Brief, but poignant. Really worth hearing, although occasionally a little hard to understand the accents, for us northerners. This is already heading towards being considered a classic. An ideal audio selection.
Listening to Bill Clinton read his autobiography is kind of like having him sit down next to you because you said, "So, Bill, tell me about your life." It's a history lesson, a fascinating personal story, and an interesting political take on what's happening in this country. And yes, there is plenty about his failings, since I have to admit to prurience, as well as plenty about his amazing strengths, tempered by great humility on his part.
I don't usually like abridged books, but I had read that some critics considered the book too long and rambling, and thought this would work. It absolutely does. Hearing his familiar voice telling his own story is riveting. I'm so glad that I listened to this on audio.
Andrew Weil has built a kingdom on his advice on healthy eating. Ordinarily I stay away from people who are advice gurus, but his style is so no-nonsense, and he explains so many issues so well (I never understood what insulin does before), that I not only learn a lot, I really enjoy listening to him.
Dr Weil is the narrator/speaker, and it sounds a lot as if he is giving a lecture. The content is so interesting that the rapid fire way in which he gives information is a little disconcerting. Surely if people are listening to an audiobook, the chances are pretty good that they are not somewhere where they can take notes? I was walking in the woods as I was listening, and I think I missed a lot because I didn't write it down. Oh well. He's still worth it.
What a wonderful book. Sometimes, in listening to it, I could hardly breathe waiting for what happened next. There is an edge of tragedy here, starting with the real tragedy of the death of twin girls. Death, renewal, the way families are formed and changed, marriage and love affairs - this book tackles large ideas. On top of that, one of the main characterw, a foster child, is a child of color, and that is handled especially gracefully, with a focus on him as a person, not as an icon of his race.
I liked the characters very much - they seemed real and the way they dealt with life rang surprisingly true to me. The only thing I didn't like was the narrator's cloying and breathy voice. She often trails off as she reaches the end of a sentence, in an annoying way. Her voice seemed wrong for this book.
As a great fan of Bill Bryson, I missed his wry and self deprecating sense of humor in this book, Although it was interesting, I didn't find it easy to listen to, because it was dry. I know this is an abridged version, and it felt like that to me. There was a choppy feeling, and not enough of his trademark interesting little tidbits. Still, I probably wouldn't have chosen it if it hadn't been a Bryson book because it isn't an area of great interest to me, and I did learn a lot about what is clearly a fascinating field. I just would have liked it to tbe a little more personal.
This is probably a must-read (or must-listen) for every woman. As with all things in psychology, it is the study of the obvious, except that human beings don't see the obvious when it is right in front of our noses. I found it remarkably helpful, and will listen to it again.
The book has different stories used as examples, and moves quickly. It is read by the author, who has a somewhat flat voice, but one could easily imagine sitting listening to her, a real person, giving a talk on this, and she often interjects comments which sound as if they are not in the script.
After I heard this, I felt buoyant, because she so clearly described feelings that I have struggled with, and gave straightforward suggestions for dealing with those feelings. She is not talking about mental illness here, but about the way women in our society do not deal with anger in a way that helps us to better negotiate our lives. I thought her ideas and presentation were terrific.
I hated to have this end. Although it could be considered a coming-of-age story, as someone who came of age long ago, I loved it. Beautifully written with a range of complex characters, it is a wonderful story. I especially liked the voice of the reader, and the way she gave each character his or her own voice. An exceptional choice.
Although it is uneven and occasionally it rambles on too long, I found this book riveting. To see the world through the eyes of someone with a disability which cannot be changed, has altered my view of many things - I will never look at a small person again without compassion and without trying to see him or her as a normal person, with dignity. And then the wartime setting is also extraordinary - I was especially fascinated by the short memories of the townspeople she lives with. I often think of this book. A really compelling read.
Although the protagonist speaks with a remarkably cultured voice for a slave, the cloying and often flat descriptions do sound authentic to the period. I loved the mystery of this book - was it really written by a slave, or is Gates pulling one over on us? In any case, the narrative of her sad life is shocking, because it is hard to imagine that so recently in our history we could have deprived human beings of their fundamental rights. Certainly worth listening to - in fact, perhaps more interesting to listen to than it might be to read.
I didn't find Bill Maher that funny or clever, and I didn't especially enjoy listening to him rant. Maybe I was expecting Michael Moore? In any case, this book didn't do it for me, and I found it hard going to finish the book, in spite of the great title.
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