The story itself is surprising, the classic elements of a 19th-century tale of giants astride the earth, with lust and madness to boot. I work in technology but this book had me see a more than one thing in a new light, and has built a deep respect in me for Tesla.
Yes, but I would check the length and consider carefully - this one was a monstrous length if consistently interesting and dense. I would love access to the notes and bibliography.
I thought his voices were over-the-top and quite fun therefore. He probably wouldn't appreciate me saying that. Mostly I though it was a very creditable performance.
Maybe but that would have been impossible without a cross-country road trip involving multiple drivers going non-stop. I listened to it while cooking - about 30 minutes to an hour several times a week - and it took me a month. It's a monster.
I recommend this one; filled with facts and questions which I hadn't taken the time to consider. How did we move from no electrical transmission to cities to cables 100 miles or longer, in 1890 - 1905? Why haven't we harnessed the rotational energy of the earth to generate electricity? Etc
This book is brutal and extraordinary - honest, forthright, the product of deep thought over decades, and a product of obvious personal pain. I could not recommend this book more highly if you are interested in the topic, and particularly if you know someone hungering to sign up for active duty in any military.
'What It Is Like to Go To War' is not a glorification of causes or combat, or really even pro- or anti-war. I found this a very clear-eyed, realistic, and also soft-hearted and broken meditation focused on the effects and causes. My favourite chapter was on 'the club' of men and the boys who want in; Marlantes' personal story is the motor which keeps the text moving.
The book also builds its argument well, meaning it gets better and goes deeper toward the end of the book. The only drawback to the listen is the occasional didactic tone Marlantes engages in specifically around policy - "we can't expect young kids to become warriors and then come back to us...we should...we must...etc" - which is aggravated by the narrator's sometimes overly-strident tone. Given the author's deliberately emotional arguments and his close-to-the-bone experience, this is very pardonable, and the book serves an effective argument over a layer of devastating memoir. To be clear, his experiences are visited in detail and are unavoidable.
Finally I have to say also that if you are a combat veteran, this is one author you are likely to respect and book you are likely to well, 'enjoy' among the BS which litters the so-called gods of war genre.
I would not - it has a couple good tips which I could tell them myself, and is not worth the ten hours of listening or whatever.
Only if it was short.
He really knows his accents
Steal from the minibar? I'm already generally very nice to hotel staff...I thought it would be more concise and filled with tips about what to do in hotels generally. It had a few tips but really, hearing about someone's work life is not my bag.
I'd bought this because Dan Savage raved about it on his podcast and then asked for tips about getting with a hotel worker...stuff like that was totally missing from the book, and in fact it was only mildly interesting.
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