This is by far one of the best audio books I've listened to! The stories were all quite different, with different narrators to match. The best of them were utterly haunting. The words and voices cast a spell on me, and linger with me still.
My favorite stories really stayed with me. The stories themselves are lovely, dark, beautiful things, and the actors reading them were perfectly chosen.
My favorite stories were the silk weaver, the massage therapist, and the scarecrow ones. They seemed to get at a dark, true element of human psychology in a way that realism never could.
I highly recommend this audio book!
Absolutely. He does a great job of explaining basic science in the context of testing medicines. He breaks down experimental design including how to explain resulting data. He explains clearly what makes a good and what makes a bad study, and why this is important. He really explains how the human brain works--why we understand numbers differently depending on how they are reported, and how the placebo effect works. I often see people claiming they are smart so there couldn't be a placebo effect happening to them. Not true. It is not about being smart or dumb, but about being human. Excellent info.
The guy who sells vitamin pills to people with HIV in Africa. The prevailing narrative in my part of the US is the big pharma is evil and natural medicine good and pure. This turns that narrative on its head. This guy is absolutely evil and caused countless deaths and suffering all in the name of profit. I was absolutely outraged at this chapter. It is a must listen.
This isn't one particular scene, but overall I liked how scathing he was towards science reporting--which exists to sell newspapers not to inform the public. It is really upsetting how they create controversies then when the controversies are resolved never close the loop on the reporting.
The author has a distinctive voice that meshes well with the narrator's voice. Definitely arrogant and chatty. It didn't bother me but I can see how it might bother others. This was a LOT of information, I will probably have to listen to it again to absorb it all.
Maybe. The three narrators were great for differentiating between the characters, and each did a good job.
I thought this book was kind of a mash up between Gone Girl (unreliable narrator) and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (exploring how a woman was abused and how it impacted her). It's not particularly deep, but was the kind of book that kept me listening. Let me tell you I really cleaned up my kitchen because I didn't want to stop listening!
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Masterfully written, the author brings together many first person accounts and weaves them together into a seamless whole. It helps, of course, that both Captain and Emma DeLong are fabulous writers in their own right, as is Melville.
Yes, it was difficult to put down. Although towards the end it was so painful to listen to their story, that I had to take breaks.
This is the most raw, powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking book that I've listened to or read in many years. As soon as it finished, I started it over again. I never do this. It reminds you of how it feels to be young and so very much alive. How love and friendship can save you. How sometimes you need to leave everything to save yourself, even if this means breaking your own heart.
The first time Park holds Eleanor's hand. I've never heard hand holding described in such a sensual way.
Sensitive performance from each of them. I particularly loved Sunil's performance, he captured Park's quietness perfectly.
The ending broke my heart. I kept looking at the time, hoping for more.
The narrators of this were stellar! I would have loved reading the book as well, but they did a great job of interpreting the characters.
Where to start? This story has so many twists and turns. It examines a marriage and what it means to really "know" someone in a unique and twisted way.
How can I choose one character? They were both wonderfully done. I found myself totally convinced for and rooting for one then the other as the story unfolded.
I have recommended this book to everyone I know! It's great!
The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.
No. I loathed this book. I actually only got it because it was chosen for my book club and I do make an effort to finish book club books. It felt terribly dated, particularly the treatment of the female characters. Really all of the characters seemed like cardboard cutouts. The main character was incredibly dumb and made consistently poor decisions. Which made no sense as he was chosen through an extensive screening process...
Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.
If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!
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