For a thirty-something who hasn't studied much science since high-school biology, this was a bit challenging...but rewarding.
Hawking delivers a summary of the popular theories on the origin of our planet, it's place in the universe, and everything we know and don't know about the laws that govern it.
He does a good job of helping the layman understand what may be unfamiliar concepts (they were to me anyway) like the second law of thermodynamics, the event horizon, relativity and red shift by use of analogy and "for example" type descriptions. The best audience would seem to be a college science major who has a bit of a passion for astronomy or physics or the like.
I found the reader's voice a bit monotone and I could often hear more excitement and animation in Hawking's words by re-reading them aloud in my own mind.
This book is an introduction. A prelude to a new way of thinking about finances. It asks you to take hard second look at your financial habits. Think your savings account is making you money?? Wrong. Think your home is an asset? Wrong.
This book is chock full of sound advice about money and does an excellent job of explaining the fundamental change of thought necessary if you want to make yourself ?financially free?.
Don't expect much detail. You won't have to take notes while reading this one, but if you're just starting down the road to taking control of money rather than having money control you...this would be a great primer!
The narration was about average, a good solid reading that neither adds nor takes away from the content...pleasant voice to listen to.
If you're of Irish decent, the characters in this book will surely remind you of someone in your own family and bring back fond memories. You'll hear familiar clich?s and euphemisms throughout and be reminded of how they were used by your own grandparents or great aunt, etc.
Irish or not, you'll certainly find yourself grinning and even laughing out loud often while reading this book...because it's often funny. It's often bittersweet too, and it's a hard to put down.
Frank McCourt is not only a great storyteller, but he's a FANTASTIC reader. He narrates with a different voice for every character and the conversations flow so realistically you'd think you were standing right there in the pub in Limerick yourself!
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