There's a lot to learn from this book. The thinking is transformative, and the evidence base is strong and interesting. This was entertaining, and also strategically insightful.
Drive reminded me a bit of the Jobs biography mashed in with Gladwell's Blink, in a neat, concise and consumable package. If you enjoyed those, you'll enjoy this.
Everyone who has the ability to radically shift their organisation should listed to this for inspiration.
Ronson's book is a wrap-up of many of his essays and articles. For those who have read them before and want to hear them again, this is a nice way to do it. Ronson takes an intensely objective view at controversial figures and topics, and does so in a way that is self aware and often ingenious. His narration is perfectly suited to his writing style, and you come away with a sense of being wiser about the bits of the world that are usually somewhat veilled from us.
This should have been a fun listen...and Cline's absolutely fantastic book "14" proves that the author has the skill...but in the end, there's too much action sequence and not enough story. A good editor would have cut out literally half the text. I was bored.
Added to this was the weird decision to have a female voice the female characters. Male narrators do female voices fine. This decision was jarring.
Buy something else, and avoid disappointment. I recommend Cline's later novel, "14",which I continue to rave about without any hesitation.
A fantastic book, filled with mysteries and a payoff that doesn't let the reader down. Natural dialogue and engaging characters complement a plot that has its roots in Lovecraft but keeps its own character and vision. A surprising and radically enjoyable listen.
Porter's narration is enjoyable to listen to, with strong characterisation that pulls you in to the story rather than keeping you aware of the medium.
The book was compelling. I was finding excuses to drive places so that I could listen to it without feeling guilty.
It would be hard to imagine someone not enjoying this.
The voice acting in the Diamond Age is pretty spectacular - the voices are totally bievable, and the narration is pleasant and engaging.
The plot is clever, but the worldbuilding Stephenson pulls off is ambitious to the point of madness. And yet, he pulls it off 100%.
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