He goes through his life story starting when he has a young boy in school talking about how he didn't want to sit still in class and a creature inside of his head told him to misbehave and do things like throw chairs across classrooms and look up girls skirts, and When I started this book I was hoping for something that would open my eyes a little bit and change the way I view things and maybe even the way I think about things, but all it did was make me think the author needs professional help.
It was infuriating at times and just whiny at others. If you can suffer though this phase of the book, you get to his young adult life, which is a less eye-roll inducing portion where he talks about not being satisfied in the various jobs he takes and his relationships with co-workers. As a college student I was especially angered by the part in this book where he complains that his parents did not thank him for going to school and going to school for free I might add he says his father paid for all of his schooling including living expenses.
If anyone paid for my schooling I definitely would not then be expecting them to thank me for the mere fact of attending! The character in this book came off to me as a self-entitled brat that wanted to do whatever he wanted to do and for society to pay for him to do it and praise him. I think he was trying to compare societal expectations to the reality that not everyone fits in to the "norm," but there are far better ways he could have gone about doing this rather than complain that he had to follow rules such as "don't look up girls skirts. View 1 comment.
Jan 12, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: challenge , pyschology. The little voice tells the story of Yewy Shodkin. In order to fit in to the society sometimes he must push aside his conscience and follow the rule. It begins with his childhood that has a creature called Egot. After the punishment he turns into the obedient character until he grows up and live in a common life.
He becomes a good studend and has been good for all the job he is take The little voice tells the story of Yewy Shodkin. The success never come into his life and he never taste the happiness. So he decided to release his self from the mundane life and become free again. Our society encourages us to obey authority. This was an interesting book, has a lot good point that make we ask about our self and life.
There are psychologies theories and quotes of great wisdom. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In work, do what you enjoy.
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I received this book for free in exchange for honest review. Nov 22, Wulfwyn rated it it was amazing. What a strange book this turned out to be for me. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began it. I have a tendency to randomly pick books, or select review books, without knowing anything about them, or, in some cases, very little. I don't read reviews before I read the books either. I fear spoilers too much. I fear others opinions coloring my reading, especially if I respect their reviews. So I avoid and then let a relationship unfold as I read.
There is so much I learned and reflected upon w What a strange book this turned out to be for me. There is so much I learned and reflected upon while reading this book! This is the reason for the slow reading. This book was like spending time with a mentor that I highly respect. One who knows the best way for someone to grow is to share experiences and invite them to reflect on them. To bring forth questions for them to ponder upon.
Each of us is on a different path with individual experiences, even if it resembles another's path. This is why we can empathize with another but never fully understand their situation. In reading this story, I found myself thinking of children in my family with autism. Conforming to the world is very difficult for them. They see things in their individual ways. I have tried finding a balance with them. The world will not conform to them yet, if allowed, they have much to teach the world.
I also reflected upon my experience with domestic violence. I accepted the training of conforming to another's vision out of fear. Even when the little voice inside was screaming at me, fear quieted it until it was nothing. One of the things I also found myself thinking on while reading this book was the election that just passed: the political correctness, the unwillingness to allow another opinion, the rebellion that has happened on both sides.
The book allows for many opportunities to reflect upon life in all directions. This is what I love so much about it. Can I say I was entertained while reading this book? Honestly, I have no idea yet. I will be thinking on this book for awhile. I expect to visit it more than once in the future.
I expect it will probably affect me as much.
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I received an ecopy of this book through BookTasters for review consideration. May 13, Ashok Sawlani rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-have-in-my-library. You should read this book. I was identifying myself with the character in the 1st half of the book. Feb 15, Keep Calm Novel On rated it it was amazing. The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review. This read will challenge the reader to reexamine how one looks at individuals and the world. He is determined fro The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review.
He is determined from the start to become his authentic self. Brilliantly written from start to finish. I could not put The Little Voice down and read it in one enjoyable sitting. Sheldon has written an insightful book filled with hope for individuality. Nov 12, Dani Tadamn rated it it was amazing.
The evolution of the main character along with the quotes of Chinese philosophers and its unexpected turns, make you wish to spend more time with Yew, than just pages, though, the ending is very pleasing. Apr 13, Sue rated it really liked it. I really liked this book, it had a lot to say for itself even though it was only a short read. Although at the beginning to me it was a little bit confusing when he was talking about his six year old self in the words of an adult i felt it was a bit jarring, but then i realised that he was looking back at his shelf as a child and so it all fell into place a bit more for me.
I liked the message it was conveying in this piece of writing and i don't want to give anything away as this is type of boo I really liked this book, it had a lot to say for itself even though it was only a short read. I liked the message it was conveying in this piece of writing and i don't want to give anything away as this is type of book that you need to read for yourself and have the experience of having your mind and eyes opened. Feb 17, Dominique White rated it it was ok. Disclaimer: I was approached by Joss Sheldon to provide a review and I promised him a fair and kind appraisal of his novel.
It is not without consideration that I have given The Little Voice a 2 star rating. The voice belongs to a creature he visualizes in his mind and whom he calls th Disclaimer: I was approached by Joss Sheldon to provide a review and I promised him a fair and kind appraisal of his novel. The voice belongs to a creature he visualizes in his mind and whom he calls the "egot", described physically as a miniature Gollum.
The narrator, Yew as an adult, salaciously retells the mischievous antics he perpetrated until the voice was silenced by a decision to conform. It is during these accounts that we gain early insight into the immature adult Yew would become. In one such episode, accompanied by an anodyne quote from Lao Tzu to "achieve greatness in little things" , young Yew convinces the girls in his class to stand in line whilst he lies on the floor and looks at their knickers. Describing what he saw, narrator Yew comments wholly inappropriately: "And Chantelle Stevens wore a slinky thong.
She was only seven years old, the devious little minx! This, and a couple of other glorified recountings of crude behaviour, made "The Little Voice" uncomfortable reading from the outset. Nevertheless, there is a beautifully prosaic and lyrical moment when Yew eventually regrets having listened to the "egot", a moment described succinctly and powerfully as such: "My doubt mixed in with my shame. It created a maelstrom of acid in my stomach and a cyclone of blood in my heart". From this point onwards ensues a submission as "a white flag fluttered in the unenthusiastic breeze.
A pen was in [his] hand. And a blank sheet of paper was filling up with the lines of [his] surrender". Unfortunately what unravels is a life plagued by low self-esteem. We witness Yew consistently making poor choices, berating the world around him like a dispossessed teenager. What a self-involved and self-entitled individual he becomes! Furthermore the re-telling is peppered with wordy asides analysing his situation with the help of popular psychology which not only irritates but also hampers any enjoyment to be gleaned from reading this novel.
It is precisely at this point where, had I been involved in editing this novel, I would have begun the narrative. Struggling with depression, Yew the narrator quotes the well-known comment from philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti that it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
The retrospectives could have been interspersed with dialogue with Nurse Betty, his saviour. This nurse shows much grace and professionalism. The scene where she takes him out to play in the hospital grounds is incredibly moving. Nurse Betty understands his need to be free from the world and provides him with a means to escape. The fact that Nurse Betty is the only character in the whole of the novel that gains more than superficial notice from the narrator is proof that she should have been given a more central role. Without her interference, I doubt Yew would have survived much longer and suppose he would have slipped into more dangerous drug use.
View all 5 comments. Jan 11, Lin rated it it was amazing. Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. I judge the books only not the authors. This book from the very beginning to the very end felt real. Everything that the author wrote felt relatable and comprehensible.
I loved everything about it especially the way it was written and the way it interacts with You the reader and involves you completely into the story. If you enjoy books that have Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. If you enjoy books that have deep topics, topics that will tickle your brain and conscious this one is the right one for you. I literally finish this book in one sitting more or less 3 hours to be exact.
His struggles, his pain it felt all palpable, as if he was an old friend of mine and I could understand him completely. I am sure that you would be able to find at least one thing relatable to you in here. The fact that Joss incorporated quotes of Lao Tzu through the whole read was really admirable and I totally appreciated it.
He gives you the chance to view things differently with another perspective without being judgemental so you can make your own ideas and opinions. The things that we tend to forget while getting older, the connection with our inner child and the people who we truly are deep inside.
While reading this book I had the same feeling and sensation while reading The little prince. Do not get me wrong it is completely different story and all, what I mean is that the emotions that The little prince triggered in me were the same that The little voice evoked and I mean The little prince is one of my favourite books of all time!
I gave this book a well deserved 5 star rating and would like to thank the author for his sincerity and writing such a beautiful book for us to read and enjoy. But it was tearing me up inside. And then he escaped! With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.
Then, in January , he went to McLeod Ganj in India; a village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. Dec 11, Tiago rated it really liked it. If you have lived under the pressure of social norms - and who hasn't?
The author's style affects you quickly.
Small words, tiny paragraphs, followed by long sentences, big words, plus multiple references to several fields. Without further ado, the reader is promptly transported to the main character's psychological space. Descriptions in syncopated rhythm are used to sho 'The Little Voice' is a novel that roars. Descriptions in syncopated rhythm are used to show the irrationality of many systems in our world.
Any minute now the tension builds up, but to help you savor every detail, the narrator presents the next scene in a way that makes you think you are watching a slow-motion clip. Yet, in a snap, the speed increases again. The narrator briefs the reader on psychological and philosophical terminology, making those concepts less foreign to the reader. However, the style could resemble more of Irvin D. Yalom's 'When Nietzsche Wept' and 'The Schopenhauer Cure', in which psychology and philosophy are part of the story, but concepts are not explained straightforwardly.
The final chapters should have been a little longer though. They lacked verisimilitude, which could be fixed if the narrator had more pages to construct and show the reader the drastic changes the main character was subject to. The shifting of gears almost ruined the well composed preceding chapters. Still, 'The Little Voice' is that kind of book which has that rare power.
The power of breathing hope into those who may be undergoing the bitterness of a straitjacketed life. The power of educating people not to conform, to think for themselves, to stop being sheep. Dec 24, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: male-author , general-fiction.
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It didn't really make me want to read it but I got a free copy so I did. At first I was pleasantly surprised. The creature generating the little voice, called an egot, was interesting although I did find its description to be somewhat nauseating. I wondered if we were looking at the early stages of schizophrenia, which is a topic I have great interest in.
The child in whose brain the egot lives, acts out erratically based on suggestions the egot makes. This "The Little Voice," not a great title. This has profound effects on his relationships with everyone in his life. Finally he squashes and kills the egot in his effort to fit into society. This also kills his uniqueness and creativity. Over time he loses all sense of self but continues to strive for the thrill he had experienced as a child. His life devolves into pointlessness with him finally ending up as a hermit living in the woods. I loved the insertion of psychological theories and quotations.
Some of these were new to me and very appropriate to the story. There are a couple of things I didn't like about the book. The first and most obvious is that as the main character, Yew, felt his life was worthless, I began to feel the same thing about reading the book. At the beginning, I thought we were going somewhere with this, but it turned out we weren't.
There was no deep insight or revelation. That would be okay if it were a fun read, but I did not find it so.
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The second issue I had was with the long-winded descriptions of Yew's experience of his moments of exhilaration. The first couple of times this was okay, after a while it became tedious. Perhaps the book was just not my cup of tea. Your experience may vary. Nov 12, Martin Belcher rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Social conditioning and the pressure to be accepted leads him into abandoning the inner voice which leaves him. He then spends his time bumping through life, unhappy and unfulfilled because he must configure his life to an ideal which is not his. Eventually he sees the light, breaks from the norm and seeks a life which makes him feel happier.
Enjoyable and opens up your mind and thinking…. Mar 25, Ever Leigh rated it really liked it. Something most of us take advantage of is Time. I think that Joss Sheldon has created a novel that really highlights this and shows the that we need to take a deeper look at our priorities. The I enjoyed the pacing of the novel and the authors use of humor to cut through the amount of intense parts of the story. Character development was very important in this novel.
Yew is a very complex character especially in the most troubling parts of this novel. Joss does a great job of helping us feel li Something most of us take advantage of is Time. Joss does a great job of helping us feel like we know him. Apr 27, Jen rated it it was amazing. A real eye-opener. I had so much in common with the protagonist it was scary If you're looking for a book to help you understand your place in the world, this is the one. Apr 28, Ms J Linney rated it it was amazing. Amazing Yew could be me, or maybe even you? A funny, charming, take of growing up and finding the life that suits is.
Read this and maybe discover yourself. Jan 20, Kathryn McCloskey rated it it was amazing. It's so hard to put into words how much of a connection I had with this book. I read it in one go and I read it so quickly. Usually I get distracted by other thoughts and I'll end up doing something else. Then I forget I started the book in the first place. This book had me enthralled. Not because it made me realise anything new but because it put into words how I've always felt about things. Things I've never been able to express because I'm not that good at feelings or expressing myself.
I need It's so hard to put into words how much of a connection I had with this book. I need to get a physical copy and then when I get in arguments with people I can just hand this to them. I think it would save a whole load of time. It's so true as well. I know so many people on anti-depressants and having breakdowns and doing things just because that's what you're meant to do. I'm very thankful that I was never the person to just go along with what others wanted.
But maybe if my misfit behaviour had tended towards the loud and messy then I would have been dealt with too instead of being ignored by adults. Peer pressure never worked on me because I never really connected with my peers. It's a scary look at how my life could have gone if I'd been conditioned the same as Yew.
But what's even scarier is I'm way too close to getting stuck like he did. And the only thing I conform to is the you must have a job part. This review is becoming too much about myself but I've never related to a character in a book this strongly before. So I'm going to save some thoughts for when I read it again and then I'll post it to my blog. I really recommend reading this book if you've ever felt out of place and when you voice that opinion everyone else just looks at you like you're a different species and asks what you're talking about.
Then they try to fix you by getting you to do normal things like going shopping for clothes you don't need or hanging around in a loud and crowded pub.
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You know the really important things. Jan 07, Darcia Helle rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary-fiction , review-copies , ebooks , fiction. The description of this book appealed to me on many levels. I was looking forward to a sort of left-of-center experience, within a relatable story about the struggles of being different in a society that expects you to conform.
This book is that kind of story, to some degree, though it's also both more and less than what I expected. Starting with the good stuff: The story moves at a good pace. The author's writing style is conversational and conspiratorial, bringing us into his world and sharing The description of this book appealed to me on many levels. The author's writing style is conversational and conspiratorial, bringing us into his world and sharing his secrets. We're right there with Yew's character, seeing what he sees and feeling his emotions.
Now the not-so-good stuff, which, for me, outweighs the good stuff. First, I did not like Yew's character at all. Since this book is written in first person, and we see the world only from Yew's perspective, liking the book becomes even more of a challenge because I didn't like my tour guide. He's self-involved, arrogant, and narrates as if he is the only enlightened one among a bunch of automatons. We start out with Yew in early grade school. As a child, he's not much different than any other child in that he wants to play and explore, rather than sit and learn. Yet the narration treats his desire to be free as if it's a unique rebellion.
His relationship with his parents is the typical push-pull, though here it's treated as if a horrible burden is placed on his shoulders to live up to his parents' expectations. He comes from a well-off family that treats him with love, and the poor pitiful me act simply feels shallow. As an adult, Yew is no more likable. He flails about in his shallowness, while expounding on philosophy and touting Taoism as if he is superior in his mindset.
At one point he states that he's angry because he sacrificed himself by going to college free! The dichotomy between the self-proclaimed enlightened free spirit and the egocentric ranting of the narrator is profound, and feels more like a parody than a serious statement. Yew is the only character of substance within the book. We never really meet his parents. His friendships, for the most part, appear to be as shallow as he is. No dialogue feels genuine, and no relationships are explored to help us understand why he feels so out of sorts within his social circle.
In the end, I only felt irritation, as if I'd been forced to spend time with a particularly obnoxious person who believes himself superior while having absolutely no basis for that belief. Jan 18, Flor rated it it was amazing Shelves: , broke-my. What a powerful book! I recived this ebook in exchange for an honest review thank you very much. So how do I start? It has definitely made and impact in my life. Right now I'm still thinking and wondering about myself and all the choices i should take to be "my true self" and for a book to made me feel like that it's not that easy.
We follow the story of Yew, a man that feels like he doesn't belong to society and it's always looking for his true happiness. The story begins with him as a child who h What a powerful book! The story begins with him as a child who has this little creature called Egot that encourages him to do the things he wants to do but can't do because of society. It was truly heartbreaking seeing him go down, seeing him change for what Society did to him. Little Voices helps pave the way for underprivileged youth to navigate the foster care system, overcome tragedies and trauma to realize their full life's potential.
Little Voices was founded to hear that which is little and lost on us. We seek it out because we believe it is this little voice that we all need to hear. We need to hear what they have to say. A little voice is often still, quiet or gentle, even child like. Our hearts tell us we need to calm ourselves to hear and pay attention it.
It is with this mindset we believe we can set the stage for something that can speak back to that Little Voice and tell it how much it is loved, and we can show it how much we care.