Frostburg, Maryland, United States | Member Since 2011
Probably not for a well-educated adult scientist but definitely a great listen for a young person interested in science. I consider myself the former but I still enjoyed it a lot and I'm sure I learned a few things (about science and mythology) and got a good review of a few things I already knew. Not really deep but just a great broad overview of science and the process we must go through to determine what is real and what is not. The author provides a number of examples of commonly accepted ideas that have been proven wrong through science and opens the reader's mind to the vast possibilities of potential new discoveries in the future.
I enjoyed this as much if not more than the first book. Being about contemporary Norse Gods seems a little odd at first but interesting (got over that in the process of reading the first book). Danny's conflicts are fun and I felt I could relate to him in some ways (even though I'm much older now). His interacting with people in his own age group is fun. I think what I really like is the parts of the story that take place in Westil (sp ?) with characters like Wad (the gate thief ... who lived for 1,000 years inside of a tree), Anonaway (sp ?) and her children, and Queen Bexoy. There is much magic and it is set up in a way that is fairly believable and very enjoyable.
I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this book. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but I still enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps it didn't live up to its expectations for me since I heard so many good things about it before I downloaded it. I liked the premise of the story with a young boy having way more responsibility than someone of his age should ever have and fighting his way through battle school. Our hero (Ender) goes through lots of soul searching and has to make a lot of tough decisions. He always seems to come out on top but being at the top can have some drawbacks.
This classic Stephen King story pits good vs. evil and takes you on an epic journey that starts with the end of the world as we know it and ends with the ultimate showdown. Do you dream of the old black woman or the man in black ?
This was a great book. It was fun to listen to and the narrator was animated and engaged making it easy to feel like you are experiencing the story first hand (some of that could be Michael Crichton's doing). It is different from other books by the author but I found it to be very entertaining. It is definitely action packed and never boring with lots of excellent plot twists and some dynamic story lines. Lots of great character traits and emotions ranging from honor, virtue, strategy, duty, and discipline to lust, deception, treachery, resentment, and revenge. If you've liked Michael Crichton's other books, you will enjoy this one as well.
I really enjoyed this book of early American history. It covers the siege of Boston and battles in New York and New Jersey in great detail with a lot of good character insights and historical information about the American, British, and Hessian Generals and soldiers. I am just starting to develop an interest in history and this was a good book from my perspective with good balance between analysis and raw information. I'm sure I'll listen and/or read more books by David McCullough though this was my first. I don't think he is the best narrator though as his voice can be somewhat dull, monotone, and nasal at times. That didn't ruin it for me though, and I'm sure I will listen to it and enjoy it again at some point in the future.
I really enjoyed iWoz. It was fun to listen to how a super intelligent kid grows up and achieves greatness. A lot of the book focuses on those younger days but that made it quite interesting to see the various progressions in Steve Wozniak's life (personal and professional). There is a lot of good material on the qualities he developed and maintained that seem to have made a difference in his life. It was very funny and entertaining too. Just trust me on that because I don't want to spoil any of it. I recommend downloading this one and having a listen.
The reader sounds nerdy which is appropriate for this type of book. He is enthusiastic. I only gave him 4 stars though because I figured 5 should be reserved for the case where Steve Wozniak reads the book (that would have been great).
I'm not a big Mac geek so I wasn't familiar with a lot of this history. I did recently start using Mac computers and am an iPhone user but that was only within the past couple of years. I vaguely remember some of those early (+/-) Mac computers (ones after the Apple II) from computer labs at school (college). The story is very compelling (and all true !). Overall it was a great read.
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