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
If you want to feel the 20's this is the book. If I had known it was written in or near 1934 I probably wouldn't have bought it. But, that would have been my loss and incorrect assumption. I find that when I read reviews it is best to also read reviews on books I have already read and liked since that gives me a gauge for future reviews, especially on the negative ones.
This is a truly magnificent story.
Batavia's Graveyard. The feel of being right there in the story.
The well-rounded story surrounding the OED.
The title says it all.
I downloaded 3 more of his books since this book.
middle of the pack due to length
How Institutions affect a civilization.
I didn't really find the reasons why they decay.
More of a case as to the effect.
Insightful book though.
Niall Ferguson is good at economic history. No doubt.
The events of 1927 and the history before and after. Bryson is good.
All of the surrounding information.
Ordinarily, I find writers should leave narration to the pros, but Bryson was certainly satisfactory. In fact, a good job here.
I like information and I especially like compelling and interesting information. This book is neither and reminds me of someone that simply has a weird mindset to begin with which is why THEY find these thoughts interesting. But I also hear there are those that like rope burn, so what can you do?
It is okay.
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.
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