If you don't need this book, then chances are you don't talk to people. You do talk to people right? This book is well worth your time, if you don't learn anything from it then you probably have people skills to rival those of Charles Schwab or Abe Lincon.
I had heard about this book for years in various circles, in fact, I was even amused when it was referenced in the game "Baldurs Gate". I knew about it, yet I never took the time to read it. Well, I have now listened to it twice, and it will certanly get a third listening. I can't believe that I got this far in life and was unaware of some of the simple people skills presented in this work. Fortunately, I have done some of them naturally, and some have developed over time as I have grown up - still, had I had this book 20 years ago my life would have been a whole lot easier.
This book is not filled with "tricks" to get people to like you, rather, it is how to develop your own character so that people like you naturally, and you like them naturally as well. No "tricks" involved, but it certanly gives you better insight into the nature of people, and I can testify that it works incredibly well.
This is a brilliant work, with the stories well told. I could not wait to pick it back up again as the descriptions were vivid and the science came across very well.
My only complaint about the work at all is that the narrator mispronounces some of the elements used in nuclear science. For example he pronounced tritium as "trisham" and a few other elements sounded strange. Other than that, I felt the book was excellent, I would give it six stars if I could.
This is incredibly well made, and the voice acting is excellent.
You should be aware that this is only the first 3 chapters from Ulysses, and therefore it is a "sampler" for the work as a whole. You will have to purchase the other two sets to have the full and unabridged reading of Ulysses, which I currently listening to. In fact, I found that this presentation is easier to follow than the book itself. The strange "free flowing thought" that Joyce uses lends itself exceptionally well to narration and voice acting. Perhaps moreso than any other audiobook I have yet listened to.
While I like it as a "lite" version of the Oddyssey, and the voice acting in the story itself is good - the commercials and interruptions are incredibly annoying - and take up much of the total time of the listen.
This audiobook is a direct translation from the ratio - without the removal of commercials, or, the intro and outro segments of each session. I would guess that at least 10 min of each of the seven segments is wasted time - that is about 70 min of audio that is totally useless to the modern listener.
I am listening to this book for the second time. It is highly informative, and incredibly entertaining. Bryson's journey through a brief history of science is both funny and enlightening. He manages to take normally dry subject matter, and make it both comprehensable and fun to listen to. He not only discusses the subject matter of the scientists, but the personalities of the scientists themselves, and some of them were quite the characters.
Do yourself a favour, and get this version - the unabridged one. If you get the abridged version, you will probably regret that you did not get the unabridged version.
The clarity of the audio is also excellent, and the narration is extremely professional as well.
I cannot reccomend this title highly enough.
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