Brooks has a wry sense of humor, a gift of gab, and a good way with words. This is probably a better book to read than listen to, as the overworked parts could be scanned or skipped. His reading style, with constant portentous emphasis, becomes dull, and then irritating. Just as composers of music should not usually conduct the orchestra, writers who are amateur readers should let pros read their prose. (Ummm...sorry..) His reading almost kills an otherwise amusing, light read.
It is totally annoying that you want us to can a review to your templates. If we are going to write a review we don't need you pushing us into pigeonholes that may, or may not, suit the book, or what we have to say. These questions assume your readers have middle school mentalities, single digit IQs and can't think.
I don't know why I could never get interested in the characters. The performance is wonderful, the dialogue is realistic. Perhaps it's because the personalities are dreary in the extreme. I found my mind wandering while I listened and I never became curious about who the murderer was.
Perhaps. It would need a great Director and cinematographer to breathe life into it.
No, probably worse by a lot.
Jobs...The book is about his life.
Clumsy rendition with tone and emphasis that began to seem condescending and snotty.
I am surprised by the extremely unflattering picture painted of Jobs - which was exaggerated by the reading. I would have thought there would be a lot of criticism of this aspect of a really fascinating story. Perhaps if I had read the book rather than listening to it I would have had a different opinion. You could almost think Bill Gates had hired the narrator.
Totally implausible. You can only suspend so much credulity....then it becomes either silly or boring, or both.
This is a highly entertaining listen and the reader does a terrific job. It's a good, old fashioned story.
This is a fascinating book, read so badly it would be better to buy the print edition - which would have the advantage of maps.
The reading is done with a persistent inflection that becomes tedious to the point of stupefying. Nautical terms are mispronounced, which is really irritating. For example: Lead-line is pronounced as 'leed'. Leeward is pronounced as lee-ward rather than lew-'ard.
This is the first time a reading has spoiled an Audible book for me in almost 2 years. I really regret wasting money on it, though the book itself is superb.
I loved this delightful, human book. It is wonderfully read, and I was sorry when it was finished.
This book is superbly read, and a riveting account.
The negative reactions to this book may be caused by the occasionally arch tone of the reader. The choice of which words to emphasize sometimes makes the author sound supercilious. However, this is a close and personal look behind the statistics we tend to ignore, or pay only cursory attention. It is a healthy thing for those of us who are not the working poor, to have a look at the fragile existence of those struggling to get by on low wages. The writing is excellent, of course, and engaging.
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