Enlightening, useful, practical.
Two books I've read recently, the full catastrophe and the gift of imperfection.
The biggest negative was with the reader. He "dipped" at the end of the sentence often, as if trying to make you "relax" and fall into a trance. Hey, I get it . . . it's a book about relaxation and freeing yourself. But the dipping was very problematic (kept turning up the volume, then found it too loud for the rest).
More importantly . . . the first section of the book was profound albeit simple. After reading, I found extra energy, better focus, renewed calm, etc. The concept of quieting your internal dialogue was powerful.
The rest of the book was beneficial as well, though I feel like it dipped a bit toward the end. Overall, a great self-help book with some very practical strategies that can be put in play right away.
This is a phenomenal book. It's filled with stories that you feel compelled to tell others about at every opportunity. I always admired Steve Jobs, and read another biography of his about 10 years ago. This was so much more.
The research is unbelievable. By covering so many angles, interviewing so many subjects, you feel confident the author nailed the truth.
It paints jobs as flawed, but endearing nonetheless. There were so many moments when I was shaking my head in near disbelief. Or smiling.
Some of the prevailing "characters," Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Woz, are silicon valley icons, and the bits of insight into their lives is an excellent bonus. It fills in so many blanks for those who are interested in Jobs, of course, I can't recommend it more.
As a mild fan of the TV series, I gave TWFR a listen, hoping it would provide more insight into a world that seemed fascinating. I wasn't disappointed. It provides a great deal of depth and detail, a rich world that is familiar to those who have watched the series, but much deeper and darker.
Although the prose was straight-forward and an "easy listen," please note that the subject matter can at times be extremely dark, even perverse. It's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel (or listened to one, I suppose) but this one really grabbed me. Especially the final 15 hours or so (second half of the book).
As others have mentioned, well narrated. Recommended.
This version was great. Best read fiction story I've ever heard. More like a radio play than a simple reading. Got to know the entire host of characters just from the voice, and found the story easier to follow with the narrator reading than when I read it on paper.
Roger Depue has led an interesting life, and at it's heart, Between Good and Evil is an autobiography depicting how he made his way from an ordinary upbringing to the head of the FBI's behavioral sciences unit . . . and beyond.
It's peppered with case studies of depraved criminals. These studies are graphic without being pornographic. The victims are treated with respect, and the treatments are detailed, without being overwhelming. Some are disturbing, as they should be, but somehow the story allows the reader to leave without being emotionally drained . . .The subject matter is handled well.
In full disclosure, this was my first "profiling" book. Looking for others now.
Story - 3.5 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Reader - 4.5 stars
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