This autobiography of the economist Thomas Sowell helps you understand how many of his ideas, especially about education, were formed. As a man who was able to reach the heights of academic prominence, he illustrates how high academic expectations for children from any socio-economic background create fertile ground for their future successes. Even though the author had his own academic bumps along the way, due to family problems in high school, the spark was there from his earlier educational experiences to propel his pursuit of excellence forward.
It was also interesting to see how Sowell's own independent streak influenced his odyssey. He is definitely a man who knows his own mind and will not be pushed around by anyone. This is evidenced fairly early in his life and is a theme that continues throughout this book.
I wish he had discussed more the intellectual odyssey that influence the change in his economic philosophy from Marxism to the one he holds today. But, perhaps that is for another book.
I thought that the reader was excellent and made the autobiography come to life.
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Fun, although implausible, read. This book would have been much better with a different reader. Somewhat marginal dialog was made much worse by the stilted reading. I was about 10 hours into the book before I could ignore the reader's flaws and pay attention to the plot. I would like to read the sequel, but probably will buy the book rather than listen to it.
I loved every minute of this lovely book. I wanted it to go on and on into the next generations. This book was magnificently written and beautifully narrated.
The unabridged version seems to be a daunting length when you first pick it up, but it is worth every minute, and then some.
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The characters in this book were well-drawn, and I think the author got to their core. The narration helped in that regard as each character had his or her own subtle voice.
This is the story of many lonely people who wanted more and were denied. Each life intertwined with the deaf-mute, Mr. Singer, who was ultimately the loneliest in his prison of silence. It's not a book to listen to if you are feeling down, but well worth hearing for the characters and their points of view.
From the minute I started this book, I could not stop listening. Arlene, an Alabama girl trasplanted in Chicago, must go home to face her complicated past and the secrets it contains. This was a well-crafted book, and the story moves quickly. I loved the narrator, who has a quiet easiness, and who paces the narrative perfectly for the story, told through Arlene's inner voice.
One will not regret the time spent on this book. Worth every minute and every penny spent!
A person with a book is never without a friend.
I loved this book. It inspired me to look at my reading life in a whole different way. It had many great ideas for how to get the most out of your reading life. The idea of journaliing the books you read has been very beneficial to me in the month since I "read" this book. It has helped me clarify my own thoughts on a book I read and channel my future reading plans. As a person who has hit my middle years, I realize there are so many things I want to read before my life is over, and this has helped me organize my ideas so as to read what I want to read rather than what I feel I "should" read.
As a person with far too many unfinished books that I haven't the will to finish, it was a great relief to hear that it is okay to shelve them unfinished! Even though I know this, it was nice to hear it from a third party.
The author does a really nice job narrating his own book.
This was a delightful "read". The story of a stressed-out lawyer, stripped of her job and accidentally ending up in the unlikely position of a housekeeper for a nouveau riche couple at a country estate, was very entertaining. I was sorry when it ended. The narrator was superb. It was a great yarn for all who fantasize about a simpler life.
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