Yes, the performance of the reader was outstanding to say the least. The way that this book was read was captivating and held my attention.
I've never really read another book like this one. David Brooks weaves non-fiction and fascinating research through a fictional story that brings you into the minds of the characters Harold and Erica.
I never have, but would absolutely listen to other books read by him. This was one of the best reading performances I have listened to and I am comparing this performance to many other books I have read.
I found myself captivated and brought into the worlds of Harold and Erica throughout the entire journey. Interesting facts and experimental psychology were woven throughout the entire book. There were many times where I felt like I grabbed a useful insight into life and really connected. There were other times were I found myself drifting away. For the most part I thought that this was a well written, interesting read. I have never quite come across a book before that blends fiction and non-fiction in such a unique and insightful way.
I enjoyed the content of this book. I found the narrative engaging, with substance behind it that explains human limitations and behaviors. I was very disappointed that the "F" word had to be thrown in multiple times, presumably for emphasis. I found this offensive and can not therefore suggest this book to family members. Yet, I enjoyed learning more about human interactions.
I expected more. I wasted my money which I have very little of. I saw the author on GPS and he had a hard time discussing the book. Fareed said it was a good book and i fell for it. I only gave it one star because I didn't know how not to give it zero
Brilliiant start and great concept but not sustained through entire lifespan of the main characters. The trajectory of their lives into old age was one dimensional and an anticlimax as though the author had run out of puff and just wanted to get it over and down with.
I was excited to get the book but was disappointed in it. I found it quite mediocre and really received little or no new information. I think it may deserve 3 stars but really, I find, most people over rate books and I failed to see any thing new or interesting here.
If you are looking for a book with lots of facts then you found one. If you want an enjoyable listening without being put to sleep don't buy this book. There are no exercises included in this book as one of the other review mentions it.
The form is interesting: a mixture of a personal story about 2 people and propaganda promoting the coercive power of some people over other people to further the latter's welfare.
Even after bailouts prove government is there to transfer money from the poor to the rich and after US soldiers in Afghanistan blowing up an unarmed 17 year old farm boy that was no threat to them and end up playing card with the victims finger, this author still believes. He still believes you can hire some people, give them guns and laws and coercive power over others and a list of things to do: the betterment of social structures and welfare of the poor
and he still thinks that principle can work.
Sure lot's of things went wrong with government, but that was because there was a split between two government parties that want big gvt power and little gvt power (did you ever meet the gvt official that actually reduced gvt power?) The author changes all that by tacking on the terms 'energetic' and 'dynamic' to it.
This way, those who can coerce with impunity for the good of mankind will show their 'soft side'
The publisher's description of this book as "the story of how success happens . . . told through the lives of one composite American couple" turns out to be just a peculiar way of saying, "this is a novel." And it is a gripping, captivating, deeply touching novel. And instead of being a typical fictional story where characters do inexplicable things that they would never do in real life, such as throwing an giant pearl into the ocean or whatever, these characters' thoughts, feelings, and actions are explained through lengthy and fascinating discussions of the latest studies and theories of social science, which are certain to offer you, the reader, great insight into your own life and your relationships with others.