The Starcatcher series tells the tale of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. These books (we just started the third in the four-book series) are so well written, I can't understand why they aren't better known than many other similar but less well written series for kids (I won't name any names).
They are the kind of books both kids and adults can really enjoy and get into. They are packed with suspense and laughs. The characters are extremely engaging and believable. The stories are fantasy and nevertheless are so convincingly set out that you find yourself completely immersed in them.
The second book in this series is just as enjoyable as the first was. I highly, highly recommend the Starcatcher series for great family listening.
I enjoyed these lectures on US contract law. They were presented at a fairly high-level, as you'd expect, but I felt they hit all the key areas. Professor Cross has an amiable, easy style that makes the lectures very enjoyable and hopefully less intimidating for non-lawyers.
I wanted to give the lectures five stars across the board, but I felt the need to withhold a star for two reasons. My reasons may be minor and may something to do with my preferred style of learning, but together I felt they warranted four instead of five overall stars.
First, for a somewhat complex topic like contract law where many topics/sub-topics are covered, it would have been helpful to have been given a "road map" and then reminded of it from time to time. By a roadmap, I mean a summary of the topics to be covered and their roles and important inter-relationships and status report of which we'd covered and which we were still coming down the pike.
Second, I felt that the professor should have been more precise about the facts of the cases he mentioned. It was a bit weird to first hear something, `This was a case about the purchase of a boat by a policeman` and then, `No, sorry, it was a case about a car bought by a policeman or a fireman or someone`. The legal point the professor was making was not lost because he got the relevant facts right, but the confusion about other facts seemed a bit unpolished, especially given the relatively small number of cases.
One more point: it would have been nice to have the case names so the keeners among us could have Googled them.
Still, overall very enjoyable.
I wish there were more law-related lectures like these available on Audible.
It was interesting to finally hear this play. You can see almost at once how this story profoundly affected the next fifty years or so of British books, movies, and television.
I though it was the Monty Python crew who had invented that zany kind of comedy. Now, I'd say they just updated and perfected what they learned from this play.
And that too-clever and insanely fast banter of old British movies? Yup, it seems to come from this play as well.
The play is a bit dated now, of course, but was still funny and very fascinating to listen to.
This is definitely probably the most intense audio book (well, it's more like a radio play for those of you who remember what a radio play is) I've listened to.
I watched the movie many eons ago and it was great and intense as well. But this was on a par -- probably better in the way a book is almost invariably better than its movie. The voice acting in this production was really phenomenal.
I found this story as disturbing today as I did all those years ago when I first encountered it. (Remind me never to be accused of murder and place my fate in the hands of a jury of my peers!)
This book deserves its reputation as being very well written. The premise (man turns into giant bug overnight) is completely implausible, but the writing was good enough that I could suspend my disbelief with modest effort. The narration is also very well done.
That said, I was left wondering whether I'd gotten the key point. If I did I imagine it is that no matter how serious or weird a thing that might happen to a person, their loved ones' sympathies will eventually wear thin and they'll begin to see that person as a mill stone around their necks, financially at the very least. Then they will likely want to get on with their lives without that person.
If that's it, fine. It's a valid observation. Maybe because this book has a reputation as a classic I expected a bit more. Specifically, I expect classics to both make profound observations about life AND tell a really great story. (The second being more important than the first, in my view.) This book made its profound observation, but its premise seemed a bit more bizarre than would seem really necessary.
Four stars overall. Worth reading.
The final instalment of this series takes place many years after the preceding adventures. This makes for some interesting situations. We find out how much things have changed during the intervening period and get to meet Wendy and her brothers, among other new characters.
As with the earlier books, this one is very exciting, funny, very well-written, and excellently narrated. It was a fun romp for my kids as well as for me and the missus.
This is a fun read if you like
(1) cooking and being in the kitchen, and
(2) books that explain the origin of things as well as the science and relevant historical facts.
I do, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's voice is also very pleasant to listen to. She made me laugh when she did her American and French accents.
Fun book, neat information, and great narration.
I see a lot of positive reviews for this book on Amazon. But, I read it and was not impressed.
It did so little for me that now that as I sit down to write this review, I can barely remember what it was about (something along the lines of daily affirmations and writing stuff down). Also, it had a strange unedited feel to it the way some older non-fiction books do.
Anyway, in my view there are many practical and better written books on the subject of "making one's dreams come true." "The Now Habit", "Eat That Frog", "Getting Things Done", "The Compound Effect", and "No Excuses" are just some I'd recommend.
I suggest staying away from "The Four Hour Work Week" (snake oil) and "The Secret" (hogwash). If you're a fan of these two books, my apologies. Some very fine folks do think they are very good and helpful. I'm just not in that camp.
Listening to this reminded me of why I really liked Kurt Vonnegut's novels back in the day. He's funny and generally makes his points directly and effectively.
I found his contrasting of the current acceptance of the "eye-for-an-eye" retribution rule In the Code of Hammurabi and rejection the forgiveness and kindness directives in the Sermon on the Mount particularly interesting.
NOTE: If you are not a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or are very conservative in your thinking, you will not enjoy this.
This semi-autobiographical novella was written by a noteworthy author in relation to his experiences in and views on the First World War. The narrator read it very well. The story, though, was somehow disappointing. I lost interest and stopped reading about two-thirds of the way through.
This was John Dos Passos' first book and he went on to enjoy critical acclaim for later books. To be fair, then, I'll chalk this book up as a good freshman effort.
You may find the book more interesting than I did if you are a fan of the author or just can't read enough about WWI.
This is my favourite type of classic. It is an exciting and thoroughly believable story coupled with a great writing style and profound themes that really resonate. It`s full of action, suspense, hope, fear, love, caring, pride, humility, and insight. I was very impressed and my first thought when I finished the book was: `I have got to share this with my sons`.
I listened to this classic from start to finish uninterrupted on a long airplane flight. Doing that was a mistake, though. I was cheating myself. For a short book, there is a heck of a lot packed in and its messages are presented quite subtly. Without time to reflect on what I'd just read, I (rightly) suspected I'd missed quite a bit. So, the day after finishing it, I undertook a bit of research to see what themes I had missed. I`m glad I did and now have a much better appreciation of this fine novella. I suggest you do the same if you get a similar feeling when you finish it.
And --no surprise-- Donald Sutherland's narration is thoroughly enjoyable and worthy of this great book. At some points in the book it becomes mesmerizing.
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