I wondered what all the hoopla was about after I had finished listening to the audiobook version of this. I don't have anything against the reader---she was OK. But the book content is a real slice-and-dice job of the original book. This abridged version cuts out a lot of the fun, quirky stuff and you don't get a sense of how funny the book really is. My advice: don't get this version.
Audible: please try to request an unabridged version!
Unbelievable brilliant tomfoolery
Mr. Feynman of course
A crazy fun read full of oh-no-he-didn't moments. Definitely worth a re-listen/reread. What strikes me most is that, as he says in the book, interesting stuff doesn't happen to him all of the time, but he makes sure to pay attention when interesting things do happen. I think that's just a generally good rule for living: you have to stay put sometimes to notice the little things that happen that are out of the ordinary. It also helps to be a good storyteller like Mr. Feynman.
About 15 hours less audio. Obviously not the performer's fault the book is so long.
OMG. Really. You employed that plot device?
The rediscovery of the Twentieth Century Motor Company.
Maybe one or two ideas: work hard and reap the benefits, slackers are evil.
I've been waiting a long time to read this book mainly because I heard it was onerous, but I hate sound bites and so I felt I had to undertake the journey myself. And a journey it was. Overall, I don't think it was necessarily poor writing because the story itself is about as complex as any work of fiction, though I feel the last bit of it relied on a true cop-out---Rand preaches the power of the mind and yet it is not that which the characters use to save the day. My biggest criticism of the work is the overwrought pedanticness of the author's viewpoint and how it is so narrowly focused that it excludes all manner of actual reality. We do not live in a world where the innovators and captains of industry are beyond brilliant, and that the antithesis is a mass of mooching animals. You can't dichotomize society that way. And yet the book ignores class and race differences, the impact of war and famine, disease and natural disasters. Rand's world has an endless supply of natural resources, unlimited capacity for pollution, and only two types of personalities: the smarties with endless motivation and the thoughtless pigs. Oh, did I mention it's endlessly too long punctuated by repetitive sermons?
Jason Bourne, of course
Jason Bourne, probably. Honestly, they were all kinda so-so.
No. It was just for fun.
The Bourne Identity is a fast-paced, intriguing story, but only if you suspend modern technology. The entirety of the story works because of the delay of communication, whether it be sending a telegraph or having to find a payphone. There are no iPhones, email, or other instantaneous social networks. Still, it's a fun romp that uses time and stealth as weapons to great effect.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson. :) No, seriously, Mr. Jackson is the reason for listening to this book. Clearly a gimmick, but a good one. Awwww yeah.
Somewhere between good to pretty good.
The three codas.
The last scene.
The last scene.
I've gone through a number of Scalzi books and they generally have been fun but more of what you would consider light reading. On that scale, Redshirts begins at the level of a comic book. If you like a lot of he said, then she said, then he said, then she asked, then he said, the she said... You get the point. If you survive that then the story does in fact get a lot better, and a little more complex, to something a little bit deeper. Not too deep, mind, you, but still refreshing that this short book doesn't just rely on the joke that people are avoiding the Narrative.
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