The plodding pace of the narration, where "every syll a ble was care fully pro nounced" at a pace just slower than anyone would normally speak really grated on my nerves. I checked out my playback status and found I was still on chapter one! I don't think I can stand to listen to any more of this recording. The author's analogies were too frequently phrased with hyperbole. Very disappointed.
This must be the best pop-sci book I've read this year. The reason I liked it is simply because it is deep and well written. Author really dives into details of how a particular research was done and how a particular phenomenon works. He provides metaphors, which are helpful, if somewhat obscure at times (though this provided a rich source of laughter for me). Being a scientist myself, I found his analogies quite precise and revealing.
Books like this one are rare. Most pop-sci books are 80% personal stories or anecdotal evidence, and only 20% science (good example is "The Talent Code" I read just before this book). This one is 20% stories, 80% science. And in this ratio stories can actually be enjoyable and funny.
I said it once and I'll say it again: leave the content of pop-sci books to actual scientists. They'll almost always do a better job than journalists.
The narration is OK. I didn't find any flaws except for mispronunciation of Christoph Koch's surname (he is German, so it is not what you would expect). I didn't particularly care for the intonations of the voice, I think for a scientific book they were at times a bit too dramatic.
The content is awesome. The reader sounds like he's narrating ghost stories: slow, breathy, and mostly just weird. Use Audible's playback speed feature and set it at 1.5x and the reader's jarring voice becomes a non-issue.
But the book is friggin' cool for anyone interested in how order arises from disorder.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Sync…is a puzzling audio book written about synchronicity by Steven Strogatz. It is puzzling because of its 4 out of 5 star review by Audible.com listeners. Strogatz’s audio book and his TED lecture and YouTube’ videos are difficult to appreciate. His theory of sync is broadly acclaimed by himself and others but utility appears either unclaimed or unexplained. Of course, science is science and utility often comes long after discovery.
Strogatz’s sync is a state of being that was unknown to the general public until his 2003 book. The theory of sync infers the truth of “spooky action at a distance” (aka “entanglement”) which may open a door to communication speeds greater than the speed-of-light. Such an improvement in communication speed would overturn a fundamental law of physics (nothing exceeds the speed of light, according to Einstein). When humans reach the stars, the principle of sync could make interstellar communication possible. Sync phenomena may be a critical component of humanity’s future but today it seems more like a magician’s parlor trick.
In the end, even if Strogatz is correct about sync, existence remains mired in an unpredictable, probabilistic, and chaotic world.
"How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life" .. wow now that should be really interesting I thought to myself upon reading the title... Well, I kept yawning my way throughout the first three chapters more than an hour later..
As I was unable to continue, my review may not be fair as I haven't listened to the whole book.. I just could not..
No, even at 1.25x speed...
Technologist, proponent of Automation, believer in the human spirit and power of collaboration
The author is fascinated about fireflies, and it's mentioned throughout the book. There is little else in the book other than brief mention of other systems.
Certainly the title is misleading..
Not written it
Slow robotic narration
I ebony trust audible reviews again, only Amazon's
The reading of this book is truly terrible. The reader sounds like he is telling a ghost story, or perhaps having some kind of stomach spasm? ... for the whole book. He speaks absurdly slowly, with ridiculous annunciation, and a very breathy, tense voice. It's awful. I had to bump it up to 1.5x just to tolerate it.
The actual content of this book is quite good! I found parts to be too high-level and wanted a lot more detail, but Strogatz did explicitly state his intention to give a nontechnical overview of the topic, which he accomplished. It's interesting, covers many varied topics, and keeps a coherent scientific narrative. Plus added personal anecdotes about being a professional science researcher.
Recommended as a print book ... not recommended as an audiobook unless you like 1.5x speed.
I would recommend this book to friends interested in broadening their knowledge of curious sciences. This book skirts the pictures, formulas and diagrams which can be frustrating to listeners, but still delivers a deep understanding of the subject.
Sync is a terrific counterpart to James Gleick's Chaos. Strogatz and Gleick Both hint at the profound implication that everything relates to this self organizing property.
I know I'm giving all 5 stars to this review. I'm just a layperson, and this book did not fail to deliver thought provoking, real, material in an understandable way. Maybe a science major would have a lesser opinion, but I'd still feel we would agree it was a good audio book.
Kevin T Collins did a good job of narrating the book, except for one word used in multiple places: capacitors. They are pronounced as they are spelled, not "capacitators". Mr Collins added an extra "TA" in there that was distracting. To an electrical engineer, it was like nails on a chalkboard.
The simplistic intro to the topic enticed me to continue. It follows logic and can be applied to a variety of life situations.
The middle-end was a bit beyond what I was looking for, more technical than necessary for my interest.
For my interest, I would like for the author to continue with a more practical application of the subject. For other readers, this might be just what they're looking for.
Not for me but I did not read through to the end.
Have a nice day!