For fans of Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec or any of Nick's work this book is a must read. Offerman blends in personal accounts of him growing up in suburban Chicago and his philosophy on living a balanced simplistic life. Offerman delivers his dry wit and great sense of humor throughout the book giving insight into not only his personal life but his unquestionable work ethic.
I think when you look at how books are being published and how comedians write books the format is going to evolve over the next few years and Poehler is showing how it is done. Poehler has guest readers for sections of the books and have free interviews with former cast members and people she has worked with.
I would recommend this book to my friends or any fan of Parks and Rec, Saturday Night Live, or upright citizens brigade. The story has a lot of funny parts and cuts in some of Poehler's better work. The only issue I have with the book is that it is not in chronological order which makes some of the flow of the book fragmented and disjointed.
Poehler definately brings a delivery which comes off as authentic and sincere and allows the listener to truly feel like we understand the troubles she has with her children, the hard balance of her job and being a family member and the other issues of everyday life.
I listened to this book over a long drive to Connecticut and found it to be entertaining for both me and my wife who enjoyed the book as well.
Robert A. Caro's Passage of power is another fine example of his instense research and dedication of making the definitive work on Lyndon Johnson. The only issues I ever have with this series is the fine detail and little stories of the first few books are repeated in the later ones. I doubt anyone is picking up this series mid story so I don't understand why the stories are completely retold as opposed to just reminding the readers. I have to say though if my only issue with the story is the fine attention to detail then it shows how good a series it is. Grover Gardner as always gives a fine performance reading such an impressive piece of work. Highly recommended for anyone who loves good stories about the presidents.
Wow is this long! I have fully committed to finishing this serious on audio books and that I want to take advantage of all that I can get out of these books. Karo's storytelling is pretty amazing except for one thing. In some passages he completely retells a story from the previous book. Maybe it's me but I feel like if you are reading this series you can just mention the incident not just retell the whole story again.
That being said it is still a great book which truly shows the depth and intensity of the writing as well as the depth of research that went into this work. Grover Gardner truly shines in his telling of the book and his voice has the perfect pitch, pace, and style of reading that makes a work of this length go so smoothly.
Overall this book tells a great story of how the senate operated and how Lyndon Johnson was able to work within it. Truly brilliant.
There are very few books I will listen to after I see the movie, mainly because I then have the images of the actors and it dulls my imagination. In this instance the audiobook is an iceberg with the movie just being a small tip. I am not normally a military reader although I do enjoy a good work and this is the example. You feel for Kyle as a Husband and a father and one of the better stories is that of his wife; showing that the war not only affects the people who go but the people who are left behind. This story truly has layers and many people may not agree with Kyles opinions on the people he fought but everyone can agree that it is a tough struggle to be a sniper when women and children are used every day in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Every play a Beatles album backwards? Here's a trick I did with this and the following story. Read the author's note at the end of the book first and then read the book knowing what the other is trying to depict with each character and scene. The series is truly quirky yet flawless and has a great flow that will make you want to listen to all three books.
I want to start with I loved in 50 Years We'll All be Chicks, I thought Not Taco Bell Material, and I truly wanted this to be a third knock out in a row but finished more like a TKO by decision. I feel like this could have been the perfect book for Carolla to layout everything we need to fix and how were going to fix it, he does this just not as in depth of what we are used to.
In this final conclusion of the series I almost am sad that it has to end. It is the perfect ending of the series and the series as a whole had a not too short and not too long feel to it. When this part of the books end you feel pleasantly finished.
If you like Shakespeare and Star Wars this is glorious, the first in a series of three to chronicle the Star Wars trilogy as told by the Bard himself! If you are not a fan of one this may give you interest in the other. If you aren't a fan of either, you will probably rip your ears off before finishing. Overall very sold and one of the better performances on audible.
This is an amazing book in an amazing series I have grown to love these books but also have gotten to a point where reading/listening to all three back to back has exhausted me. It will be interesting to see when the final book comes out but overall I have enjoyed Karo's storytelling and Grover gardeners delivery. Highly recommended to anyone who loves books about presidents or history in general.
Bryan Bishop, or Bald Bryan as we know him from the Adam Carolla podcast tells us a story of growing up and ultimately coming to terms with living with an inoperable Brain tumor. The story of Bishop and his wife struggling through their wedding during this tragic time gives a glimpse of the adversity that a couple can overcome. This definitely is a good read for anyone who knows the struggle of surviving a tumor, or any fan of the Adam Carolla show. This is a very emotional and touching reading by Bishop as well.
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