I liked the book. Some interesting history and the background to the dawn of the space race. The narrator had a tone and pace that was neither over-bearing or monotonous.
It's a not-so-flattering, but fact based biography of one of America's iconic figures in technology. Jobs is less a technophile, than a modern day hippy determined to control, guide, father the companies and ideas he manages. He may have his detractors, his enemies and his nay-sayers, but the man has magnetism and undeniable charm.
I was expecting a fact based history, but instead got this melodramatic early-afternoon soap-opera shlock. My fault really, I should have read the description a little more carefully.
If you want "Days of our Lives" set in late Greek history then this is what you want.
Otherwise, steer clear.
If you own any audiobook, you MUST own this one. This is what Audible wants from all it's audiobooks. It's deep, witty, endlessly addictive to listen to and brilliantly written by Bryson.
I owned the abridged version at first, which was amusingly narrated by Bryson himself. It was good, Bryson was effective in his delivery but the unabridged version is perfection. The narrator is glib, articulate and just serious enough to give the many Bryson humorous tidbits the dryly stinging delivery they need.
I've listened to this book hundreds of times, learning something new every time I hear bits and pieces of its 18+ hours of dialogue.
I've long been enamoured with the "Life Beyond Earth" presentation I originally watched on PBS years ago. The show falls oh-so close to perfection; effortlessly able to evoke awe, wonder and downright mind-blowing concepts backeded by a perfect narration by Timmothy Ferris and a fantastic and original musical score.
This audiobook can't compare to the original showing, only offering a short prologue by Ferris with anything new. It does little more than remind me of the brilliance of the original television production, with a moving and heartfelt dedication to the late Carl Sagan.
I enjoyed the audiobook. From the clear reading by the narrator to the depth and quality of research and thoroughness that we've come to expect from the late David Halberstam, this audiobook delivers. I've long been a fan of Belichick's professional approach towards his craft, and the brilliance in which he manipulates cold hard facts with the greater unknowns of human nature and motivation.
The narrator takes the subject matter a bit too seriously for me at times, which otherwise only slightly detracts from a very entertaining "listen".
For the most part this audio book was interesting, but the author spends an inordinate amount of time on subjects very few people may have even heard of. I seem to recall the author visiting the subject of "Ducks" (yes, Ducks...you'd have to hear it to believe it) a bit too often. His science seems a bit weak, too.
Hearing more about mainstream Superheroes and perhaps the psychological implications of their powers and less about the history of comic books might have made this a thoroughly enjoyable book. As is, it's only "promsing" and ocassionally attention grabbing.
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