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Skip it, it’s all talk & no action

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-25

If a reader is (somehow) new to the ideas that the capitalist system is broken, an ultra-rich minority makes the rules, and humankind needs to collectively change its behaviour to avoid worldwide ecological collapse, then he/she might get something from this book, but really the author doesn’t offer any truly new solutions that aren’t available elsewhere, and in fact he references a number of books throughout his book that offer ideas/solutions that are as good as or better than his own. In fact, much of the time I felt he was summarizing the book and ideas of other like-minded people he has read over the years.

The author tells the reader that change must happen in order to avert global disasters (social, ecological, financial, etc.), but I was left with the impression that his solutions were largely armchair exercises in his case, and I’m tired of being preached at by those who don’t practice their own message. He was not writing from a successfully operating off-grid tiny house powered by solar and wind technologies, collecting rainwater and recycling his own waste products. By his own admission, he doesn’t grow food (although we’re told this is something we should all engage in), and we likewise should also reduce or eliminate the amount of meat we eat, but the author is a self-proclaimed lazy vegetarian (read that as opportunistic omnivore).

Note to author: Instead of suggesting to your audience all of the possible solutions to the world’s myriad problems, get off your butt and try some of them and then write about your successes and failures! We don’t need to hear about good vibes at Burning Man, tell us what YOU are doing at home, in an urban setting, to tackle some of the problems you’ve laid out!

One standout tidbit from this book that I haven’t seen elsewhere is the author’s serious suggestion that we all need to take psychedelics to access the untapped potential of our brains, so we can unleash our superpowers, such as telekinesis. Yep. For real. Seriously, I bought this book discounted as a Daily Deal, and I still overpaid. This book is at least ten years too late, we don’t need any more books detailing the world’s problems and suggesting possible solutions, we need to hear from people who have adopted a different (and hopefully better) paradigm and are living (or trying to) outside the box that the West has built.

Read Bill McKibben and Joel Salatin and myriad others instead of this book. Take a permaculture course, or just watch YouTube videos and try growing food; make global buckets; make lots of notes on what works and what doesn’t and write about that; buy the smallest house you can function in, not the biggest you can afford (same with your vehicle, if you must own a vehicle)... Engage, engage, engage!!

The narrator was fine, I was just not impressed with the book itself.

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A Must-Listen for Princess Bride Fans!!!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

This audiobook is absolute joy. Listeners can expect to be treated to an articulate behind-the-scenes tour of one of the best and most enduring films of all time, as recollected and told by many of the people involved in creating the cult classic.

As a fan who watches the film at least once a year, I was delighted to hear anecdotal stories of Andre the Giant, the players' processes of why and how they played their characters, as well as learn about many of the technical obstacles that were overcome by the filmmakers (and writer William Goldman) to get this movie out to the world.

Cary Elwes is the primary narrator, and most of the cast have at least a few minutes of air time. I have never listened to a book before (or since) with a smile on my face for the entire duration of the reading.

This audiobook is a gem, and left me in an almost annoyingly good mood for days after listening to it. I look forward to revisiting it.

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