I enjoy history, but I insist that it be written in a way that keeps my attention. This book did not. Honestly, it was pretty boring, and that surprised me since the subject matter was interesting and should have been able to hold anyone's attention. Honestly, don't waste your time with this book unless you are looking to be put to sleep.
The narrator is terrible. Her voice work doesn't sound natural at all. She does this weird open mouth pronunciation thing that sounds painfully forced and awful.
Her voice sounds like someone who is trying to sound more refined than they actually are. It's forced, and really painful to listen to.
In the section on hops the author discusses the difference between lagers and ales without once mentioning fermentation temperatures. This makes me question all of the information in the book - if this part was missing such an obvious piece of information, how many other parts are inaccurate or incomplete?
I honestly had hoped for something a little easier to follow. I've enjoyed other Modern Scholar works before, but this seemed less organized than the others. It still has good information and isn't hard to listen to, but I didn't retain as much as I'd like.
This book stunned me. I'd heard a few interviews with the author, and wasn't sure the book would actually give more information than those interviews but it really did. I'm thrilled that I spent the time listening to it. The family's story moved me, the scientific concepts intrigued me, and the personal parts brought me in. Even the voicing is excellent.
Like all of Mary Roach's work, this is a really fun book to listen to! It's actually a little more well-organized than her previous work, but just as much fun. Her humor and accessibility are still at 100%!
My only complaint is similar to all of her work - there could be more science here. The lay public CAN handle science, and holding back on it does a disservice to those of us who crave more.
Having heard a few interviews with McKibben I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with it. I felt it did not actually discuss the topic of how we could live in the future much, and mostly discussed current and past problems. Also, it was very badly organized - bouncing around from one idea to the next with no real structure. I really don't recommend it.
While the information in this book was accurate and somewhat interesting, I had hoped that it would take a more creative route. I was looking at this book after enjoying "A Zombie Survival Guide" and this did NOT fit the bill.
This is certainly one of the best books I have listened to or read in the past few years. The plot kept me engaged, the world creation is fascinating, and the characters are explored deeply.
I have no complaints, and simply can't wait for the next one!
I've loved nearly all of Terry Pratchett's work, and this one is no exception. While his stories and characters have matured over the course of his career, it is nice to see him return to the wizards on Unseen University.
I'm not much a sports fan, so the football theme is not really my cup of tea, but this book did manage to make it fun and interesting to me. Seeing the character growth of Ponder Stibbins was a particular joy.
On the other hand, unlike several of the more recent Discworld books, this one does not really move the world plot forward at all. With Pratchett's career's end on the horizon, I hope to see at least some glimpse of the coming future of the Disc. In this sense, the book did not deliver.
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