This was a great book. It suggests a very caring and appealing parenting approach and the author's logic is hard to disagree with.
I have already strengthened the relationship I have with my son using this author's advice and that to me is a priceless reward for buying "Parenting Without Power Struggles". My only quibble is that while the advice in this book will probably work with less compliant, stronger-willed children like my daughter, it seemed to me that it would take a long time to have the effect I needed to happen ASAP.
I found "Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child" worked quickly and effectively for my hard-case daughter, who was starting to drive me crazy. But, if I also follow the "Parenting Without Power Struggles" approach, I am sure that will deepen my relationship with her over the long-term. So, I'd recommend both books and both approaches, despite this author's distaste for time-outs and consequences.
This is a very powerful story about the point of life. It illustrates, through an explanation of the life and death of the main character, Ivan, that we should all take a hard look at how we live our lives and our assumptions about that.
[SPOILER ALERTS from here on.] Ivan does everything seemingly right in his life. He studys hard, gets married to a women from the upper crust, has children, has many friends, is popular at work, entertains the high society folk, eventually becomes a judge, and fixes up his house, work, and social life so it's all very "comme il faut" (stylish and enviable).
Then he is struck with an illness which to me sounds a great deal like cancer. As it drags him slowly and irreversibly toward death, Ivan is mentally tortured. He cannot figure out why, beyond the obvious cold terror of his approaching demise, he is so misable, frustrated, and angry. By the end, he finally gets it. His life was, in the final analysis, wasted. Perhaps he could have died with more peace of mind had he focussed more on giving love and kindness to others. In his last moments he does a bit of that, though, and leaves the world with some measure of happiness.
Wow. Heavy stuff. But it certainly rings true. Your BMW won't come and visit you in the hospital and your kids will probably never say, "I wish dad was more distant and harsh and spent less time with me."
On a final note, Simon Prebble is a reallly fantastic narrator. He did this profound story justice in a way I think very, very few others might have been able to do. At the very end of this book and his marvellous narration of it, I was so moved I had to wipe away a tear or two.
This play is beautifully presented. The actors are fabulous. (In my mind I kept hearing Fat Tony from the Simpsons every time Roma speaks, though. "Let us meet and greet this individual.")
I found it a bit challenging to follow some of the twists and turns in the story towards the end. That's not surprising as it is a play and if I had been watching it instead of listening while driving in rush hour traffic, I could have better segregated the characters and their actions in mind.
I did not take off any stars on that score, but may try to locate a copy of the movie just to get things straight in my mind once and for all.
I enjoyed Professor Cross's lectures on U.S. tort law, as I did his other series of lectures on U.S. contract law. Professor Cross has an amiable, easy style that makes the lectures enjoyable and less intimidating sounding, even though the topic is law.
My only quibble was that I had wished the professor had been a bit more precise about the facts of the cases mentioned. It would also have been nice to have the actual case names so the keeners among us could have Googled some of them.
As I've said before, it would be great if there were more law lectures like these available on Audible. I'd buy them.
(Here'a a suggestion, Audible: How about Blackstone's Commentaries? I've always wanted to read those. Has anyone prepared an audio version of that classic?)
As you can see from the other reviews, the consensus was the acting in this play was excellent. I agree completely.
The story is a fun, fantasy tale about a fellow who falls into a dangerous, alternate reality existing in the sewers, subway lines, and elsewhere under London. For some reason, I found it very funny that one of the characters was named the "Marquis de Carabas" -- a reference to the story of Puss in Boots.
Lots of drama. Good fun. Highly recommended.
Another great novel in the family-friendly Star Catcher series. Again, like all the others in the series, this novella has great writing and benefits from really great narration.
In Blood Tide we learn what Peter's friends were up to back on the island of Neverland while Peter and Molly were in London. [SPOILER ALERT] It's an adventure with intrepid kids, nasty pirates, intimidating mermaids, fearsome tribal warriors, and red algae.
If this is your first book in the series, you'll want to read Peter and the Star Catchers first. There are two other novellas like this in the series, btw.
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.
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