OSC is an excellent writer. I am not looking for high action all the time. Sometimes I just want a good story and Xenocide is a good story. Of course OSC becomes philosophical, that's a large part of what Science Fiction is after all.... Listen to this book to listen to a good story where drama builds and characters are developed. He presents a great moral dilemma and looks at all sides of it. This is a very natural next book after Speaker for the Dead.
OSC sets up a great dilemma that has no seemingly good outcome for anyone. High action? No. Interesting? Yes. Is Ender the boy hero? No (you've read enough reviews to know that already though). Ender here is what we would have expected Ender the boy hero to grow up and become - a wisened older man. In addition, I liked how OSC developed Valentine; she is integral to Ender and her perspective on the Hive Queen made the buggers very real.
I enjoy all of Rudnicki's performances. What I especially like about OSC books, is that they are as entertaining as a movie. Many audio books are straight content and that is fine but not always entertaining. Rudnicki and OSC have captured the essence of a Readers Theater.
Not really. It would be too much.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in politics. This book helped me understand where the two-party systems originated and why we cling so tightly to our ideals. If you've never read anything about American history post revolutionary war and pre War 1812, then this would be the one to read. It captures the fragile state of our country and how it rested on the backs of a few men. It also shows how those men were true statesmen (but not without weakness) and dedicated to the virtuous beginning of the country.
No Washington = No America. Period. A legend in his own time.
I now understand how he is the Father of our country and probably one of the greatest people to have ever lived. I don't say that lightly either; I have read many biographies on many people and Ron Chernow leads us through Washington's life to demonstrate that without Washington, the Revolutionary war would have collapsed, how the constitutional convention would have floundered, and how he molded the first presidency to create a cohesive union of states. Washington was a good man to his core and was so respected by his peers and loved by the people that he was able to create unity where heated differences of belief existed. His presence enabled the very best from all these competing philosophies to emerge and take root in a young, fragile nation.
Thank you Mr. Chernow for writing this book; I appreciate great writing. Also, Scott Brick is great to listen to as well - good choice on a reader.
I was astonished; this book offered very little in the way of useful insights. Basically, it looks like the authors sent each CEO a questionaire, the PR dept filled out the form, included their marketing materials from the website, sent it back and the authors organized the book into short, snappy chapters intended to proffer transformational insights.
As you can tell, I do not recommend this book, UNLESS you have never read a business book and this is the first one, then you might like it. I recommend Good to Great, Execution, The Innovator's Dilemma, Built to Last or Seven Habits of Highly Effective People instead.
I didn't think book 2 would be better than book 1. But it was. Then I thought 3 couldn't be better than 2. And it was. Each book got better as the story evolved. I love the surprise ending which throw me every time and how the mystery unfolds. When it finally concluded, I just wanted more Mistborn...
I read a lot and listen a lot. This series has been my favorite; Sanderson takes story telling to a new level.
Also, the narration was excellent. Great voices and easy to listen to.
I usually don't give five stars on books but this deserves it. I highly recommend this book if you like fantasy or science fiction. The story line is excellent, the character development is rich, the excitment is fun, the twists and turns in the plot make this book an excellent listen. I also liked Michael Kramer - what a marvelous job he does on voicing all the characters; he is expert in his craft. He is up there with Stephan Rodnicki in the Ender's Game series.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Easy to understand; it was funny in parts but most of all, it's scary how much debt these countries have accumulated. The narrator is fine, but sounds a little smirkish at times. If you want to be able to talk intelligently about the European debt crisis, this book is a great start to understanding how it started, how the countries are dealing with it, and the magnitude of the problem.
I do wish it were a little longer and went into more detail on more of the countries. But, Michael Lewis has a knack to taking the complex and making it simple and entertaining. I have recommended it already to all my work colleagues.
I don't care what anyone has written - this was an awesome book. Of the four in the set, it was my second favorite - Ender's Game still is the best. I loved his philosphical take on life's questions and I liked the way OSC used sci-fi to give complex theories form and substance. I don't need action to enjoy sci-fi because much of the time, action can be contrived. But the theory and philosophy, well, that's something to think and talk about and explore further.
The Rodnicki cast is also terrific. When I listen to other sci-fi books, I wish Rodnicki and his group could do them as well as they bring to life the characters and events much more vividly than single narration.
I listened because my children had all read the book; it was a great listen. We had a great time discussing it together. Many times I would find myself just waiting to drive again so I could jump back into their world. I am in my late 40's and enjoyed this as much as any sci-fi book.
This is one of the better and more useful business books I have read
I especially liked how Geoff applied the lessons of sports and music to business and how a person can practice deliberately to dramatically improve performance. We put so much emphasis on those who are so talented when the reality is that hard
The narrator could have read a little slower. I liked his voice, but it was a little rushed.
The tagline if this book were made into a movie would be: Anyone can be great
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