I enjoyed listening to this book very much, almost as much as The Blue Nowhere, which attracted me to downloading The Broken Window in the first place. The story was excellent, well thought out, and entertaining. The author puts a lot of thought into the book and requires the reader to do so as well.
My only dislike in the book was the narrator reading sometimes very long lists that were in the book. For example, he read a list of evidence what seemed like every other chapter, which, granted, was as written by the author, but very repetitive and sometimes annoying. There is another instance in the book where an index is read verbatim (I know, I should expect it from the unabridged version) but this index seemed like it was 200 lines long and easily could have been removed from the narration. I ended up so annoyed with the monotonous index reading that I fast forwarded to a point where the narrator once again had some type of feeling and inflection in his voice.
Don't let this stop you from downloading this book, just be prepared to listen to the lists and indexes periodically.
Overall the story is 5 stars, the annoying lists drop it to 4 stars and the narration was at best 4 stars... thus my rating of 4 stars.
This is a revealing book read by President George Bush himself about the incredibly difficult decisions he was required to make during his terms. Most of the decisions were not always black and white and you can tell the sincerety in his voice when he discusses some of the tougher decisions that may not have been the best option available. The weight of the tasks he is asked to manage on a daily basis is immense with the whole world watching his every move. I do not envy President bush and I have a new found respect for him as a person.
This is an excellent book that is performed well. What more can I say that the other 25,000 reviewers have not already said.
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Learn what it was really like in the South during that period.
This book is a great recollection of the founders of Doom, how it all got started, and how they ended up where they are today. I was interested in this book having grown up during the 80's and actually having a Pong as well as an Atari. It was cool to hear about games that I played on my computer and how they were developed. The book is about how player vs player gaming was developed over the years (along with other single player games) and shows how these guys defined how we play many of the games that are out on the market today. I found the book interesting and it definitely kept my attention to the end.
Don't let the title fool you, this is not just a book about a fighter pilot! Robin Olds truly was a larger than life personality. The memoirs detail how he attained his Ace Fighter Pilot status and where that career took him. From leadership positions within the Air Force to Washington DC, Robin was an influential pilot and leader. His life outside of the cockpit was just as interesting having married a movie star.
He talks about his opinions and recounts on the different wars that he was involved in, particularly Vietnam, that show a historical viewpoint from a fighter pilot. I definitely recommend this book.
I found this book very interesting and often did not want to get out of my car but rather sat in the driveway listening to see what would happen next before shutting off the engine. The military story line is thought out and develops well through the book. There were a few loose ends that remained unfinished, but overall a good book.
The deeper story line here is showing yet another example of how American's feel safe in a world that is not so safe. Even though the story is fiction, it leads one to think about what other opportunities are out there for terrorists to attack within US borders that we do not realize.
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.
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