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Steve Jobs was definitely a man of superlatives. Having listened to Isaacson's in-depth narrative of the man and his career, I definitely feel like I have a better sense of who he was and what drove him. I found it amusing that with each step along the path, Jobs found things either "the best ever" or "a piece of s--t" - there didn't seem to be any middle ground with him. While I'm not sure I would have (or could have) handled working for someone that radically ruthless and unpredictable, I certainly found deep respect for what he's built and wanted to leave behind as his legacy.
Of a more technical note - I found Dylan Baker to be a fantastic narrator and Isaacson's style of telling coherent "episodes" in Jobs life instead of doing a purely linear biography didn't break the rhythm or coherence of the work. As a result, I would say that this book is definitely worth your ears' attention. Well done.
As the title says, quirks don't always make for a good story. Having listened to other Chris Moore books, I was eager to dive back into another one of his humorous yarns that generally leave me satisfied and wanting more. Typically, his characters are offbeat but well conceived. However, I was really disappointed by this outing. I never found myself engaging with any of his band of highly quirky characters (including a stoner constable, a loony B-movie actress, a stereotypical blues player, a reclusive and awkward scientist and cardboard cutout of a sheriff). The story also left me wanting - the "monster" was generally bland, and it's single-minded desires were also never well explained or explored. It seems the author was more intent to give all of his characters as many quirks and odd behavioral patterns as he could, without ever really trying to give them any grounding or plausible existence. As a result, the book lurched around, plodding from scene to scene without ever finding its voice or encouraging the listener to follow along and get involved in the story. I would skip this for other Moore titles like "A Dirty Job".
While I certainly enjoyed some of the concepts that Schmidt and Cohen present, I found myself constantly wishing more concrete examples of how the current tech is evolving would be used to back up their ideas. Several sounded off-base and were just plain hard to believe, several seemed to provide a roadmap for criminals to follow to make our lives miserable, and with the recent revelation of the NSA's PRISM program in the news, several ideas discussed have already proven to be outdated or have set back the digital age pretty dramatically.
Unfortunately, I just didn't find the information put together coherently, and found the book itself more focused with current politics and more mundane aspects of today's technology. I guess I was looking in the wrong place for inspiration on what the future holds.
My advice, pass on this one and don't wonder "what if?".
I had no idea that this book even existed until my 15-year old daughter brought a physical copy home and told us how good the first ten chapters had been. She gave us a simple overview, and seeing as both my wife and I enjoy a good zombie book, decided to see if Higson's books were available through Audible. To our dismay, only this first in his series is currently available in audio format, but we figured we'd give his origin story a try anyway.
We found this to be a new twist on zombie lore. Leaving children to fend for themselves in the midst of adult conversion into sick and twisted monsters that roam the London streets proved to be a good backdrop for his story.
The characters are fleshed out well (no pun intended) and you find yourself rooting for them as they have to navigate from one creepy and dangerous situation to another throughout the course of the story, and Higson does an admirable job of capturing tween/teen angst and particular brand of defiance that causes conflicts that might not exist for adults. Of course, I found myself on more than one occasion having flashbacks to the original Lord of the Flies story and wish that some of the antagonistic behaviors some of the kids have toward one another felt more original, but it doesn't diminish the overall arc of the story and the reader's investment with the kids.
The book ends with a couple of great setups for the sequals that I'm eager to follow-up with, but for now, I'm going to have to have to resort to buying the printed copies as no audiobooks exist (yet - I hope) for the other four in the series.
On a side note, Paul Whitehouse's reading of The Enemy was stellar and really added some authentic British feel (and accent) to the situation, and kept us riveted. My daughter listened after she finished reading her copy of the book and also said that she wished she'd listened instead as the narrator gave such a good performance and made each kid unique and identifiable.
All I can say is:hurry up Audible and get those others made! :)
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and I found myself constantly stunned by the lengths to which Mr. Rushdie was forced to live for 13 years after the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses. This book gives the listener a glimpse of what it takes to survive a situation of that magnitude and gravity, and it definitely showed people in their true light, both for good and bad. It still astounds me that a writer of fictional stories could be forced underground based on his story and shunned so thoroughly; don't people around the globe understand what the word 'fiction' is? In my modest opinion, if a story challenges your perceptions, then that is a good thing. If I don't like a book, I know I have the option to put it down. Joseph Anton was a wonderful read and I applaud Mr. Rushdie (who is not without his faults and which he lays bare in the book), for not sitting passively by throughout the ordeal fighting for the ability to lead a relatively normal life.
Given my title, let me first say that this was not an awful book by any means. It had some solid elements to it including the premise and descriptions and insights into ancient Mayan culture. The first couple of chapters were strong and laid a nice foundation that gave me high hopes. But the characters ended up flat and uninspired, and the story didn't really feel compelling in the way the early Michael Crichton or James Patterson novels might. The peril and pacing you would expect in an end of the world book seemed to be missing and it tended to focus on deciphering and interpreting a codex instead of pushing the story in other ways. Ultimately I felt a bit let down by these decisions and this book ends up as a middling effort; not terrible, but certainly not as good as it could have been.
Whoa! Author Richard Morgan has ginned up a massively complex, nuanced future world as well as highly imperfect but incredibly charismatic characters that keep you riveted through this epic story. I have to admit that while I love hard-boiled detective stories as much as anyone, I doubt Altered Carbon could get much more gritty. There is plenty of raw language and imagery (both sex and violence), but I feel it ultimately adds to the story, paints a more vivid picture of characters and isn't provided simply for shock value alone. The only minor complaint I have is that the narrator's voice is SO deep, that it was sometimes hard to understand what he was saying. Not so much as to lose key plot points, but irritating when I was driving and listening. Otherwise, it's s fantastic book and I am looking forward to listening to more from Morgan.
Haven't you ever wondered what science fiction red shirts do all day BEFORE they get wiped out? This story is a neatly packaged vision of what their lives could be aboard a spaceship and what forces conspire to lead them to their potential deaths. The pacing is quick, the dialog is snappy and not totally over the top, the characters are likeable enough and there isn't too much techno-babble to make your head swim. I wasn't completely sold on the ending, but the book has enough charm to still be worth listening to, especially if you are looking for something that won't require a lot of brain power. Plus, Will Wheaton's performance is spot on (and not just a little ironic given his career). Redshirts will definitely find a place in every Star Trek, TNG and Galaxy Quest fan's collection and makes for a fun, light distraction from heavier sci-fi fare.
I had little idea what to expect from A Dirty Job, and was more than pleasantly surprised with how engaging a novel this was. And when you combine Fisher Stevens' narration with the story, it mixes together to produce one of the funniest books I've listened to in a long time. There were points in the story where other drivers who were next to my son and me on the road must have thought we were escaped lunatics because we were laughing SO hard for so long. I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially for anyone who wants a wonderfully original yarn to listen to. I sincerely hope that Moore makes this into a series.
This is a wonderful spin on the zombie genre, and making it a tag-team affair between a struggling couple adds new dimensions to the idea of surviving the zombie apocalypse. Choices someone might make on their own are now turned on their head and challenged by ego, marital strife and cooperation issues, with both good and bad outcomes. The one thing I would keep in mind is that this story can be somewhat graphic (gore, not sex); too much for a younger listener (anyone under 16) in my opinion. But I've already got book two in my Wish List and looking forward to continuing the adventure.
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