While the story was very interesting, the reader, Mr. Emerson, was a distraction. Emphasis in the wrong places and odd pronunciation. Probably technically correct, but different than traditional.
It took a couple of hours to "get into" the series. I purchased a segment on "sale" that was later on in the series before realizing it was even a series. Frustrated I decided to wait and just purchase the first book in the series and see how that would go.
A good decision! Connie Willis provided an image of the 14th Century area around Cambridge that was colorful and characters that sometimes brought tears to my eyes as they went through their lives in this terrible time. Purchased the other books in the series and am looking forward to each.
Shermer goes out of his way to fill in the spaces with his own rabid hatred for religion, especially Christianity. If Shermer wants to be a scientist then stick to science. This extraordinary and often childish perception of various religious notions is meaningless hyperbole and distracts from the science that Shermer is claiming to want to support.
Science is knowledge of the world as we are learning to understand it. Religion is a choice of beliefs that humans select for many reasons. The two shouldn't be spending any real time together in arguments. Shermer should stick to science and stop whining about religion, it's distracting and unnecessary.
John McCain, as much as I respect him and his service to this country, he shouldn't be reading anything for other people to listen to.....Sorry John.....
Just listening to this nonsense is painful. There is little or no basis for much of the dialog Garland mutters through. They should have hired someone else to try and give this information, but the fact is that there is little or no meaning in this course at all. It's all conjecture and opinion. (I've only completed listening to the first segment and I'm dreading the rest of it.)
This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.
While the Vampire franchise is getting seriously worn out, this is a fun and sometimes surprising association of reality with entirely unwarranted connections. While they are nonsense, they are still kind of fun to hear in a talented and fast moving story. I'm glad it's coming out soon as a movie.
The only disturbing thing about this book is that the audio quality changes every few minutes. As if they cut and pasted segments that were recorded with different settings. It's very distracting.
What could have been handled with a maximum of 5 to 8 pages seems to take up six chapters. The issues of space travel and fecal matter, urine, bodily digestive gases, etc., is just way too much information. It seems like the whole second half of this book is dedicated to that kind of thing.
The rest of the book is fairly interesting, but sometimes just too much meaningless detail.
The story is very interesting. The difficult issue is actually in the reader, Brian Emerson. Unfortunately, Mr. Emerson keeps adding emphasis at odd places almost as if he is not paying attention to the story. His pronunciation of some place names is also off, at least to my ear. Sadly, Mr. Emerson created an unnecessary distraction to this story.
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