosing to do is right and good. Some of what she does in this story is simply not the right, reasonable or helpful thing to do, because even if your only experience of law or forensics was Cornwell's books, it would be clear that Scarpetta was compromising the case and herself. This would be okay if someone in the story at least mentioned it and some kind of convenient reason was invented (I found myself thinking of several convenient excuses), but instead we have legions of people acting like the sort of behaviours that Scarpetta herself has criticised in past books are not ridiculous, but to be encouraged. And as it goes on, she continues to take a moralising tone to what she sees.
I'll separate this into two parts. Early on, I found myself thinking that King's performance felt a little less interesting and perhaps a little less polished (slight accent slips) than previously. A few pronunciations seemed odd, but this doesn't bother me too much as I find that pronunications of scientific procedures and terminology often vary from country to country (and sometimes even from discipline to discipline within a country) - though late in the last half hour, the word "Collegey" (rather than college) seemed to be a genuine slip.
My second thing to comment on in the Australian accent late in piece. Okay, I'm Australian so I may be hard to please on this, but it really felt like a copy of other people's faux Australian accents rather than a real attempt at the accent.
For all that I've said, it was *okay*. Just lacklustre.
I should say firstly that I got the free version of this book, and don't know whether that varies from the commercial version (the lengths seem to be the same). I'm grateful for the freebie, especially as the commercial version was on my Wish List at the time.
Reviewing the publisher/Audible description now, it is not misleading, but perhaps my wishful thinking (having read the fantastic Predictably Irrational), bestseller status (and my poor interpretation of what that would mean) and placement of this as a Psychology book made me expect much more of a research-based consideration of human groups written for a general audience, or at least a greater focus on some of the names mentioned in the blurb.
This book is actually of the Anthony Robbins/Zig Zaglar style of business/motivational books. I do think that these have their place, but it is not at all what I was expecting. Apart from brief (one-two paragraph) mentions of case studies (such as the names mentioned in the blurb), this is entirely the author's leadership philosophy. If you want someone to tell you why you should be a leader, buy this. But don't buy it if you wouldn't buy a book called "Why YOU Can and Should Be A Leader".
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