Based on the first half hour of this book, I thought I would love this story. The main idea is based on a bit of history (there were, in fact, "practice babies" used by home economics programs) and runs along beautifully until the main character, Henry, starts to move toward his teens. At this point, the author seems to get bored with her original storyline, and instead crafts Henry into someone rather drab, predictable, and unlikable. To me, the character felt inconsistent from his early descriptions and lacked growth throughout. Despite this flaw, I did enjoy the author's use of historical events throughout the tale (somewhat reminiscent of Forrest Gump), and especially the foray into the inner workings of Disney in the 60s. The reader did a great job with what he had to work with, and the pace and intonation were well done.
Five stars for the beginning, dragged down to three by a lack of good character development midway through to the end. I felt like the author lost her passion for this story somewhere along the way, and made up for it with an over-focus on historical events. Not a bad listen, but there are definitely better options out there.
I love Tony Robbins, don't get me wrong. He's brash, to the point, and definitely a tour de force in the positive psychology and NLP world. This audiobook gives the listener a great taste of the Tony basics. However, it is NOT a reading of the book. As other reviewers have already stated, this brief reading spends about half the time trying to convince the listener to either buy a book or attend a seminar. If you're aware of that up front, it's not a bad listen. However, listener beware: this is a high level overview; for the details you'll have to go elsewhere.
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