As a history and historical fiction buff, I was looking forward to this book. I thought of all the possibilities of a world where Nazi Germany won WWII. However, Robert Harris didn't.
This is basically a not very interesting murder mystery.There's one plot twist which isn't really fleshed out, and so isn't very compelling.
I would not recommend this book.
While the number of books demonizing the food industry grows larger every year, this one deserves a place very near the top. Moss just lays out the economic and human drivers behind the fundamental alteration in the food chain. There is just a wealth of fascinating information, and human interest stories.
But then there's Scott Brick. Why does every sentence have to sound like a roller coaster? It wears you out after a while. Luckily, this is a Whispersync for Voice book, so I can consume most of it on my Kindle.
My biggest problem is not getting spoiled by the HBO series, which is doing an incredible job with the material. That said, there is a lot more depth in the books, and they are worth reading/listening to.
The narrator is very good, but perhaps not perfect. That said, I'm already into the second book, and will no doubt listen to them all.
Several times during this book, Sheryl mentions her TED talk. After the second mention, I watched it.
While I ended up finishing the book, I believe that Sheryl pretty much made her point in the 18-minute TED talk. This six-hour audiobook didn't add all that much substance to her essential premise.
But the book is not so fascinating. I've found that basing a book of history on a date (no matter how compelling the date. c.f. 1776), rather than a person or event doesn't make for a very good book.
While there were some interesting stories in this book, the overall effect was not that impressive.
A lot has changed in the middle east since this book was written, and a lot has changed in the way popular fiction is written. So this tome hasn't aged all that gracefully. That said, the narrator does a very good job with the material. I think the book is too long, although I made it all the way through.
I liked a lot of things about this book, but Rachel needs to hire a fact checker. The first thing that really bugged me was her telling of the invasion of Grenada. She said that Navy SEALs were riding in an Air Force jet. That doesn't happen. And then (three times, actually), she referred to ADMIRAL John Poindexter as a Marine.
Mmmm, Rachel, please, really, hire a fact checker.
In an average book, these faux paus might be overlooked, but Rachel is trying to guide military policy through her insights about the military. If you can't get basic facts about how the military works correct, you don't have a lot of credibility on the topic.
I know I'm late to the Discworld world (if you will), but I started with Going Postal and it's still my favorite. I've listened to about a dozen others, but I still haven't heard one as good. My second favorite(s), oddly enough, are the so-called young-adult stories featuring Tiffany Aching. I really liked her development as a character through the four books, and her down-to-earth world view.
Story interesting, but Mitnick's self-pity gets old. The guy was a criminal doing lots of economic damage.
I almost gave up on the book because the simultaneous "the government is being unfair" and "excuse me while I steal Sun Microsystem's source code while hacking into Pacific Bell's phone switch to illegally eavesdrop on calls." was just a bit much.
Also, even though I'm a technologist, the recitation of commands and phone numbers did not work well for an audiobook.
This is a book to re-read many times in a life, because the lessons can be re-learned and re-applied regardless of one's evolution as an enlightened person.
Dr. Covey does a very good job of reading his own classic. A must read for everyone.
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