This was the first Patterson book for me and I enjoyed listening to it. However, it did not really stand out to me as a book that I would go back and read again. Nor do I plan to go looking for other Patterson books to listen to. It was generic enough that I have trouble even remembering the major points of the story line. It was a decent listen, but came across as a standard run-of-the-mill whodunit with typical twists in the story line. Listen to it for 1 credit? Maybe if you have too many credits saved up. Otherwise, wait for the movie to come out and go to DVD so you can rent it for $2.
With 165 downloads and a small library of paperbacks I think it is fair to say I have read my share of books. And with having said that, I can say that this is one book that I will read over again multiple times. It is one of the most interesting books I have ever listened to.
What makes this book so amazing are the multiple studies of personalities through recent history that have fallen outside of the norm and defined what an Outlier actually is. The concept of Outliers is very interesting and it is eye-opening to hear how some of the highly successful people in the book were not just "phenoms" who happened to get lucky in life. From The Beatles to Steve Jobs to Professional Hockey players, the studies are interesting and presented in a format that is easy to listen to and understand.
I would recommend this book for everyone high school age or older. If you have not listened to this book you should. As a parent I have discussed some of the concepts with my children who are a little young to read it now and will make sure they read it as they embark on their careers.
This book can be a life changer if you let it. It shows how successful people become successful. And it is not a load of BS like you see on late night infomercials. It is the real deal - find what interests you - work hard - stick with it - and if you are not as successful as you had hoped, you have at least passed these values on to your children who will have a much better chance at success in whatever they decide to do.
Once again, everyone should listen to this book. Period.
Overall this was an interesting book about the human obsession with music and how it effects us. Different aspects of the influence of music on the brain are presented in an almost scientific format, which made the book slow moving at times. I found myself speeding up the audio to double time to get through parts of the book. However, I did find it compelling enough to complete the book. If you are a musician, are interested in how music effects people, or are interested in what makes the brain fond of music this is a great book for you.
If you follow mountaineering and enjoy books written from the diaries of world class climbers then this audio book will not disappoint. Viesturs and Roberts put together a great book that reads more like a memoir than a novel and recounts the career long goal of climbing Annapurna. The deeper meaning behind the story is that we all have our own challenges in life, our own Annapurna, and with enough persistence and a little luck those challenges can be overcome. I have listened to approximately 25 books on mountaineering and enjoyed this one as much as any of the others.
I did not read the print version so I have no idea if it is better than the print version.
The author presented convincing cases of evidence that there is something flying around in our atmosphere that we have yet to identify. There is also substantial evidence to show that the US government is one of the least responsive governments in the world when it comes to UFO's. The majority of the book came off as an unbiased presentation of information. However, the last few chapters heavily leaned towards the belief that there are UFO's out there that are not of this planet, which there is no evidence of as presented in this book. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. The author clearly has done decades of research before writing the book and it is well worth listening to.
The narrator was hard to follow at times during some of the interviews because there was no change in tone, pitch or tamber for the different persons quoted in the book.
This book is truly a tell-all book, just not about Korn. Brian Welch tells all about what it was like living as an addicted rock star. I found it was quite interesting. This dude was a long long time drug user with a major adiction and kicked it without the help of rehab, but rather with a lot of prayer. He brings out all of his skeletons and fesses up to more than just the drug addiction. I thought it was pretty cool to see a guy so famous become so transparant. He also talks through how it took him years to really grow as a christian and understand God's love, and to be able to forgive people he hated, and ask forgiveness from those he wronged. Parts of the book are almost a confessional and I can see how it was probably therapuetic writing for Welch. There is a point in the book where he writes about being an new christian that was on fire big time, with tons of money to back it up. But as the book continues you can see how he grew as a christian over the past years since quitting Korn.
It may be something very different than what you would normally listen to, but I would definitely recommend it. It is not that long and I did not find any parts of it boring, nor did I find myself yelling at my iphone "get on with the story already!" like I often do with the 30 hour fiction books.
This book was a decent listen with a good story line and some nice surprises in the end. However, it seemed obvious that it was a book in the works when the author died. There is a good portion of the book that seemed to be the ideas put quickly down in print with the intent of going back at a later date and expanding on those ideas. If you approach the book with that in mind I think you will enjoy it. The typical vast extent of research Crichton did for his books is evident, but not fully developed in this book. I did enjoy it and would recommend it. It is nice to have a great story to listen to that is not 30 hours long like some of the newer books these days.
As always, Dan Brown comes through with another great book. Is it as good as Angels and Demons? Judge for yourself. I thought it was excellent and well worth reading. His story lines are extensively researched and well thought out which keep the readers attention throughout the whole book. Some of the important points of the book are over-emphasized and restated again and again but it is not too annoying. If he had stopped the book when the story line ends it would have been a 5 star rating for me. But he chose to write a few more chapters of preaching about his ideals on religion and concepts that may be found offensive by some. The preaching did not really tie into the great story line and was more of an ambiguous tag on the end of what could have been an excellent book that a successful author like Brown is sadly afforded by the powers that be. Nonetheless, it is still worth reading and I do recommend it if you like Brown.
The book was well worth reading and I enjoyed it very much. The story line involving his father just kind of abruptly ended and was not referred back to during the remainder of the book, which was odd. It almost seemed like after the book was written he was required to add filler material at the beginning of the book. Other than that it is an excellenct account of high altitude climbing.
If you liked "The Blue Nowhere" or "The Broken Window" by Deaver then downloading this book is a no brainer. It has all the elements he puts together so well in his books with the surprises at the end. It is well thought out, well researched, in depth, not too long, and well... what else can I say? It is a good book to listen to. When I downloaded it, the book came in three parts. I did not realize it at the time, but part three is the abridged version of "The Blue Nowhere" so you get 2 for the price of one if it is still offered on Audible. Both books are well worth reading.
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