It's definitely an easy and more comfortable position to take for those who feel that Young wrote this book to make easy money on a hyped scandal or to get revenge. The truth is it's an interesting history on the rise of Edwards' political career and the transformations he went through that caused his downfall. Andrew Young comes off as a naive and gullible follower despite the story being told by him, but he doesn't swear his innocence. In fact, I found the epilogue to be a satisfactory statement on lessons learned. If you've followed the scandalous story of John Edwards and his issues in the press, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and hear it from all sides. Edwards clearly has some soul searching to do.
This book was particularly interesting to me because I'm a software developer. David Kirkpatrick tells a captivating story about the inception and growth of Facebook. I've always considered Facebook to be head and shoulders above all its competitors and this book explained how that was the intent from the very beginning. For those not interested in Facebook, this book will change your mind. For those who are enthusiastic or even dependent on the service, this book will solidify it. I was so impressed with the story of Mark Zuckerberg as well. His intelligence, foresight and patience are inspiring no matter how old or experienced you are. I highly recommend this book.
This title was just "ok" as compared to other Star Wars titles. It starts out slowly but picks up after the first quarter of the story. If you're a huge Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy it.
This is one of the best audio books I've ever purchased. The insight into the campaigns was fascinating, and while there was definitely more shared on the Democratic side of the contest, I think it was a balanced account. I strongly recommend anyone who was really moved by this most recently Presidential election to pick this book up. Furthermore, the narrator was about the best I've ever heard. I couldn't be more impressed with this book, and it's likely one that I'll play back in the future. Highly recommended!
I was very pleased with this book. I was too young to remember the headlines when this happened but had always wanted to learn more, and Bowden's thorough account is very well done. There's so much to this story. It conveys the fear of the hostages, the inexperience of most of the hostage takers, the desperation of the American government to resolve it, and the amusing antics of the hostages as time wore on. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in a thorough account of the Iran hostage crisis.
This was an interesting look into the workings of the big networks and how they build their programming. Considering the recent Jay/Conan debacle, it's fascinating to read especially considering the short portion of a chapter that covers the switch-over from Leno to O'Brien. It's interesting to see how truly lucky these network executives are, despite the fact that they believe they are very skilled. Regarding other reviews indicating the fast pace is hard to follow, I didn't find that to be the case. It might be challenging if you're writing a research paper on the topic, but as a casual read you'll have no difficulty.
I enjoyed this book despite it being abridged. The narrator was excellent. It did feel at times as though there were holes in the story, which is probably to be expected with an abridged version, but I didn't find that it took so much away that it made it difficult to follow. Good book!
I had never read this book before despite playing the text based game on the Atari home computer years ago. I was delighted at how enjoyable the book was. I have never seen any of the TV shows or films based on this book, but they would be hard pressed to live up to the high standards set by this book. The narrator really adds to the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this one.
I'm glad I listened to this book, and I don't think it would have been the same had it not been read by Palin herself. However, I found it discouraging that she accepts zero responsibility for the McCain campaign. It sounds like McCain's campaign handlers weren't the sweetest people in the world, and despite Katie Couric's agenda, Palin's answers to the questions spoke for themself. Nothing too earth shattering is revealed in this book. It was ok.
This book was controversial upon its initial release. However, the audio version does it great justice. The narrator wonderfully captures the very objective nature of the author's focus. Read it. There are more heroes to the 9/11 WTC tragedy than most are aware of, and this book describes some of them.
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