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Not the book you were looking for

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-19

Yes, Gary Chapman wrote one great book. No, this isn't it. Read Seth Freedman instead.

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Haven't stopped talking about this book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-16

There are so many people who have not been to the countries Cohen describes his experiences in. Political enthusiasts and armchair foreign policy academics would be well-advised to listen to Cohen's observations and anecdotes so they can base their perspective on some level of interaction and history rather than the political drivel of journalism written by non-adventurers. While reading about the status of other people and other governments I learned about the quality of my own government. These stories are inadvertent mirrors and to some degree a warning to not discount the importance of the desires of a generation that repeatedly gets overlooked when we discuss the whims of governments. I wish more people had the persistent curiosity Cohen did and would meet strangers in their comfort zone, seek emotional connection, and ask probing questions about their perspectives and history. I have more to talk about now with the next Iranian, Iraqi, or Syrian I meet than "what do you think of the news". After you read this, you don't get to be a garden variety dumb American.

It's a great variety of voices

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Haven't heard some of these narrators so it was a clever introduction. Not a lot of terms that were new to me so it mainly scratches the itch for exemplary enunciation.

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Looking forward to the rest of the book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-13

Where does The Facebook Effect (excerpt) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Would be low on scale of books with plot (it's not really a story) but high in books that make you think.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Facebook Effect (excerpt)?

The story on how Facebook facilitated a revolution against the FARC.

Which scene was your favorite?

Actually, I really enjoyed the interview with the author by Zuckerberg's sister. I love behind the scenes stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Again, it's a book that makes you think. I didn't laugh or cry, but I look forward to the rise of the generation that grew up with Facebook having always been there. Will be interesting to see how that generation views the world.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss the interview at the end. I look forward to reading the whole book.

Expands your view of the US's context

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-13

If you could sum up The Post-American World 2.0 in three words, what would they be?

America's future explained.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Apparently Fareed Zakaria's favorite character on the world stage is BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China). I'm starting to root for China after reading this book.

What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

He opened up a new perspective of where the US is in relation to the rest of the world, and made me look at our economic status in a more optimistic yet critical way.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Didn't make me laugh or cry. But it made me think.

Any additional comments?

Read this with an open mind from the beginning and you'll start seeing the signs of him being right all around you.

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If you like soap operas...

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

Reviewed: 06-02-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was well-spent time because it gave me a look at other kinds of stories J.K. Rowling was capable of telling. I love J.K. for the Harry Potter books - absolutely loved them. But as we all have different kinds of friends for different facets of our personalities, J.K. has a different storytelling style to demonstrate, and I wouldn't have seen it were it not for this being an audiobook. I don't think I would have been able to finish it if it weren't an audiobook.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The first half of the book felt boring. There's so much of the book that depends on backstory and so much less focus on plot or pace. I would have made more plot and faster pace.

What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He helped me finish the book. I'm glad for his diction and clarity, and some of his voices. I do like that he put effort into injecting tone into the dialogue and left it out in the narration.

Was The Casual Vacancy worth the listening time?

I read it on 1.5x speed. I would have been happy to listen to it on 1.75x speed if it were available but 2x speed was too fast. The first half of the story you just need to knuckle through, and that's totally doable when it's an audiobook.

Any additional comments?

It'll be interesting to see how the movie turns out. It'll be easier to keep the characters apart when watching a movie because for two thirds of the book I had a hard time telling the characters apart except for a couple of them.

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