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Sherborn, MA, United States
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My Father Left Me Ireland audiobook cover art

Short on True Insights and Originality

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-19

I found this book disappointing as it never says much past the quick summary of the book ("man finds meaning in his Irish heritage after growing up without father.") Much of the non-personal content feels based on gross oversimplifications or just lazy rehashing of conventional wisdom (e.g., his take on current cultural trends or his clear but unnamed reference to the Jordan Peterson phenomenon). Another example is his rehashing of conventional wisdom on comparing revival of Irish language to revival of Hebrew (a quick google search will show you recent articles by Irish writers telling you why what this book relays is wrong.)
Finally, this intellectual laziness is also reflected in the structure of the book--organizing it as a series of letters to his father doesn't really work with the material. and feels more like the author just borrowed it from some recent best-selling non-fiction books.

The Bible of Unspeakable Truths audiobook cover art

Annoying, Nasty Tone Ruins It

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-10

This guy can be funny at times--though after a short time, his humor starts feeling really formulaic--but what really makes this unpleasant to listen to is the tone. It's like listening to the worst, angry, blowhard, frat-boy you can imagine.

And most of the times, he's just not 1/10 as clever or funny as he thinks he is. (An example, is repeating gag of him asking the recording engineer for some water, which, if you listen to audio books a lot, has the potential to be funny, but just turns out predictable and stupid.)

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