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Great Book. Horrible Reader.
WHY do publishers hire audio readers who read as though English is not their first language? This guyy over enunciates everything and reads like he's reading a textbook. The delivery negatively affects the product. It's hard to be able tio listen to this book without being annoyed by the reader.
Debating returning the book because of it. REALLY sad.
Don't Resist this Book
I resisted reading this book for as long as I've been able. Something about the author rubbed me the wrong way. I can't quite put my finger on it.
Eventually, my curiosity got the better of me, and I read the description. It sounded EXACTLY like what I needed to read. I am the kind of person who wants to be better, but who--for the life of me--just can't quite get it together.
I KNOW I should pray daily, but I don't.
I KNOW I should go to daily Mass, but I don'tIt's that thing we all do. We KNOW eating better, working out, and doing right by our bodies makes us feel better. We know prayer, Mass, and spiritual reading does right by our spiritual lives.
And yet we don't do it.
Out of laziness?
I'm more than halfway through listening to this book and I think if I had the physical book, it would ALL be highlighted.
And, for the record, the author's voice is not grating or annoying. He ready calmly. His delivery does not take away from his message.
If you, too, a struggling to perfect yourself, but daily fighting the enemy that is you... then this is the book for you.
LOVELOVELOVELOVE this book!!
Maybe I'm just the perfect audience for this book, but I love everything about it. I love Gretchen's reading style. I love the content. I have learned SO MUCH and am eager to try out what I've learned.
SO GRATEFUl for this!
Listening to this book would put me to sleep...
... if it weren't for the reader.
Before downloading this book, I read the reviews about the reader's distracting Greek accent and how the content was essentially a compilation of online searches.
I thought, "surely, it can't be THAT bad!"
I was wrong. It is.
At first, I found the reader's voice charming. It did occur to me that having a heavily-accented Greek woman reading the book was unnecessary. I mean, I get it. Huffington is Greek and she sounds like this. But she's not reading the book. Her accent is unnecessary to the narration and, after a while, extremely distracting. Especially when she mispronounces words. This is not a biography. A native Greek reader is not necessary for the delivery. If the author really wanted her voice in the book, she should have read it herself.
As for the content, it really is badly organized and just a series of references to study after study.
For instance, I don't have kids, so knowing about how kids sleep, at whatever age, is not useful or interesting to me. But it's peppered throughout. And it drones on and on.
A whole chapter on dreams? WHO CARES?!
Like I said, this book WOULD put me to sleep if the reader's voice wasn't so grating.
A huge disappointment.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great Performance, OK story
Celie Imrie is a pleasure to listen to. I plan to see what other books she's read after this.
The story is good. Joyce is a wonderful writer. The plot just got to be annoying and repetitive. Without spoiling anything, I am just not a fan of people feeling bad for responding appropriately to the bad behavior of others. It's not your fault you were impatient. That person is a JERK. And this story has one big jerk in it, and I got tired of hearing about him. I felt this story was more about him than about Queen and Harold, and that drove me crazy.
I loved the parts about the other hospice characters, and Imrie's voices are just magnificent.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
FANTASTIC BOOK FANTASTIC READER
I recently discovered this series on Netflix and HAD to read the original. It's extremely well written, and the reader does a fantastic job with all of the accents, including Spanish and Cockney. Her voice is not annoying in the least. In fact, I can't wait to hear the next installment in the series. It's a gripping work that makes one realize how blessed we all are to live in such times when medicine and technology have advanced so. Still, it also allows you to see how beautiful life once was, as well. It makes me feel happy to listen to these stories.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Sure, You've Heard It Before... But So What?
Jillian's books a fun ways to motivate. her delivery is just as awesome and lively as she is, and the writing is well done. This book has lots of lists, though. I'd recommend getting the physical book to go along with it.
An Ugly, Albeit honest, Look @ Taekwondo's history
I bought this book because I recently started training in Taekwondo. I love the art. It's a great workout, it helps me feel more confident, and I think it's a great mental practice. This book shows the ugly truth about the history of TKD, created by a dishonorable man who lacks the tenets of taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit. Well, perhaps he persevered, but he did it in some really discourteous and horrible ways. Suffice it to say, I have little respect for the man. I guess this is a good book to read if you are starting out in the art, but know it for what it is--a history of a sinful man creating something far greater than himself.
The reader is really stiff, too.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A great way to look at weight loss
This is a Christian view of weight loss, and as a Christian, I appreciated it. It's well read and very thorough. Sure, a lot of the stuff in here is stuff you've heard before. But, really, if you have heard it and are still buying weight loss books, maybe you need to hear it again and again until it sticks. I know that is the case for me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A thorough and engaging book, spectacularly read
I am a BIG 'fraidy cat when it comes to these things, but I am also curious. As a Catholic, I found this book to be really engaging, and Ed Warren's discussion does come from a Catholic's perspective. This book was FASCINATING and useful in that it helps the reader understand why these things happen and how to avoid them! HUGE.
The reader does a SPECTACULAR job in reading this, especially the parts where he takes on the persona of the demons. SCARY!!!
I highly recommend this book.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful