I took beginning thermo in my wasted youth and wished that I could have had this book to lean on while I was taking the class. I thought it was humorous and accessible. I listened to it walking to work and I chuckled out loud at several things. Near the end, when the narrator was talking about phase diagrams, I could have used the figures in the "downloadable pdf" he kept referring to. Apparently Audible doesn't offer this with the book, which is a glaring omission. The book itself is worth getting if you want a very general overview of the 0th through 3rd laws of thermodynamics. It made me want to study the topic further!
I thought the story was unbelievably trite. I found myself predicting out loud what was going to happen next and being right 90% of the time. It sounded like something a boy in his teens would write. An unsophisticated boy.
Never. The reader sounded like he was putting exclamation points on the ends of all his sentences. No subtlety at all in his delivery.
I wished I could get the hours back I wasted on this stupid book.
It is a fascinating story, excellently written and well-researched.
I'm not at all a war buff, and I bought this book only because it was on sale and I thought I'd learn a little history. I was completely bowled over by it. Tuchman did a thorough job researching myriad historical details, weaving them into a coherent and fascinating story of the events leading up to WWI and the first few weeks of the war. I was expecting it to be a little dry and a little dull. I was not expecting to marathon-listen, which is what I ended up doing. The narration was flawless, the story was fascinating. I can't recommend this book enough. I've added more of Tuchman's works to my wish list. If Audible had been around when I was in high school, I might have become a history major.
I'd buy another Erdrich book, but not if Farmer narrated it.
This story is about the effects of a violent crime on the coming of age of a teenage boy. It is woven in an interesting way with little bits of insight on how laws governing native Americans have been manipulated to rob them of their wealth, dignity, and self reliance. However, the narrator- chosen I think because he is native American- really detracted from the story. He read the first chapter so slowly that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stand listening to the book at all. Someone must have pointed this out to him because he sped up the reading in subsequent chapters. He also had an irritating habit of pausing so that descriptive clauses sounded like they were part of the next sentence, e.g. "She made us a lunch of sandwiches, pickles, and fry bread. Wrapped to absorb the grease, which I put into my bag." (Not an actual sentence from the book, but meant to illustrate the odd pauses). I was relieved to finish the book just to be done with the awful narration. Overall I thought the story was good, but I'd wished I'd read it instead of listened to it.
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