Portland, OR | Member Since 2010
A fun listen, my first experience with the author. And the narrator was perfect for the story (a pleasant experience after several other recent audible experiences).
I was worried this would fall more into a "fantasy" category and that I wouldn't like it. But it's complicated enough to hold interest, and the story develops well. Am looking forward to the next volume in the series!
The narration was good. I'd be reticent to read another book by Markopolos unless I knew for sure that it didn't take the same self-congratulatory tone. One per author lifetime is certainly a sufficient quota.
This book is a great reminder of how badly things can go wrong, and how blind we can be to reality we don't want to see. It's certainly not the first book to tell such a story, but this one goes into such detail, and the whole process went for so long, that it really stands out as a learning opportunity.
This story makes you remember that there's always a personal story behind every event, and Adam Brown's story is a particularly motivating one. However, note the publisher: Christian Audio. The story has an intense religious focus - far more than is necessary to tell the story.
Getting the life stories of 6 people who have hit it big in the lottery might be somewhat interesting, but even if you figure out all the things they seem to have in common, and then emulate those things yourself, it won't increase your chance of winning the lottery. It's a random event after all. The stories in Breaking Out come across the same way. The book profiles a number of people who hit it big in one way or another, looks for commonalities using a variety of esoteric sounding terms, and then seems to suggest that "you can do it too." It's probably almost a random as the lottery, and the book doesn't actually give you any actionable information. Something actionable would certainly help, but it still leaves unclear whether "breaking out" is ultimately a roll of the dice kind of situation, no matter what you do.
It will make me even more suspicious of self-help type volumes. I got suckered into this one by reviews and by the book's website.
I have not read a lot of "cli fi" and wanted to explore the genre. I really enjoyed the book, a mix of a totally fictional story with an at least potentially plausible scenario of the future. The narrator did a very good job with a lot of characters to represent.
The book actually got me thinking about the fact that gene splicing is in fact likely to become routine in the future. While most authors talk about how great that will be for food supply and other things, this book raises the very interesting question of how the same technology can be used to nefarious ends. Much like we're constantly fighting a rear-guard action against cyberwarfare today, what's to prevent us from face gene warfare tomorrow?
Want to see what climate change could mean? Here's one version to sink your teeth into.
If someone is looking for something little more than background noise, this might do the trick.
I don't read a lot of pure thriller fiction, and tend to limit myself to just a few authors so I don't overdo it. Lee Child has been one of those authors, and I've always enjoyed reading his books. But like Tom Clancy did many years ago, Lee Child seems to have reached the point where the books are nothing more than "written to recipe." So it won't turn me off from the genre, but I'm afraid there's no longer anything to be gained from Jack Reacher. If I hear the term "it's 50-50, just like the toss of a coin" one more time I'm going to scream.
It was impossible to listen to at 1.0 speed, and 1.25 made it bearable. But a couple of times I could have sworn the book changed narrators, which didn't make sense. And the there was an enormous amount of female voice in the book, which the narrator just couldn't do.
The fact that they didn't figure out until the end that opium was involved, given that the action involved Afghanistan, was bizarre. How can two people who have such uncanny abilities and insights in every other aspect of the book totally miss the obvious for hundreds and hundreds of pages.
No. It's a message that's clearly worth hearing once, but there would be little additional value or excitement to a second time.
It's a genre of its own.
The author ran an experiment which many of would conceptually like to pursue, but few of us ever would. Living the experiment vicariously delivers a lot of the learning, without the pain.
This is a 1.5 speed read. You don't need to listen at 1.0 speed to get the point, and I moved it to 1.5 speed about 1/3 of the way in.
I'll admit that I was in tears by the end of this book. A great story of human perseverence against pretty tough odds. Like most books, you may not need to listen to this at normal speed. 1.5 speed worked well for me for the material.
One Second After is an example of a genre of books that tries to combine an interesting story with a very important point (2084 - Stories from the Great Warming) being another excellent example), in this case just how dependent we have become on energy and technology, and the fact that we ought to be better managing the risk of an electro-magnetic pulse attack. The story starts out a little slow, but it does pull you in, and it definitely makes its point! It's not overly complex in terms of its demands on your imagination, so for me this was a 1.5 (speed) read. Definitely recommended.
Nothing. As mentioned in other reviews (now that I've done back and read them more carefully) this is basically a Grade B movie script that's been done a number of times. I keep thinking I'm reading the book version of the Final Countdown. To each their own, although giving a storyline like this 5-stars is really hard to understand.
Unless something changes radically in the next 10 hours of listening, assuming I get that far, I won't be purchasing any more of the series.
Not much. The story line is just to silly. I'll admit I'm a sci-fi fan rather than a fantasy fan.
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