This book was purchased for pure entertainment while driving long distance. I'd recommend to those with some broad interest in science and perhaps to use as a source of ideas for further reading. It's mostly anglo-centric, which isn't really a minus in the context the book is presented, I suppose.
This book is written by an ethologist, It's a non-fiction observational piece written from the perspective of one trained in the psychology of animals. It's not "Marley and Me" part 2. So in a sense, if you're expecting this book to be the endearing story of a girl and her dog you'll likely be disappointed if you're not also the kind of person that reads other science-oriented books. This book is more about the science of dog behavior and symbiosis with humans than about how cute puppies are. I did enjoy the book overall and found it to be informative and insightful. The narration is a little bland, but that's not as bad as having someone inflecting every other phrase improperly in an attempt to make false drama. I recently lost a dog to illness and old age that I lived with for 14 years and this book has made me feel better about the life I gave my dear companion. I don't completely agree with every premise herein, however that doesn't detract from quality of the product overall in my opinion. If you're into learning different ways of understanding things you're already familiar with and expanding your world-view this book might be for you.
This book has a lot more of the same bickering and bloviation found in a previous novel in this line, but it's somehow less irritating and easier to empathize with the characters despite this fact. This book is both sci-fi and philosophical in nature and more entertaining than the previous installment.
This is a good choice particularly if your knowledge of physics hasn't been updated since the late 80's.
The narration is passable, though sort of dry and the quality of the material is good. I didn't like the television metaphors so much as I'd like to recommend this book to my 80 year old father in law and these would be unrecognizable to him. I had the same thoughts as some others about some of the theoretical points, as in " who pays people to think this stuff up?"
I didn't read more than a couple of reviews for this
audiobook thinking that I could rely on the publishers description that it would be a somewhat objective book. It's more written from the perspective of a very well read left-leaning liberalist. It really doesn't explain anything, unless you are ripe for a good ol' brainwashing.
I personally don't prefer Scott Brick as a narrator for any book as he over-dramatises nearly everthing, and even brings drama into non-fiction when reading it. I did like Ender's Shadow immensely to my surprise as I didn't expect to be able to re-enter easily into the setting. Shadow of the Hegemon is also easy to get into. The downsides of the story to me are mostly to do with the Achilles character.
I couldn't believe that the mispronunciation of the name of the main antagonist was really throughout the second half of the book. What the H...? It was kind of hard to get past that misstep and enjoy the book without thinking every time it was said how dumb it seemed.
I can appreciate the prevailing sentiment of some reviewers that Mr. Jordan repeats many descriptions but for me it's been good as I listen to Audible five or six hours daily. The filler is bearable. Less so is the female character Nynaeve. She takes some of the fun out of all the segments she is in.
I've been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy for 21 years now and have known of this book for many years. I never chose to read it for some reason. I actually read Empire by Card prior to Ender's Game and liked the evenly audible and well done narration in addition to the elaborate storytelling so decided to give Card's Ender series a shot. I really enjoyed this book thoroughly. I will purchase more of O.S. Card's works and recommend without reservation Ender's Game. It's great sci-fi that's not overly techno-vocabulistic and brings me back to my earliest forays into sci-fi fandom.
I found this book to be entertaining and thought provoking at times, yet also vague and not focused at others. All considered, the book wasn't the objective science-based vision of the future
that I expected, but more a meandering commentary on environmental injustices since the industrial revolution. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for cheery utopian visions here. I would probably save my download credit if I could go back, and see what my world without it would be like. A good abridgement skillfully edited might change my mind though...
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