I love Gaffigan's standup, and seeing him talk about his book on the Daily Show, I thought this would be lighthearted fun that looked at the funny side of fatherhood. As someone who doesn't have kids, someone who "hasn't joined the cult" as Gaffigan puts it in his book, this was not funny, not lighthearted, and deeply depressing.
This book has turned me off of fatherhood.
The book is read by Gaffigan, so his timing is good, and if I had a way to access his humor in this genre, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it.
There is not a story here. These are average men who won the lottery, with no drama, no passion, and nothing to interest the reader. If you have EVER read another biography, you need not listen to this paper thin piece of "journalism." I have no idea what possessed Mr. Zuckerman to waste years of his life writing this book, since there is literally nothing to set the subjects of his book apart from, say, your average restaurateur, or real estate developer. The topic is an interesting one, but Zuckerman has grasped failure from the jaws of victory by drafting painstaking portraits of men without character or distinction.
Beyond the dryness of the biographies, there is no meaningful explanation of the science or technology behind hydraulic fracturing. In all fairness, I could not devote more than 2 hours of listening to the book, but in that two hours there was nothing to keep me coming back, so a more patient reader might find that somewhere in the bowels of this book are some specks of insight. I should note that I am a fairly prolific audio listener, I am on pace to finish around 70 audiobooks this year, many of them biographical or industry related non-fiction, and this is the worst I have heard in recent memory.
Further, the policy discussion in the book is nonexistent. Again, I couldn't take it for more than 2 hours, but the teasers of any policy discussion were thinner than you might expect from a two paragraph description of the subject in "The Week." I bought the book on sale for $4.95, and have considered requesting a refund, an all around failure.
No, I just finished a book about derivatives trading by Michael Lewis, (the Big Short) and he found a way to make a terrifically complex and boring subject into a nail biting edge of your seat narrative. The failure of The Frackers is in the author, not the genre.
The narrator does a fine job. There is nothing wrong with his performance, and I would not hesitate to listen to another text with the same reader, but I purchased the book on the basis of its reviews, and I did not want someone else to see such an inflated number. My apologies to Mr. Pratt for the 3 star rating, it wasn't you.
I could not identify at all with the overworked door-mat mother that is the central character introducing the valuable lessons.
Several reviews have talked about the negative cast female characters have when portrayed by the voice actor. Any female voice actor would have been a better choice, especially given the tone of the opening hours of the book.
If you have difficulty setting boundaries in totally normal situations, with average people, as a result of your Christian guilt, this is the book for you. This is not the book for me.
Magical alternate history
Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story
Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.
Terribly researched book. Dan Ariely is a discredit to his university and social science generally.
Yes, the reading is not the problem, he did fine.
Frustration and disappointment. I was so hoping to like this book.
Do not read, you will not sound smarter at a cocktail party, you will just be less informed if you read this book.
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