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The intimate details of the author’s experiences make this a difficult review. I’ve recommended this book more often and for more reasons than I can mention. Its entertainment value alone is worth the price of admission.. The knowledge gathered and imparted by the author is fascinating at times, disturbing at others. One of my measures of a good book is its ability to spank my naivete. In other words, the more often I can honestly say, “I didn’t know that”… the greater the book. Surprisingly, I was spanked quit often throughout. If you enjoyed “Super Size ME” or “Fast Food Nation” you’ll really like The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
It's a bitter sweet story. As an IT pro, I want to punch this guy in the head. As an IT pro, it's important to give credit to Kevin as he was one of the first to expose the vulnerabilities of technology (new and old). The story itself is interesting from a retrospective view in that Kevin's antics where viewed as magical and mystical. By today's standards, he looks like a common thief, a huge nuisance and a decent CON man.
Ray did an EXCELLENT job. Smooth and articulate.
...yes, this is important reading for any nerd. Kevin got away with a lot of criminal acts. His perspective (in retrospect) is that the general public was overly paranoid. '...just doing it for fun...' However, what he did was WRONG, unethical, intrusive, criminal and he KNEW it.
...but I'm the guy that would love to chop the fingers off of spammers, criminal grade hackers and malware devs.
Woz wrote the forward for this... he's one of my all time hero's in the biz. Again, bittersweet. If Woz thinks this guy (Kevin) is alright, then... grant mercy on Kevin's nerd soul. On the other hand, was Woz 'Socially Engineered' by Kevin...probably yes?
Greenwald spends a majority of first portion of the book admitting his lack of technical prowess, his unwillingness to embrace (Snowden’s) constant prodding to use encrypted forms of communication, etc. He discounts himself in this manner throughout, thus undermining his side of this story. There’s quite a bite of unnecessary drama (insisting on publishing under my deadlines, my terms) throughout. Greenwald must have insisted that this be published ‘AS IS’ without a professional editors consultation.
"Who do I think would enjoy this book" - Any other narcissistic 'reporter'.
Very self indulgent. While toting the 'Snowden wanted to make certain this wasn't about Snowden...it's about abuses'... the author could have followed that mantra. Is this about Greenwald and his 'scoop' or is it about exposing abuses.
I'd picked this up with the intent of gaining knowledge about 'Snowden' and his adventures / misadventures. I'll keep looking. I'm interested in the ONGOING ramifications of Snowden's willingness and ability to 'blow the whistle'.
Gillian Flynn on Prozac. This twisty tale would've been more appealing to me with a lot less introspective whining, some better character development and a lot more spice (murder, mayhem and gratuitous sex).
Yes...it's full of complex and interesting detail. Think McGyver on crack with a fantastic sense of humor.
I've got a FAT library... HUGE! I can't think of anything that comes close. It did remind me (remotely) of the movie GRAVITY...but this story was much, much better. I'm looking forward to the movie....oh yeah...
The typical...if I would have actually READ the book, I'd have missed out on all of the fantastic chores I was able to do WHILE listening to Bray's narration. He does an excellent job!
The indomitable spirit of the protagonist. Although fiction...it made me think "I'm a wimp...cause I would have totally give up at this part". The protagonist goes through trails and tribulations that where daunting...and all with a sense of humor.
READ IT. I'd recommending this to all my book buddies.
Anyone interested in the Holocaust should read / listen to this story. It's short. Told from the child perspective. HOWEVER, the narration was a challenge. Most of the narration was told in a whining voice. Tough to tolerate even for a short story.
Perhaps "The Book Thief" is the only story I can put close this. Only because its from the same era.
A movie would be an interesting attempt.
The story is important to hear. The narration (for a surly old man like myself) was a challenge. Perhaps read from a stronger perspective. My opinion is that a child's perspective (normally very malleable and possibly in a constant state of change), is challenging, and is seldom static. It's very (VERY) hard to imagine the main protagonist speaking in the narrators whining tone. Bring your cheese!!
As a private pilot, I KNOW the value of a simple check list. Simple tasks such as SECURE AND LATCH PASSENGER DOOR can become lost in the routine and could become a fatal mistake. Defining simple, yet critical tasks and consistently reviewing them removes untold volumes of liability. Thank you Mr. Gawande. I have a checklist, not OCD!
Exceptionally well wrought!! A history, biology and genealogical story cleverly wrapped in well narrated format. I truly enjoyed this listen and appreciated the author's painstaking patience with the Lacks family and the in-depth explanation of the HELA cell's science. It's hard to imagine a biology lesson being presented in any better arrangement. Thanks and BRAVO Rebecca!
Booo! Markopolos whines, complains, and demeans his way through 10 years of attempting to expose the greatest Ponzi scheme ever. Perhaps my expectations where way off the mark as I was looking for a broader perspective or deeper insight of the entire Madeoff operation and story, maybe an intimate glimpse inside the sausage factory. What I got was No one would listen or Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I'll go eat worms. If you truly enjoy tireless whining and ongoing redundant depreciative remarks (10 years worth) this is a must read / listen.
Markopolos claims a Whistle Blowers status in a circumstance that imploded on its own as he admits it had to as "all Ponzi schemes eventually have to fail". Prevailing GLOBAL circumstances exposed Madeoff more than this crybaby. Like an earthquake geologist sending you anonymous emails (for 10 years) telling you There's going to be an quake! and when it finally happens, he gets some perverse pleasure in saying I told you so and you wouldnt listen you stupid moron. Sorry Harry your messages are in my spam folder!! Brick's narrative is awesome as always.
"Quit bothering me, man". I don't know how ANYONE can tolerate teaching teens. God bless'm! I have some of my own. It is my opinion that teachers should be held in the highest esteem, paid exobintantly and worshipped by all. Teachers have the most important jobs in any society (no, I'm not a teacher). "Teacher Man" was absolutely fantastic and enjoyable. Read well... My only wish was that it was longer.
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