Wonderful writing and intellectually stimulating. This is my first book I have listened to by Ricahrd Powers, but it won't be my last. It was a feeling and engaging exploration of happiness, genetic engineering, manipulation, and patenting, all through wonderfully drawn characters. Loved it, and listened to it while I cleaned my house this weekend. I wanted to keep cleaning.
Yes, especially if there were teenagers in the house on a rainy day.
The Prince and the Pauper.
This was my first.
No. But then I usually listen during other activities, walking, cooking, cleaning.
Great book for the coming of age set. I was surprised to discover who the real prince was. Perfect set up for the sequels.
The Nonesuch was written in the style of Jane Austin, but without the subtleties and well developed plots and sub-plots. Would not try another by Heyer, if it's a period piece.
Yes. Great information and a logical, scientific, presentation. I learned so much about family members I didn't understand at all. Anyone who is quiet and/or introverted or who has a friend or family member with those qualities will benefit from this book.
The new perspective I gained that helps me to understand my husband and my son.
It made me angry that I didn't have this information 30 years ago when I was a young wife and mother. It could have made everyone's lives a lot easier.
After reading Quiet, I'm much less worried about my family. As an extrovert, from a large family of extroverts, I kept looking for ways to "mainstream" my quiet family members by putting them into loud group situations where I hoped they would gain a comfort level. Now I know that their natures are hard wired and normal. Explains why sending my son to his room never worked as a punishment. Wish I read this book in 1982!
Excellent historical novel.
Insight into how a "see-er" unraveled the patterns of the times.
Because of all the unfamiliar names, places and terminology, Hild was not the best candidate for an audio book. I wanted to see a reference map for 7th century Great Britain so I could understand where the various kingdoms were. I needed a glossary for all the unusual terms, and a genealogy chart would have been helpful, too. I wanted to page back to look at names, and couldn't do it. The story was lovely, engaging, well written and well read - but I think I would have enjoyed an e-book or hard cover edition of Hild much more than an audio rendition.
The first thing I did when I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain was contact the friend who recommended it to thank her. The second thing I did was start listening to it again. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to break the emotional connection I felt with Enzo.
Enzo, the dog, was my favorite character. I was jolted by his observations and perspectives and they made me reevaluate my own. He was wise and innocent at the same time. I could empathize with his frustration at not being able to communicate with those he loved.
My favorite scene was when Enzo was in the race car with Denny. The pure joy of it made me want to drive a race car, something I have never even considered doing.
This book is pure joy with a bit of sadness and strife thrown in for spice. Enjoy it, then tell everyone you love to read/listen to it, too. The shared experience will bring you closer to those you love.
The best part of Sacred Stone was the relevance of the plot to today's world situation. The worst part was the narrator.
I read "Plague Ship" and loved it. Sacred Stone was not nearly so good.
The author's attempts at accents and dialects was disappointing. He made all the men with East Coast (USA) accents sound stupid. Very distracting!
It was okay as mind candy, or if you couldn't sleep and wanted something to make you unconscious.
Watch out. Duck!
Entering the alien ship and finding the angels.
The plot was more complex than "Altered Carbon," more political intrigue. Sometimes I got lost in who was behind one offensive or another.
Laugh, Learn, Africa
This book reminded me of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" because it was autobiographical, factual, interesting, captivation and so funny I laughed out loud in almost every chapter.
My favorite character was the author, Peter Allison.
No, not in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, it was great listening and I was always anxious to get back to it, but the chapters were complete stories in themselves and I knew that if I only had an hour or so, I would be able to come away satisfied.
This is one of the best books I've heard this year.
I liked the insight into what was actually going on, and how athletes prepare for competition. I've been a Tour fan for about 15 years, and I finally feel like I have some understanding of what these athletes must do both mentally and physically to be contenders.
My favorite scene was during Hamilton's first Tour de France. I watched that race, and it was incredible to relive it from the inside out.
I was moved (to anger) by the way to other doping athletes treated Tyler Hamilton after his bust.
Boy, did I learn a lot, not just about racing strategy, but about physiology and the formulas for peak performance.
The audio version was better for me, because I listened while traveling.
When Jobs and Woz were trying to sell their Captain Crunch black box for making free phone calls, and Jobs was negotiating with the "bad guys."
Dylan Baker brings honesty to the telling of the story. I felt like I was in the room, watching events unfold.
I was moved by Jobs pride for the accomplishments of his son.
I was in the computer business in the late '70's and early '80's - and knew Steve Jobs professionally, though not very well. This book was a walk down memory lane for me, remembering the technological innovations in hardware and software of that period, what was happening politically and economically, especially in California, and all of the key players. I laughed out loud in places and shook my head at Steve's antics in others. Mostly I was intrigued by his obsession with perfection in everything he did. I would not want to be married to Steve Jobs, but I sure wouldn't want to be without my iPhone, my Mac mini, my iPad, my iPod, etc. Well done! Lorraine Mecca, President and CEO, Micro D, Inc.
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