This is one of the worst books I have heard.
Yes, there were some interesting ideas.
But there were so many errors and faulty assumptions, that it made it hard to accept even his simplistic and obvious claims (and he made many of these).
I resented his assertions that everyone but him, all scientists and AI (Artificial Intelligence) researchers in particular, just don't get it. I assume that some of this attitude comes from the fact that MIT rejected him. But many of his claims regarding what certain fields think about the brain are just wrong.
For example, he mentions several times that AI researchers believe that a computer is just like the human brain. While some may talk metaphoricaly of the mind as computer, I have never heard the claim that the human brain works just like the hardware of a computer.
(disclosure: My PhD is in AI)
I read previous reviews that noted the difficulty of getting through this material in an audio book. But it is much worse than that.
I encountered passages that were impossible to parse, that led me to wonder if the narrator was correctly reading the text. So I went to the book store to compare. I found instances in which the narrator not only misread the text, but read the opposite of what was in the text.
This is unacceptable, especially in a scientific text.
I have put up with mispronounced words and awkwardly paced information in the past. But to change what the author wrote, so that it no longer makes sense, should be corrected. If you are interested in this material, do NOT buy this audio version.
This is the first audible book that I could not finish. It is very dense, descriptive, historical fiction.
What had attracted me to the title was the time travel aspect. But that turned out to be no more than a superficial gimmick for going into the most mundane historical fiction.
I usually buy longer books. But this offered so much.
I was looking forward to this book. It sounded like it could be quite thought provoking.
Unfortunately it was only a little thought provoking with almost no story.
One of the worst books I have listened to or read.
I did listen to this all the way through, so it wasn't totally painful.
But it was such a disappointment. Some things made no sense. Some things were never tied together. Character motivations were childish and unconvincing.
And there was too little suspense or drama to compensate for these lacks.
It started a little slow, and I thought maybe Thursday had been tapped out. But then it became one of the best books I have listened to. As usual he wraps up all the loose ends, even ones that you hadn't realized were loose. Very satisfying.
The narrator was wonderful. She nailed every voice (male and female) so well that I never thought about who was reading, just the character.
This is the best audio I have purchased from audible. I have always avoided dramatizations because they tend to be so much shorter.
But at this length I felt that it was a bargain that I had to try.
It is great. Good story. Well acted. Truly absorbing.
This was the worst book I have ever read or heard. I kept thinking that it would eventually lead to something interesting, but alas it never did. Reading it might have been a better experience, but the audio version was just annoying.
the first short story was interesting, but it went down hill from there. This was the first audio book I purchased, that I just could not finish.
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