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I wish I were your student.

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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: 2020-02-07

Some people like to watch cooking shows although they don't cook. I like to read writing books although I don't write. I've read/listened to a number of books, courses, and essays on writing and being a writer. I'll admit I've never read anything of Chuck Palahniuk's, but I couldn't resist downloading this book anyway. And I'm really glad that I did.

The nuggets of wisdom (I don't know what else to call them - tips? tricks? lessons?) provided in this book are great. I hadn't thought of, or heard of some of them before, which is quite rare if you read these types of books often. Many of them made me think about what I've read, or want to re-watch movies or re-read books to find more examples of what Chuck is talking about.

I don't want to drag this review on, I only want to say that if you're a fan of Mr. Palahniuk, then I'm sure you'll enjoy his writing style, humour, biographical stories and other pearls in this book too. If you're not a fan of the author but consider yourself a writer (or a would-be writer), definitely listen to this - there's some great stuff.

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Engaging story featuring 1 place & 2 time periods

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-21

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The two stories (the grandmother's past and the granddaughter's future) had interesting parallels and their own romance, mystery, and relationships to Cuba.

You learn a lot about Cuba in this book, which is fine, but at times it came off too heavy-handed. Everyone seems to just talk to each other about Cuba, there is almost no non-Cuba-related dialogue in the entire book. Even lovers are discussing Cuban politics shortly after amorous activities.

My main complaint about this audiobook has to do with the author's style and its presentation in audio form. The two main characters have a lot of inner monologue that is no different in style from their spoken dialogue. The author does not use "I said" very often, which is normally fine (as some over use it), since distinguishing spoken dialogue and inner monologue would be easy when looking at the text. In the audio version, however, it is very difficult . This is the first audiobook that I've ever had major issues distinguishing inner and outer dialogue. It distracts from the experience and affects how you view the burgeoning relationships, depending on whether things are spoken aloud or not.

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Funny at times, galling at others.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I wouldn't say that I'm a "fan" of David Spade - there are things he's done that I've liked and things he's done that I didn't like. But on the whole I'll say that I like David Spade. Given that, I bought and listened to this book.

I listened to the whole book and overall enjoyed it. There were definitely parts that were funny. It's what he's best at, so if you're hoping to get some laughs out of the book, you probably will. Since David lives in a world that I'm not part of (LA, Hollywood, celebrity, etc), there were parts of the book that I found interesting because they provided a glimpse into what it's like to be celebrity. There are other parts that I didn't find particularly funny, or interesting, but instead annoying and/or distasteful. But that's okay, I'm not sure I was the intended demographic for this book.

Either way, I'm glad to have listened to it. Thanks!

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Interesting look at a life and its memories.

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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: 2018-09-13

I hate the use the words "enjoy" with this book, as there are parts of it that are difficult to listen to (recounts of abuse, etc.), but I enjoyed listening to 'Educated'.

Tara Westover presented a world (and a family) that I didn't know existed. I had an idea, a vague notion of what fundamentalist or extremist-type families are like, but the Westovers were not quite like that. They were different still, traditional in some ways, non-traditional in others. Because it provides a glimpse of another world that exists adjacent to our own, I would recommend this book to anyone.

I enjoyed (there's that word again) Tara's thoughts, comments, and musings on memory and remembering events, especially those are traumatic.

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