I found this book riveting. I learned so much, and was very entertained. Brooks did such a good job interweaving the stories of his main characters, Harold and Erica, and the most current research on human behavior. I was was so attached to Harold and Erica that I was crying at the end of the book, when they too live the last chapter of their lives.
Behold: The Return of Ephraim
Absolutely fabulous! With the application of this knowledge there might be hope for humanity. The unconcious drives us!
Simply amazing book! I have always waited for someone to describe life this way! It's the little details in your life that count more!
Physician and Educator
Mr. Brooks presents a great and insightful look at typical Americans. He shows a common-sense ability to "call a spade, a spade" without "political correctness". He has a clear communication style that lends itself well to the spoken word as well as the written word. Mr. Brooks presents examples of how ordinary people make their way under a variety of conditions. There are some practical tools for success presented as well as some examples of how many people find themeselves questioning so-leaders who are more self-promoting than actually leading. This is an excellent book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in human nature and in modern American culture. Mr. Brooks is an excellent observer with great insight.
Mr. Brooks brings together mainstream scientific theory, flawless reflection, and laser precise observation on subject matter that encompasses us every day. I thoroughly enjoyed envisioning two peoples journey through their entire lives while having explained (in detail) how each significant moment was shaped by preceding significant moments. I particularly loved the science behind it all, how it came to be, and how it shapes us. I learned quite a bit about me and my life through the story of Erica and Harold. I am simply in awe of Mr. Brooks' ability to bring all of this fact, reflection, and observation into one beautiful work. Kudos to you sir!
I'm a fan of David Brooks' NYT columns and his appearances on the News Hour, although I don't always agree with him. Likewise with this book; many of his conclusions I completely agree with. The one conclusion I have a problem with is that deity-focused societies are more successful than secular ones.
I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the story with the policy analysis. Granted, Brooks isn't going to make a living as a novelist, but using a story to illustrate public policy failures and successes makes the content much more enjoyable and memorable.
This narrator isn't the world's greatest, but he gets the job done.
Highly recommend this one.
David Brooks did an artful work to summarize the wide variety of research studies on human actions, decision making & social interactions… this vast array of studies are rolled into this well written novel of a couple long lives… I was more impressed with this than any other book I've heard on Audible.
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