I'd read the article Fishman wrote in Wired a couple years back, so I was interested to learn more. The book was a nice, balanced look into what makes Wal-Mart tick, and some of the repercussions of their single minded drive to lower prices. While I was interested in the subject, I'm more of a fiction book reader, so I wasn't sure if I'd stick with a long non fiction book on business. Surprisingly, it went by fairly quickly, kept my interest the whole time.
If you're a Wal-Mart hater, you'll find ammunition in there, especially with regards to cheap salmon and gallon jars of Vlasic pickles. If you're a hard core capitalist, you'll appreaciate the fact that shopping at Wal-Mart saves many, many families a good deal of money due to their focus on lowered prices.
By chance, I listened to this soon after after re-reading "Atlas Shrugged". It made for some interesting mental comparisons.
Publishers need to not try to turn books into a hacked together version of an old radio drama. Unlike the high quality you get with a big-budget animated film where they can have actors read their lines separately, doing it on a shoestring by just splicing two voices together doesn't cut it. The recording levels here don't match, the ambiance doesn't match, so your brain tells you the two characters aren't having a dialog but reading two scripts in two different places. .
I'm just finishing the first half, it's so painful to listen to that after an hour at a stretch I get annoyed and take a break.
I'll read the reviews next time and if this is what happens with future Baldacci books I'll move on and listen to something else. And now adding to my frustration I can't edit this to be anything other than one run-on paragraph.
Only a so-so book and plot. You had to wait till the end to find out what the "big plan" of the bad guy was, but other than not telling you till the end, the drama wasn't there.
What really drove me to write a review was the unneccesary sound effects and music. A decent book doesn't need repetitive music that sounds like it was lifted from a cheap video game to add suspense. Maybe the producers didn't trust the content to stand alone and thought it needed spicing up.
I read the book in the 80's, enjoyed it. Thought I'd revisit it via Audible. The narration really sucks. The cuts between the voices sound artificial. My guess is that the individual characters and narration were all recorded separately, then some ham fisted editor spliced them altogether, removing much needed pauses between them. The individual bits also sound like they were recorded in different rooms. While a small distraction when you hear that in a book every hour or so, it's very bad when it's every few seconds, and between 2 characters supposedly talking in the same room.
David Morrell should be ticked off and push to get it re-recorded by Scott Brick
I've downloaded and listened to about 100 books from Audible, this was the worst narrated version. It also wasn't cleaned up well, several "end of cassette XX " bits not removed. It was obvious when one recording session ended and another began. The reader would toss in bad foriegn accents, not to differentiate between characters, but because the speaker was foreign or from Boston.
The book itself was interesting, but very, very dry. I'm happy I listened to it, but I don't think I'd have made it to the end had I been reading it. With the audiobook I could 1/2 tune out and wait for another interesting bit to come along.
As an engineer and inventor I'm glad I listened to it, but the mediocre performance really didn't help
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