This book is told in snippets of quotes from people who were there in the beginning years of MTV. It shouldn't work. But it does. I honestly was bummed when it ended. I am of the MTV generation, and it was enlightening learning about how the networked started and how it helped -- and sometimes hurt -- music. Fascinating.
I loved this book when I read it in college years ago and never forgot some of the integral scenes. Denis Johnson is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of my favorite books of his. His writing style has changed over the years, but this, his first novel, is still one of his best. It can be hard to read for some people because of the subject matter, but it's a piece of literature, not pulp fiction. Give this book a chance if you love great writing.
I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, and I liked a CAT. I'm not a cat person, but Dewey is more than a cat . . . he's a person in cat fur. The story is about an entire town and I fell in love with not only the town, but its inhabitants. A beautiful, simple story of how an animal can galvanize people and make a difference in the world.
I adored every second of this book. I didn't know who Janis Ian was when I started it. Audible recommended it to me based on my past purchases. I'm so glad I took Audible's advice! I believe that this book won a Grammy, and I can see (and hear) why. The narration is great, the story is heart wrenching and told beautifully, and it's interesting to learn about a slice of life and a time in this country that you might not have known about before. A MUST listen!
LOVED IT! The combination of a heart-wrenching story with miraculous writing makes this a winner. Did I mention that I LOVED IT?
The unique insight into a horrible brain event from an author who is an expert on brain function. As horrible as her illness was, she turns it into a charming story that will help anyone dealing with understanding stroke or another brain event. Even if you're not interested in brain function, this author's story is interesting enough to carry the book.
From the very first sentence I knew that this was going to be a difficult book to listen to, and also a book that I would not be able to tear myself away from -- and I was right. It's the account of the author's horribly violent rape, and what happened in the aftermath. A memoir like this could be very self indulgent, but the author pulls it off beautifully. I literally stopped everything I was doing to listen to this book, rapt by the events, the emotion, by the author's honesty and impeccable writing. It's a heavy topic, but if you can handle it, go for it. This is a winner.
I am often reluctant to read celebrity memoirs because of the potential for whining or the special remove that celebrities often have from real life, which can be annoying. However, this book did not operate that way. Rob Lowe accounts his life, both his personal life and his encounters with other celebrities, in a matter-of-fact way that keeps the narrative fresh. He is at the same time aware of his celebrity, but not in awe of it -- or himself. His grasp of story-telling is great, and there's not a dull moment in this book. I was slightly disappointed that he didn't go into more detail about his very public scandal, but I understand why he didn't -- he wants to be known as an actor and a good guy (which he seems to be), not someone who's going to be forever tainted by a bad decision. Take a chance on this book -- at the very least you'll be entertained, and at the most, you'll be moved by the struggles of this public person's challenging life.
Rob Lowe's performance lends an extra layer of oomph to this book that someone reading it would not get. He mimics the voices of the other people in the book, mainly celebrities, very well, giving the narrative a lot of character.
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