This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. I have listened to several fiction and non-fiction books but none of them come close to being as captivating as this one. When I tell my friends about this book I describe it as one of the best historical fiction books ever authored.
I have listened to it several times. It's a frightening portrayal of a hypocritical system and a browbeaten society that together were complicit in locking up a vast number of their fellow citizens who did nothing wrong.
The authors wit in describing the insanity of what he went through often makes me laugh.
On of my favorite parts of the book was where he described the the show trials of the scientists.
It's like bizzaro world. Engineers are held in scorn. Even the lowliest janitor would think nothing of giving a good smack upside the head of an Engineer. Meanwhile, in the Gulags the hardcore criminals are the kings. They sit around all day joking and playing cards while all the wrongly imprisoned average citizens are forced to do hard labor.
Imagine if the government randomly grabbed people on their way to work and threw them in the middle of Attica where the guards would curse them and force them into hard labor while all the other inmates stood around and laughed.
I think Reagan was very precise when he called Russia the Evil Empire.
Yes, I like Davidson's work and this is no exception. I doubt I would have listened to this so many times if it were not for Davidson's excellent narration. I think he speaks with a tone that the author would approve of.
It just blows me away. It's hard to come to grips that this is a true story. It sort of reminds me of Orwell and Rand, but in this case it's not fiction.
"Oh, Bertrand Russell! Oh, Hewlett Johnson! Where, oh where, was your flaming conscience at that time?"
— Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Harper & Row, 1974.
iWoz is one of my favorite audible books of all time (on par with "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"). Its very inspiring. I wish I could have listened to this 15 years ago while I was taking computer architecture and digital logic in college. Its nice to know about the people actually inventing and really doing the stuff you read about in textbooks.
The first hour was a little tedious unless you are interested in hearing about a bunch of guys and the size of their budgets. Once it got in to the technical details of the work being done at PARC it got really good. Note that "iWoz" is a much better listen but I still give this book 4 stars.
You learn not only about the science of the human genome but you learn about the competition that went on between the private sector and government funded projects. I found the story of Dr. Venter very interesting. After listening to this audio book I am eager to learn of new discoveries and new drugs that are made possible by the mapping of the human genome. Guess I'll have to get a subscription to Scientific American now.
The author was more interested in writing about herself than in telling the story of the AOL/TimeWarner merger. I felt like I was listening to a sorority girl/teaching assistant in the creative writing class at some university.
I really enjoyed this audio book. The true story was captivating. I couldn't wait to listen to each CD. The narator was great also. I am sad that its over.
I enjoyed this audio book. It exposed me to a time and place that I did know about. Like some of the other reviewers I found the narator a little anoying at first. Sometimes she read very slowly with long pauses in between sentances. It was like she was reading a sentance, then going out for lunch, coming back and then recording another couple of sentances before taking a nap. I bet she couldn't tell you a thing about the book after she was done recording it. She didn't even have a Chinese accent. However, I got used to the narrator and in the end it didn't distract me from the facinating story.
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