I'm a 26 year old white girl that listens to mostly alternative music and a little bit of country. My knowledge of hip hip and rap is confined to TopI'm a 26 year old white girl that listens to mostly alternative music and a little bit of country. My knowledge of hip hip and rap is confined to Top 40 radio. Obviously, I didn't know who Charlamagne tha God was prior to reading this, but I think his story and advice are worth the read. Charlamagne succeeded at giving poignant advice for life with his one of a kind experience.
At one point early in the book, Charlamagne suggests that you need to expand your horizons and read and listen to people who don't share that much in common with you. From that point, I knew I was going to like the rest . Even though I didn't know who Charlamagne was, I was really invested in the story of his life.
I have to say, toward the tail end of this book, the feminist in me got sick of hearing how many girls this guys took to bed. Just as I was about ready to turn the book off, he started talking about his wife and the importance of his family. Thank goodness. I could look past it when he was younger, but at some point you have to realize women aren't accessories to life. The feminist in me almost gave this a 3 on that grounds.
I think everyone can agree that living with purpose, evolving from experience, sharing love, and working hard are key to success and happiness. What's clear from his journey is that achieving this legally is going to get you a longer and fuller life. He also really made me think about what my dream is. Is it even my dream? Bonus points, he ended with a quote from The Lion King - which is my favorite. I almost got a little weepy. "Remember who you are." I, without a doubt, needed to hear that....more
Imagine me walking around a park in the middle of the night listening to a random British woman - out loud (because I can't find my earbuds) - laughinImagine me walking around a park in the middle of the night listening to a random British woman - out loud (because I can't find my earbuds) - laughing, smiling, and sometimes yelling, "Oh girl... I know how you feel," or "He's such a jerk." Yep. That's me. I've written about my love of audio-books before, and this Audible reading did not disappoint. Since this novel is written in the first-person, the reading made Jane feel like a close friend telling me her story. I loved hearing a British narrator read a British novel. It's easier to understand the antiquated words and become immersed in the story when the accent is accurate.
I'm upset I had to wait so long to know these characters. Mr. Rochester is dramatic, sensitive, harsh, and romantic. He asks questions of Jane as an equal and tries so hard to get her to say the things she wishes to keep in "that head that sits upon her shoulders." To be honest, he's 100% my type. Additionally, although Jane is only 19 in the novel, we are so similar. We share the same sentiments. I am single, living "independently," and in the midst of a sudden job change. So often when I am upset or feeling down, I have to remind myself that I am my own person and that I can live on my own and have a great life. It can be difficult to be solo and be proud of the life you've built when there is no one with whom to share it. Jane reminded me to continue to be grateful for my life and hold out hope for "my equal and my likeness" but to never be afraid of living life the way I want to live it.
The person that gave me this book told me it was nothing at all like the movie. Up until the end I wasn't sure what he meant.
This story reminded me oThe person that gave me this book told me it was nothing at all like the movie. Up until the end I wasn't sure what he meant.
This story reminded me of H.G. Wells. The combination of magic, supernatural, and science are all in it's pages. I was surprised by how easy it was to read. It's a book I think almost anyone would enjoy. I specifically really want my younger brother to read it. Magic, mystery, Tesla, the turn of the century, all subjects that I think he would enjoy.
Of course, now I want to watch the movie again. 😆...more
“I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.” Andy Weir
An unforeseen storm interrupts a mission on Mars and le“I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.” Andy Weir
An unforeseen storm interrupts a mission on Mars and leaves Mark Watney stranded. Without knowing when or how he will escape, he survives using his knowledge of botany and chemistry and the materials left by his crew.
This is another instance where I am really glad I chose Audible. I'm eager to watch the movie now. I'm curious about what they included and whether Matt Damon can be the Mark Watney I imagined. Some have argued that this is a book that was begging for a movie deal, and I say, "so what?" It's a cool story, and some stories are meant to be performed.
The majority of the novel is told from Watney's point of view in the form of personal logs. The narrative is told with a real voice - with cursing and odd outbursts - rather than a writing style.
“It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.” Andy Weir
I can imagine that reading these logs may have sometimes felt uncomfortable or weird without Mark having a voice of his own, but in audio form, the persona feels whole and convincing. I like a character who is himself. He isn't trying to fit a mold. He isn't overly dramatic or intellectual. Watney reminds me of my younger brother - without the foul language. I imagine my brother will be quite like Watney when he is older. This for example:
“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.” Andy Weir
The story depends on a lot of science information. I tried to follow the science the best I could, but what I like about audio books is that I can continue to do chores and house projects while I listen. So occasionally, I tuned out the details about how Watney was converting atmosphere to water or nuclear energy into space heaters. That stuff was cool and a huge part of the story, but luckily if I felt I missed something too important, I could rewind. The performance of this audio book made me keep listening.
“As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation.” Andy Weir
Throughout the novel, I was questioning the way that NASA and the crew and the world came together to seek out a way to save one man. Would the world support this? Would the world risk this? Would the world pay for this? On the one hand, I'm not sure I would support spending millions of dollars to save one man. On the other, I think it would be an amazing feat of science and human intelligence to say that we did and could. I'm assuming Andy Weir considered this while he wrote The Martian - or maybe he did in editing - since the finale is a discussion of this very question.
“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don't care, but they're massively outnumbered by the people who do.”Andy Weir