I was expecting a scientific book about the planets, instead I got a book whose author gives equal weight to the biblical account of the creation of the universe. If you are going to compare rigorous scientific theory with fantasy then don't label it as non-fiction.
While the author obviously knows his stuff, he was not able to translate it into a good listening book for non-physicists. The constant references to diagrams that you have to download and have handy while listening was incredibly bothersome. I was hoping for a book similar to "Particle Physics - A Very Short Introduction" by Frank Close. But the author of this book provides very few real-world examples and sticks to pure theory and minutia. I thought way too much time was spent explaining the spins of electrons. Unless real-world implications are discussed, it quickly becomes very dry and boring.
Additionally, the narrator was quite dull. Admittedly, he was probably bored with the material, too.
Wow, I really thought I liked Adam Carolla but upon hearing his world view I am no longer a fan. Adam is very forthright in the beginning of this book by admitting he is dumb, i.e. he doesn't know how to read or write due to his focus on sports in high-school and the fact that he was just passed over from grade to grade.
That admission aside, he then goes on to actually prove his stupidity by attempting to explain how he thinks US tax policy should work. Great, an admitted moron now thinks he is smart enough to develop a fair system of taxation. Purely due to the fact that he is a friend of Jimmy Kimmel, this ass-wipe thinks that he "worked hard" and "earned" all his millions of dollars in annual income. Loser here would still be a high-school drop-out and digging ditches for $7.00 and hour if not for Jimmy Kimmel. He has zero talent and has zero work for all the millions in income he has. Given that he luckily sneaked into the upper-class purely by knowing someone who has talent, he then goes on to rationalize his millions and to rant on our current taxation system. Specifically, that the rich are over taxed in the US! He is angry that the top 1% of the US pay 40% of the taxes in the US. Really? Well maybe you should also mention that the richest 1% of the US also owns as much as the combined wealth of the bottom 90%, or perhaps even more, before you start ranting that the poor rich people in the US are over-taxed.
What a total douchey ass-wipe. Unsubscribing from his podcast now.
I was intrigued by the description of this book and I was looking forward to listening to psychiatric case histories. However, the author padded this book with so much useless content on topics such as the lives of co-workers, quality of life in Boston vs Los Angeles, and his personal morning routines, that I am convinced he was being paid per word. Also, the author relates case information starting from the 1970's but includes too many details about things like what newspaper his colleague was reading and what danish he ordered at a coffee shop. He lost credibility by adding all these details as they did nothing to advance the story and because it is improbable that anyone would remember such mundane minutia almost 40 years later.
While perhaps timely in its day, Becker's attempt at answering "why" left me asking, "Why did I buy this book?" Esoteric and uninspired, Becker loses his audience in the first 30 minutes, where he discusses not his subject but himself - at great length. Readers would do better to leave this fossil in the navel-gazing '70's and instead read the classics of the genre, those which Becker proudly boasts he ignores.
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