This is a glorious book about one of the strangest and most talented sportsmen who ever played. While there is plenty of baseball action and history, you don't have to know a bean ball from a foul ball to enjoy this book. Ty Cobb was such a unique character, on and off the field, that his story is worth listening to. You may finish by hating this man, pitying him, or admiring the qualities that made him the greatest baseball player who ever lived. The writing is as compelling as the story, and the author's relationship with the subject is an interesting sideline.
First of all, I am a registered Republican and consider myself more-or-less conservative. I can't say that I agree with all the political sentiments presented in this book. However, as the old saying goes, "if you completely agree with another person, then only one of you is doing the thinking." And I believe the point of this book is to make you think and make you question the accuracy (and verity) of politicians and the media.
Al Franken does this very well; in an entertaining, humorous, and gleefully acerbic manner. I can't say that he changed my mind or changed my politics, but he did change the way that I look at political commentary and the people who make it.
I don't think the point of this book was to turn you into a zombie-like liberal Democrat. To me, the point was that you can't believe anything you read or hear unless you check the facts. Liars do lie.
Writing a good historical novel is a delicate balancing act. The author must build a world that existed in the past while presenting it in a manner that a modern reader will relate to. Unfortunately, Patterson did not achieve this. The book is filled with characters and actions that are totally unbelievable in the context of the middle ages. The plot was weak and strictly formula. The protagonist found himself if a life-threatening situation and miraculously escaped -- time after time after time. I have enjoyed many books by Patterson, but this was definitely not one of them!
It's not that there is really anything wrong with Macworld Audible News. The stories are current and the reporting is thorough. However, at 15 minutes a week, it is just not a good value.
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