The book is fabulous, and the author's 15-years-later commentary just adds to the great experience. It feels like you're sitting with an old friend who's giving you life advice and encouraging you personally.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the audio quality. So let me revise slightly: It feels like your'e sitting with an old friend who is whispering words of personal encouragement into a brown paper bag.
Only have the audio edition. The narration is excellent.
The final one, which means that I'll be waiting just as impatiently for the third book, and with absolute confidence that it will be excellent.
The characters are all very distinct in their portrayal. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I did love Jackson's cadence. Alana' Kerr's delivery of his "oh my lovely" was chilling.
I'm sure I laughed a few times, but more likely, I bounced up and down in anticipation of a great reveal, or recoiled in horror at surprise twists. It was a very exciting ride.
This was worth every penny. I'm looking forward to re-listening both books again, to catch more of the nuances that I missed, while holding on for dear life on the ride through the first listening.
I fully expect to read this book again and again. It addresses a fundamental issue in medical care: What does success look like? The answer is not necessarily "to sustain life." Especially in end-of-life situations, as this book makes profoundly clear, the measure of success is not based on medical outcomes, but on the desires and objectives of the patient and family. This is VITAL reading for anyone supporting elderly parents, elderly spouses, or any loved one with a life-threatening illness.
The stories and case studies used to demonstrate the principles were spot-on, and the story of the author's own experience with his father's decline and death was particularly moving. Examples of "good deaths" were illustrative of what's possible, and examples of less "good" outcomes were cautionary.
The narrator did a great job, and I was charmed to discover when listening to the interview with the author at the end of the audiobook (BONUS! Interview with the author!) that the narrator sounded very much like the author.
I laughed and cried many times throughout the book.
Modernization. Despite the disclaimer that the genders of the roles in the Games are "without prejudice," the content of this book is ridiculously sexist. An unexpected side effect is the compassion I now feel for the era my mother lived through.
I don't know. I'd check more carefully before I purchased, certainly.
The underlying concept of certain types of social encounters being "games" with payoffs, and the distinction of people operating from their Child, Parent, or Adult roles was tremendously useful.
It was definitely worth the listen, but I'm glad it was short, and I had to grit my teeth and overlook the extreme sexism to get the benefit of the underlying concept.
The first two verses are hysterical, and the introduction and narration by Samuel L. Jackson are priceless. It loses its punch after that, and it was only love for hearing the narration that kept me through to the end.
Great narration; wonderful, compelling story.
I wish this were the author's initial draft, not the final product. The premise is charming, and the level of detail about Hemingway and his writing is tantalizing, but thin. The unexpected multiple-universe plotline is Douglas Adams-esque, and adds to the novella's potential. But it gets weighed down by a hefty slice of unnecessarily detailed sexuality; the kind that makes you think "that's what a 15-year-old boy probably hopes women are like." If the same level of detail went into the intricacies of the plot twists, alternate universes, and Hemingway lore that went into the sex scenes, and the sex scenes had the same level of detail as the plot, universes, and Heminway have, this would rate a 5.
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