As someone who grew up going to church most weekends, yet currently consider myself agnostic, this book described a God unlike any description I have heard before. While a bit unusual, I find the possibility of such a God to be more logical, believable, and understandable than the description I have heard in the standard christian churches today. From a philosophical perspective, this book proposed ideas and a mindset which promotes greater happiness in my life. I am glad I listened to it, however I think the lengthy interviews added to the end of the audiobook were a waste of time.
Not from the author, but I would listen to another book read by Porter. I expected Gabaldon to gloss over the absurdity of having her character traveling back in time, but instead the time traveling, trying to get back to the future, and wondering how the character's actions were affecting the future was actually THE primary theme of the book. My angst with the author's handling of that topic overshadowed the rest of the book and kept me from enjoying any other aspects of the story, such as the romance... which I only found to be mediocre.
No, I don't care for her storytelling. She's too long-winded, and events don't seem to have any deeper meaning or tie together to any understanding of some point... like an action movie that you see just for its special effects and explosions.
It was well read by Davina Porter. If you want a long tragic romance novel, then this is your book. Be prepared to buy the series, though, because nothing is concluded in the 22.5 hrs of this book, instead you will be enticed with a reading of the first 30 minutes of the next book.
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Malcom's writing and reading style produced such a fine book to listen to. It ties together several stories in an informative book that is also fun to listen to.
This was a fun story that was well narrated. Listening to this added a great deal of understanding to the movie. I think the book and the movie (at least the currently released first movie in the three-part series) are very complementary because the movie never deviated much from the book, so it's fun to enjoy both.
While I really like the some of the concepts that the story discusses about theology and intelligence, the vast majority of this book is spent just figuring out a bunch of pointless clues. I leave this book feeling like I should have just listened to the beginning and end, and completely ignored the uninteresting scavenger hunt that comprises the majority of the book. Additionally, Paul Michael reads so slow I found I had to listen to the book sped up (2x speed on my iphone) to get through it.
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