Have to say that Sawyer handles aliens better than he does humans. I loved his "Calculating God", but I found this one a bit difficult what with his trying to deal with a somewhat dysfunctional human family and the resolution of marital and familial discord.
I really enjoyed this book. Great to listen to, so I bought the e-book to see it in print and re-read because I felt that, in listening, I lost a lot of the detail. Not to demean Audible books, but there's only so much you can assimilate when listening. I felt that Schiff made the characters seem like "real people" who did not look the hieroglyphic style art that we see of them. (Think Steve Martin on SNL). That was the picture of Egyptians (ancient) that I had prior to reading this book. Little did I know that Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian, but Greek. There's so much history here, presented in an interesting and human fashion. Cleo, herself, J. Caesar, Marc Anthony, Octavian, Cicero, Plutarch, et.al. Interesting that Cleopatra's "reputation" has been defiled over the centuries, much like Mary Magdalene's, which most likely neither deserved. A very good read!
Love, Family, Oneness
Can't choose between Otto and Rinpoche. Rinpoche is open to anything, has transcended anger and loves life - he has fun and is game for anything. (Goofy Golf?) Otto is a "good guy" and knows it, but he's still searching for "what it's all about" and doesn't know where to look.
His voice for Otto is kind and you know he's a "good guy." He has a cute and believable accent for the voice of Rinpoche.
There were a lot of them....Otto's relationship with his wife and children, especially his daughter. You can tell he loves them and vice-versa. Also, when Otto figured out that his sister and Rinpoche were in love. Otto became very perceptive during the trip. Hilarious moment....Rinpoche on the beach in a Speedo.
Just a really good, tender, feel-good book. Also compelling and funny.
No - my book club read The Age of Innocence a couple of years ago and I don't think I made it through that one either. This is also for book club. My problem with it so far (only to chapter 2) is that I can't understand the narrator because she speaks so rapidly AND has some sort of an accent. I've gone back to the beginning about 5 times and still can't concentrate enough on it for my mind not to wander.
Yes, though I'm sure my criticisms don't apply to the entire genre.
See above - speaking too fast and with an (?) accent. I tried to slow the speed to .75, but that delivery wasn't good - sort of stuttering.
Didn't get that far.
I may try to get this as an e-book to read in print, but I'm thinking it may be a waste of money. Maybe I'll try a sample first.
Yes, because the narrator gave the characters a human voice and connection, even 2000 years ago.
The advice to the candidate about how to "schmooze" people and to make promises that you know you can't keep.
A human voice
I can't really see this as a film.
It was so interesting to read this political advice treatise from so long ago and to realize that these historical figures were real human beings, not that different from us.
As a habitual procrastinator, I was hoping for some easy strategies to change my habits. I felt that I got more empathy than advice. An interesting read and I'm glad that I have fellow procrastinators, but I wanted more "fix-it" info.
Don't think there was an "ending."
No because this one didn't help much.
Very high - probably best non-fiction.
Not a story exactly, but a well-researched treatise on the American diet and its history. I especially liked the recounting of how the "Mediterranean Diet" came to be accepted as the "healthiest," and about how diet "experts" were attracted to seminars in warm southern European spots (Mediterranean) and subsequently settled on the diet of the region as healthy with only sketchy evidence to support that conclusiont. Also, the lack of evidence, because of lack of studies, that women and children would benefit from a low saturated fat diet....and the fact that poly-unsaturated fats were healthier, which caused a sea change in the American diet with dubious results.
I liked her narration. I don't believe I've heard any of her other performances.
No....too long, and a lot of info to digest.
I don't accept all of Teicholz's conclucions as gospel facts and have read some critiques of her work which raise significant questions. But I do think that research on diet has been headed in her direction. Witness, the Atkins low carb diet, which was derided as ridiculous and unhealthy for years, but now has gained a lot of mainstream acceptance.
Just wasn't very interesting. Don't remember too much about it, but that says something, I think.
Sure, no problem with him.
Oh, dear - I don't remember any.
Though not usually true, I found the movie much more engaging and funny than the book upon which it was based. Maybe I already knew all the jokes?? I stopped listening about 2/3 of the way through because, well, it was boring and I knew the end. The women - love interests - weren't fully fleshed out in the book, but they absolutely were in the movie.
Maybe - depends on subject matter.
I thought he did a good job with what I would consider mediocre prose.
The scene in which Miles steals from his mother. I thought his economic problems could have been brought to light in a softer way. I felt that way about the movie, too, although the scenes were somewhat different.
Hilarious movie....not so much the book.
The story was well written and interesting and concerned something I knew little about. I found the complexity of forging works of art incredibly compelling - and it could have been dull. There were nice twists and turns in the plot which kept me reading and listening since I had both the e-book and the audio book. What I did not like was that the story was told in present tense. This was much more apparent and awkward sounding when listening than when reading print. Everything that happened was actually in the past and the protagonist (Claire) was doing the recounting. If someone else, the author, say or a fictional narrator, were telling the story, it could be told effectively in present tense, but not in 1st person and present tense about things that have already happened.
Have to say Claire. She was a person "in-the-making" - young and finding her way in the world. She was honest with herself and not afraid to show her youthful naïveté.
In general, the narration was OK. However, the men all sounded alike and had a croaky, gravelly voice. They sounded like old men and I think they were supposed to be fairly young. This is one of my recurrent narration complaints - men trying to sound like women and women trying to sound like men Sometimes more than one narrator is called for.
It would make a great movie!....so yes. I'd love to see the art-work or copies of it (pun intended) that was being spoken about. Also like to see the process of forging or copying art. The men would be played by male actors, so they'd sound like men. And be young and good-looking, too.
I'd give this 3 1/2 stars if possible..it's not quite 4 IMO. All in all, an enjoyable read.
Maybe, depending on the subject for McCullough; yes for Edward Herrmann. I enjoyed his narration. Also, because I listened to the abridged version, the woman who voiced the parts that I assumed were the abridged parts to bring us up to date. Clever to have someone with a completely different voice do that so that the listener knows what's actual text from the book. Wonder if there'a an abridged print or e-book that fills in the holes.
Pretty much the same question above? I selected the abridged version because of the length of the book in its entirety. I know I wouldn't have lasted through 20 some-odd hours of this. So, doubtful that I would select another book by McCullough unless it was about someone I had an interest in.
His voice was pleasant and easy to understand.
Well, other books he's authored - I know he's been rather prolific. Otherwise, not much.
This is not my favorite genre - I read it because it was a book club selection. I found the beginning rather confusing since Theodore, pere, and Theodore, fils, were both referred to as "Theodore" many times. So I had to re-listen to the beginning of the book to sort that out. I wish he had differentiated them whenever they were mentioned, at least until Daddy Theodore died.
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