At first, I thought this book to be average. But, like a good song it rambles about your brain until you get it. I felt a need to listen to various chapters again and then the excellence of this book sunk in. This book was really well written with great insight and a lot of very subltle tongue-in-cheek when it was called for. If you read about Ponzi thus book fits in very well.
smiled- quite often
The first circumnavigation in history is worth a listen- just on the merits of what was accomplished and how it was accomplished. The writer absolutely did his due diligence. The story itself is interesting, though not overly so, but that is not necessarily the fault of the writer. It is what it is .But, what I did not enjoy was the narration and I firmly believe a narrator can make a big difference in a story. Unfortunately, the writer, like some others, mistakenly chose to narrate his own book and this took away from the overall performance of this audio book. Thus, if the narrator is abig factor for you, like me, then it may be an issue. Otherwise, start your download.
Most professionals narrators in the circuit. Especially, the narrators of Empire of Blue Water and Ponzi.
Yes, but the book got a bit drifty at sea (for me) when the book gave too many details on the characters,,rather than a continuous, good, smooth listen. Overall, if you enjoyed
With every wish there comes a curse. Springsteen 1992
I listened to this book after listening to the "Immortal Game" (excellent. and I very much enjoyed it. Very interesting inside look at Soviet era chess and the length they would go to for victory and the devastation sown after a loss. I knew Fischer to be a bit eccentric but not this over the top. Recommended.
If you are interested in the history of chess and the imoortal game itself, there could not be a better book written. Additionally, the narrator is excellent.
Excellent. The author writes rotating chapters on the battles and sicknesses that held my attention throughout the listen. Very interesting information on Typhus and the debilitating role it played in Napoleon's quest. If you enjoy history you will enjoy this listen.
A truly fascinating story that is set up very well by the author in order to have the reader understand the context of how Ponzi could coordinate such a scheme(scam). There is a bit more information than is necessary, like the entire college history of who turns out to be the main antagonist, but it was worth it in the end. This is moxie beyond imagination........
If you are just beginning a career then perhaps. Otherwise, very simplistic and obvious.
I read the previous review where the writer stated that there were too many what ifs. Well, there are a lot of what ifs in life, but the general theme of this book does not rely on what ifs- it relies on previous cycles and history. The only very questionable cycle is the "terrorist cycle" which only appeared 1992 and 2001. Otherwise, I find the information credible and will prepare with it in mind. Bad news does sell, but bad news also really happens..........
There isn't really much more to say that wow. Although, don't buy this book looking for history as in Rome,etc. This is a lesson in biology, geology,chemistry, and oh so much more, with all of the founding fathers illuminated for us in subltly humorous but fascinatingly interesting ways.
You will have to listen more than once and know how to use the go back dial on your player to rehear what you are not certain you really just heard.....
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