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Good story, too violent

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-01-21

I like the story, but it was a little too violent for me. I don't mind violence and gore but it's the frequency of it that really put me off.

Eye-opening and honest

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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: 2020-12-25

I might not agree with Obama on a lot of issues, decisions, and policies, but reading this book, you just have to respect the man. His honest account of his presidency from his point of view is very refreshing, and you can't deny his intentions seemed to always be good, even as he made decisions that might prove unhelpful or unpopular. Also, reading this book about how decisions were made and how considerate of the public good (at least from his point of view) he was while making those decisions, you can't ignore how his successor approaches the presidency and you can't help but compare and contrast. Any way you look at it, this man was a decent human who wanted to do what was in the public interest as he saw it and as advised by his qualified counselors, can't help but respect him.

Loved Listening to her Speak

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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: 2020-11-20

This is more of a self interview than a book, I loved it. Alanis was a big influence in my life as a teenager and young adult, and continues to be now that I'm in my thirties. Her songs made me feel seen and heard. Listening to her talk about her journey and how she wrote was a pleasure. If anything, I wanted more of it. I wanted to know about more songs, more stories from her life, more about her pain and anger and how she healed from them. I finished the book in one sitting and it left me wanting more, which I think is a success. Thank you Alanis.

Great and Innovative Book on Self-Leadership

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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: 2020-10-19

My manager recommended our whole team to read this book, and I really enjoyed it. It delivers a lot of self-leadership, self-development, and communication lessons all through the art of storytelling. The approach this book takes is different from most of the self development and career management books I've read, I'd definitely recommend it.

Hooked

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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: 2020-09-14

Love this book, a lot of twists and turns. Takes a few chapters to lure you in, but once you're hooked, you have to read the whole thing.

Terrifying

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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: 2020-09-11

Terrifying look into what made Donald Trump who he is. Family from hell. I don't know if I pity him, but it's mindblowing to learn how much they've all gotten away with.

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 2020-08-16

I loved this book. I finished The Carls Series by Hank Green recently and enjoyed it immensely, so I was a little worried about reading another first contact book so little apart because I didn't want to draw comparisons. I eventually did, though. but they were different enough that it wasn't the first thing to come to mind. I liked how the characters were written, even at their least likable points. I was invested in their destiny. Even with characters that we didn't spend a lot of time with (genome) or characters we weren't supposed to like. I saw a lot of the twists and reveals coming but I was still a little surprised by a few. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience for me and I am looking forward for part 2. Note: I admit I bought this book because I like Lindsay's content and expected her book to be good, but I have to say it's not why I liked the book. If anything, it set my expectations higher. I did hear some of the lines in her voice, especially the really sarcastic ones, which I enjoyed as a little inside joke of sorts. I almost felt like maybe she should've voiced the whole thing herself but I do get why she didn't.

Overhyped?

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

Reviewed: 2020-08-14

I got this book because someone recommended it and wouldn't stop raving about it and I like the genre so I thought for sure I'd love it too. I didn't hate it and I read it all the way through. It's pretty captivating but I guess it just wasn't for me in the end. I wanted more out of it, or maybe I just had my expectations set too high.

Unexpected End to the Story of the Carls!

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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: 2020-07-12

The "The Carls" books are so captivating. I first heard about them from Hank Green himself on the Philip Defranco podcast. I got so intrigued and downloaded the first book on audible and started listening instantly, and preordered the second one once I got my next credit. With both books, I couldn't stop listening, I couldn't "put it down". The world building, the storytelling, the characters; everything was just so engaging, interesting, and different. I can't write much without spoiling the events of the books and thus spoiling your experience, but I'll just say this. Go read The Carls. Also, do NOT read A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor without reading An Absolutely Remarkable Thing first, you won't understand a thing. Honestly, if I had a problem with the books, it would be their names, it's really hard to remember their names off the top of your mind if you want to recommend them to anyone without checking first. I haven't processed all my feelings about this book, but just go read it.

Couldn't put it down!

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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: 2020-06-07

I loved this book. I literally sprinted through it. It captured my interest and curiosity and I couldn't stop listening until it was done. I can't believe I almost didn't know about it at all. I learned about it from Philip Defranco's podcast with Hank Green and was curious. Really impressed by the storytelling, and the unexpected plot twists. Looking forward to part 2.