Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.
Really didn't like this book. It was vulgar and if you have to depend on dropping the f* bomb for every other word, your writing skills are seriously lacking. Listened to it as long as I could stand then returned it.
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The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
The story started off well. A good descriptive narrative puts the listener at the scene. Poor Theo loses his mother, his grandparents don't really want him and his father is a deadbeat. How unlucky can a guy get? The disasters keep on coming..seriously?? Then there is the Russian influence (accents well done) but another twist to the plot. I kept listening to see what would happen next....sometimes not much, as there were thoughts, more description and more description and more thoughts.....it would have been a much better book if it were half the length. The ending was a bit weak, I felt the ends weren't tied up to my satisfaction and possibly if there was some deep insightful meaning, I missed it. ... unless it's "life sucks and then we die."
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
I really liked this book, but something is wrong with this just too perfect guy. ..I've dated guys like this, so my antenna was up! and sure enough he was a bit too perfect...It was a bit far fetched but none-the-less interesting. Makes for a good read on quiet day. Then you get to wondering, "do I have any friends like this? of could someone I know be in this position?" I did "creep me out". so the book did it's job.
Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.
If you need to fall asleep, listen to this. The idea of an updated version of Kind Lear is a good one as this still happens in modern day society, but this version just didn't do it for me...
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Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?
Well perhaps being familiar with testimentary capacity and undue influence, I was really looking forward to this book. The plot was set fairly early as weathly man dies and does not leave fortune to family....simple. Well it really didn't get too much more complex than that and of course the family were made to look like money-grabbing selfish children with an exaggerated sense of self entitlement. Really? The authour couldn't have added a few unexpected twists? Things got a bit better by the last few chapters but it was a lot to read throught without succuming to sleep...and that southern drawl, while necessary I suppose to the setting was really annoying. It was a book that I thought had alot of potential to be great but ended up being ...sleep inducing.
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Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night?
In 1912, 1500 people lost their lives when the ship sunk, mostly due to hypothermia in the seas of the North Atlantic. Now listeners of this story of the survivors, are at risk of a slower death...by boredom! The way the story is stretched out is akin to saying to an author,
"Here is the basic story of Cinderella. Now stretch it into a
10 -volume set!".
I think the premise is interesting, as you wonder what happened years later to people who have survived a disaster. How did it affect them? How did they cope? But the author has dragged some simple stories on..and on...and on..
I do find it quite useful however, when it put my earphones in at night, as generally, when I start listening to the story, I'm asleep within 10 minutes.
14 of 32 people found this review helpful
A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.
This is the first book of her series that I read, and like her style and story so much I've read to more of her books. Not disappointed! They are comically told stories spun around a mystery, so you get both. I will read more of her writings as I enjoyed this one so much.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
When 11-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself contains.
I started listening to this twice...I can't stop falling asleep, which is why I can't get into this book. I just don't think I can start a 3rd time...it's just ...YUK!
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MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
I bought this audio book because of the 5-star rating..I can't understand what is going on and basically I've started listening to it 3 times and still don't "get it" and maybe why I think this book just stinks. Way too many adjectives, and it goes on and on about I can't figure out what??? I might try the other books in the series first, but only if someone gives them to me free...won't pay for any more of this author's work.
5 of 23 people found this review helpful
Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a very important part of this vital organ has been overlooked in most books - until now. The Other Brain is the story of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material ("glia" means glue), glia are sparking a revolution in brain science.
Wow, even though I am in the medical field I found this book a tough one. The level at which things are explained are more suited to someone doing an advanced degree in neuropsycology. There should have been some sort of warning...do not attempt this at home....very heavy, very detailed, very in-depth coverage of the brain. This book is not meant for us with "regular" brains, only those who are "brainiacs" should attempt to understand this one. All it really did was confirm that I do not posses enough white matter...or grey....and probably am deficient of some synapses too. Oh well...
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