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The Martian - mini review

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The Martian by Andy Weir
Started on Kindle, move to Audible after a couple of chapters based on some recommendations, and really happy that I did. The narrator, R C Bray, is great and really brings the book to life. Most of the technical stuff would not have held my attention if I was just reading it, I'm sure I would have skipped over a lot of it. Probably also because I was a captive audience as I mostly listened to it during my daily commute and so, listening to the book was pretty much the only thing my mind was involved in.
I like the concept, a new twist to the Castaway tale. The story was well-paced (which must have been a struggle given how we were learning about things at Mars and earth at the same time), and the author did a great job giving us enough about all the secondary characters. Just enough so we care, not too much to avoid taking away from the main story - which was the struggle of Mark Watney. I found it interesting that he chose not to talk about friends/family …

"Yes Please" - mini review

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Disclaimers first - big fan of Amy Poehler so bound to be biased in favour of any of her work, have given an extra star here simply because she's the author :)

I've been trying Audible books for a short time now, and this is one of the first books I chose primarily because Amy herself had narrated the Audible version. Having listened to the book now, I feel vindicated. The book is mostly in first person and it really adds a lot to have Amy talk to you about the stories, rather than you reading the book. It helps a great deal in understanding the tone and the message, and keeps you engaged.

To say that Amy's life story is inspiring somehow seem pretentious to me (though her life-stort absolutely is inspiring) given how she talks about here philosophy "Good for you, not for me". This book, though inspiring, is just Amy sharing her story and pontificating on what she thinks worked for her (and sometimes, what did not). It stays far away from b…

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He's likely unaware he's being clicked, which adds to the photo.