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Addictive, entertaining and enthralling.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

While listening to this book, you will become a resident of Bear Town. You will feel the air of this town, you will smell the forest and shiver in the cold. The author really suck you in the world that he has created. The Town where the events of this story takes place, is the most important character of the story.

Fredrik Backman has crafted each and every character with great care, giving each of them a distinct personality and multiple layers. He makes sure that the listener/reader really 'knows' each character, he will make you feel what the character is feeling.

The story revolves around a school ice-hockey team in a sleepy town. Even though that you have no interest in ice-hockey, you will end up rooting for the boys in the team and appreciate the the town's obsession with the game. A very interesting theme plays through out the book:' Does the team makes the player who he is or its the player who makes the team what it is?'.

An unfortunate incident occurs in this town and everything changes. The story beautifully ties in the lives of every resident of the Bear Town to that incident. There is sorrow, tears, hope, friendship, courage, love and yes, there is always 'the team'.

I would highly recommend listening to this book. A very engrossing tale by Fredrik Backman with real fleshed out character, narrated superbly by John Sackville who uses his talent to convey the emotions of every character.

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Interesting peek inside the man behind Dwight!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

I am a huge 'The Office' fan and I love the character of Dwight Schrute played by Rainn Wilson. So when I found this audio book where Rainn Wilson narrates his own life, I purchased it instantly!

If you are not into 'The Office' or not a follower of the 'Soulpancake', it is highly unlikely the that you would like to know about Rainn Wilson.

Rainn knows that many people will pick this book because of his Dwight character, and he makes sure that his book is filled with Dwight references. In fact he has completely dedicated couple of chapters to 'The Office', which I thoroughly enjoyed.

He did live a very interesting life, and he has narrated it well. Besides his struggles to become an actor, this book deals with spirituality in great length. Right from the first line to the last line of the book, Rainn takes you on a spiritual quest; often dealing with the dreaded question 'what really matters in life'. I was a bit apprehensive of 'almost' advertisement of his faith, Bahai religion, in some portions of the book. But to be fair, Rainn made it clear in the first page itself that he is devoted to his religion and it will be covered in good portion of the book. Also, Rainn is clearly well read about all the major religions of the world, so that adds to his credibility.

I was more interested in knowing about Rainn Wilson, the actor; and he does not disappoint. Pages are filled with his interesting episodes of his acting life, his approach to acting, his dedication to the art.

One thing that may put off some of the listeners of this book(with no actual fault of the book or the narrator/author), is the tons and tons of reference to American pop culture. A non american person , like me, who is totally unaware of the American cultural scene in the 70s, 80s and the 90s will find himself/herself lost at multiple times listening this book. Again, not a fault of the book. One other thing that may bother a bit is some odd back and forth timeline jumps in the story.

Overall, this book is definitely worth listening if you are aware of Rainn's works and want to know more about his life. If your are not aware of his work, you may still find this book interesting if you want to listen something related to an actor's life and some great thoughts of spirituality in the modern world.

My review might sound like this book is serious or boring, but believe me, it is anything but boring. Rainn had a not so ordinary life, and he narrates the same in his captivating and entertaining voice!

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