Probably not, but I might leave it at a beach house or on a boat for someone to find. There's nothing deep about this book, but it's heartwarming and pleasant. Just right when your in the mood to lounge. It's a book about second chances.
In world filed with formulaic genre novels, this work deserves to be called literature. Thoroughly entertaining. The author does such a beautiful job unfolding her story that I won't say a thing about it, lest I destroy the revelation. Thank you, Diane Setterfield.
It's one of the most entertaining, though disappointingly short.
It had lots of interesting real life stories and even a dose of redeeming social value. I would definitely approve of including this in the public school reading lists for 9th or 10th graders.
I think Paul's master work was KISS. He got a good story out of that, but he seems more like someone interested in setting the record straight than someone interested in telling a good story. I'm not sure writing is his calling.
It came across as whinny and defensive, which was increasingly hard to bear as the book went on.
Sure....it was really interesting to hear about how a major cultural phenomenon, like KISS, came to be. I very much liked the John Robinson books ("Look Me In the Eye", "Be Different", etc.) and it was interesting to see the story of the pyrotechnics and light up guitars from a different angle.
I enjoyed listening to this in bits and pieces, while driving or washing dishes or doing other things that were incompatible with reading print. At those times, I crave mental simulation. When I have time to sit down with a book, I'm often too tired for something that wants careful consideration.
It let me view things in a new perspective and introduced ideas I hadn't thought of before. Even when I disagreed with the conclusions or wanted to critique the research design ... Or ask a question that was glossed over....I was, at least engaged. Whatever your beliefs, this book is likely to challenge them, but even when it made me mad, this book, at least, kept me thinking and interested.
He has good vocal modulation that uses in the right places to keep things interesting. He makes the reading feel personal, as if he's talking directly to you instead of reading from a prepared text.
This would be a really fun book to read in a group and discuss.
This was recommended by a stranger, a Nora Roberts fan, who said it was the best in a long time. The best thing I found about it is that I can listen when I'm half asleep or distracted without missing much. It's kind of clichéd and predictable. The characters are sort of corny and unbelievable.
I wouldn't run away screaming, but I don't plan to seek it out.
She's a good reader with a steady pleasant voice that doesn't distract from the story or grate on the nerves. I think she's the main reason I didn't throw the away after the first sappy swoon or sensationalist murder scene.
Avoid cliches in my painting......ugggghhhhh, the art described seems inspired by a dated concept of cheesecake fashion photos.....cringe!!!!!
I think this is very much a genre piece. This combines romance and mystery, so if those are your thing ... And you enjoy the fantasy of characters firmly cast as sympathetic good or greedy evil with no surprises, this might be for you. I prefer something a little more exotic.
This book is an essestential philosophical romp. It's playful and humorous, and sometimes sad.....but never boring.
Constraints of time, space, culture and the generation gap are transcended.
The elderly Buddhist nun. At first, I was disappointed by Ruth's reading of her own work...but either she got better as the story went on or the story was so good, I simply didn't care.
Someone should take Ruth Ozeki out to dinner....maybe an awards dinner! I'm definitely looking for other books by her.
I bought this in hard copy first, Then, bought the audible because I had to do chores and drive and things requiring eyes and hands, but I couldn't bear to put the book down. The hard copy has really interesting footnotes, which I missed. I can't wait for my friends to read this book so we can talk about it.
People who are disillusioned about men and looking for validation of that opinion
I think maybe I just don't like his personality or approach to life.
I found his voice really irritating or annoying, as though he was trying to portray the coarse half-hung over sex-driven bar fly that is the worst mono-dimensional stereotype of what men can be. It didn't sound like a natural voice, but like someone faking it.
It does portray a strong point of view.
This book is at the same time boring and troubling. The author tells of a journey of self-hatred in which she finds traces of what she identifies as male qualities, such as aggressiveness and a desire to hurt and dominate women, in her early history and then cultivates the very traits she found objectionable, in what almost seems to be a self-challenging show of bravo, until they become her identity. What she becomes is nothing like any man Ive known, but someone acting out the worst most superficial stereotype imaginable. There were many sex scenes, but they were dull and boastful rather than erotic. I had hoped that the book would give insight into the reality of men from the perspective of someone who'd experienced both sets of hormones, but it seems clear that this author doesn't like men very much, even though she opted to become one, and therefore can't portray their reality in an engaging way. It somewhat reminds me of stories about Amish youth who take a year to see how the rest of us live, but get into trouble because they assume life outside the church consists of constant debauchery: The story of that year makes you feel sad for the individuals involved, but doesn't tell one much of what the non-Amish world is like. Likewise, this book doesn't tell me what its like to be a man from a special perspective of someone who can talk to me as a woman or give me insight into an experience broader than this author's own dogma. I will confess, the book became too tedious and repetitive and I ended up deleting it after finishing only about a quarter.
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