Brilliant! Very Funny! I and my teenage children were talking and laughing about the pompous and self-absorbed Herr Professor Doctor Doctor von Englefeldt and his friend and rival, Professor Unterholz long after the book had ended. Kept everyone absorbed for it's entirety on a long drive to Florida down I-95. I chuckle still, writing this.
This author is not completely an apologist for the oil industry, but that's what he does for the first half of the book. The second half is a sensible analysis of our energy sources , how much we need, and honest appraisals of alternative sources, done from the perspective of an engineer. Worth listening to to get a balanced insight to energy policy.
The book is written like an English class assignment.."write a very long essay about an important american, minimum length 600 pages." If you want to know what kind of underwear he wore, and what his mother had to say about it, and how his fifth-grade teacher influenced him to change it, and what he packed for lunch, listen to this book. I've had this recording a year now, and keep going back to it, because Oppenheimer's story should be fascinating, amazing. But I can't get through it. Socialist/communist parents, brilliant kid, instrumental in managing the development of the atomic bomb for the defense of the US, an outspoken patriot, then ostracized by a reactive element of the US Govt. (remember McCarthy and the red scare?). How could this story be told in such a way as to be so deadly dull? How could his every encounter with key American figures at such a pivotal time in our history be so anesthetic? The author manages.
Well written, well narrated, unusual take on the psychology of battle, youth, and aging. Not brilliant, but very good. I found myself wanting to stay in the car, to keep listening to the story. A good book for a road trip.
Ever have to write a 10 page essay, but said it all in the first page? Well this author had an essay of good material but had to write a book. Long digressions into the celebrations of the first trans-atlantic telegraph cable..the application of science to medical arts..a smug history of "modern" medicine..all tiresomely told. I'm afraid I can't finish this book before I develop a fever myself...If you want to know about the topic, listen to "FLU", much better told, and shorter.
good topic, bad reader. Sorry Gina, between poor diction and your slight speech impediment, you mess up your otherwise interesting book. Mumbled speech in audio media is like smudged type in a book....not OK. I would read this, not listen to it.
The author brings the reader's interest in right from the beginning, and paints a panoramic picture of the forces, both of nature and man, at play in this stunning event that altered national politics. It's sobering that we (and the media) are so unaware of the regular, catastrophic flood history of the region.
Who could not like "Treasure Island", Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, the Admiral Benbow Inn? The quintessential pirate treasure tale, Stevenson's work is a better listen than read; I've found this true with much late 1800, early 1900 literature (like Huckleberry Finn). The reader does a great job. If your only experience has been printed, try a listen.
This audio book is remarkably well read, and the story sucked me in within the first chapter. I hated to get out of my car and leave it. My wife enjoyed it as much as me...an unusual occurence. Wonderful. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
John McPhee's books often start slow, but become steadily more and more interesting and informative as you go along. The Founding Fish mixes his obsession with fishing for shad with info on this amazing little fish, and it's importance in American History. Unfortunately the reader sounds like the slow kid in your third grade reading circle, making McPhee's slow story development unbearable. I can't get through it even after 4 determined tries. If you like McPhee, try The Pine Barrens, or Oranges, or Basin and Range, or The Delta Pumkinseed.
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