Maybe it's the writing, but my real problem with this book is that the narrator sounds like every word is a life or death situation. I listened to a few chapters and then had to stop - I couldn't take the voice anymore. I just wanted her to relax and tell the story without so much power behind her voice. I enjoyed reading (rather than listening to) A Woman in Red - another book by Eileen Goudge, but this one suffers as much from the narration as it may from the writing.
I usually love Anna Quindlen but this book never got off the ground. Maybe it was the narrator, but I found the writing tedious, the character development shallow and ho-hum and had to force myself to keep going - hoping all the while that I'd come to that magic moment when sticking with it becomes worth the effort. That never happened. The topic could and should have provided a rich landscape for exploring the meaning of life and death, of families and how we create boxes for each other that do a disservice to all. But the whole thing fell flat. I wouldn't bother with this one.
The Beatles. Bill Gates. Chinese rice farmers. Such a motley crew. Who would imagine that they have so much in common. This book had me from the get go just like a good novel would. Authors reading their own work is risky business but Malcolm Gladwell ROCKS it. He knows his material so eel - and it's so interesting - l that it feels like he's telling a good story rather than reading nonfiction. And he's as good a narrator as any - great inflection, perfect pace, fabulous content. Who could ask for more?! This book opened my eyes in wonderful ways to what it takes to be successful. And his insights into the real problems with our educational system, was worth the entire book. If you are reading this, GET THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.
I enjoyed this book a lot. Good story. Great narration. Kept me guessing on the "who done it" part the whole way through. Kinda contrived in a few places but generally an engaging read. Even if the press had not blown the whistle on the real author, I would be looking for more Robert Galbraith books....nice to know that the Harry Potter series was not just a fluke of timing. JK Rowlings really can write....a pretty good detective story too.
I LOVED How We Decide by the same author and was so looking forward to this one. As is the case with How We Decide, the content is magnificent - an awe inspiring look into creativity - what it is, how to support it, how to nurture it, how NOT to kill it (which our current education system is doing.) Unfortunately, the author chose to read this one himself and that was a mistake. It's not so bad to scare you away from buying it, but it is irritating and at times, frustrating. He swallows words and I found myself going back to re-listen. The CONTENT IS FASCINATING tho, and in the end, worth the irritation. If you are at all interested in creativity, I highly recommend it.
Tuesdays with Morrie was one of my favorite listens. Morrie's willingness to share his final times and Mitch's ability to
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