The author starts off by not grabbing my attention, but by making me sit through a long laundry list of the names of the contributors and other information that is highly personal to him, but especially boring to me at the beginning of an audio book. The author (who's the narrator too) then launches into a diatribe about the toil and effort and labor hours it took for the book followed by a trying-too-hard explanation of their research methodology with cliche' examples of "if you would have invested $1000 dollars in" back in …
I thought this part was over, but even after my coffee and breakfast, the author is still over emphasizing their research methodology and speaking of how they "pounded on tables" and other debate action with each other about the book. I continued to listen anyway, then I found him listing out another dry and boring laundry list of companies. When telling a story, Stephen King Points out: "don't tell us a thing, when you can show us" in his book On Writing. The author is "big" on telling us instead of showing us, effectively robbing the reader/listener of the experience of the discovery that a good and interesting story brings. I want to "discover" profound things as I go along, not names thrown at me all at once. He is still rambling about research methods at the 30 minute mark. "We call ourselves the chimps, in honor of our mascot Curious George" speaking still of how great their efforts were in their producing the book at the 32 minute mark. He speaks to us about the steak when we want to hear about the sizzle, let us taste the steak, not give us a molecular structure breakdown of it. Highly boring, this self-back patting is, I feel. I want to learn the unique information, not how hard they worked with Curious George cliché'(s) and table pounding meetings.
The author (and narrator) conveys the information well and he has a soothing voice, putting one at ease. The information was good and sometimes inspiring, but as the book progressed, it had a classroom test-taking feel, with the author speaking sentences and allowing us to complete them in a workshop-like or classroom-like manner. If you're not ready to dig in and write, this book is not for you, not for the passive listener.
The author is the narrator and echo could be heard from the recording area and his distance from the microphone was too far away it seemed by the sound. Some better acoustic foam placement would solve this problem. To the author/narrator's credit, he did a pretty good job of the narration itself though.
This is an insightful book. The narrator shares this in a very chilling way, conveying the creepiness of the subject matter well. The stories used as examples could be shortened though. I felt they went on a little too long, but did make their point. Prepare yourself before listening, it is truly chilling to ponder this information.
This book is very insightful, jam packed with "ah hah" moments with credible and strong evidence behind them. The author/narrator does a picture perfect job of diction, pacing, emphasis and does not over-act or under-act. His voice is very easy to listen to and causes one to focus on the information given, not just his voice. This is one of the best audio books I have purchased in a long time. I am now looking at more of the author's work. This is a first class quality work. Bravo to the author and everyone involved in this masterful work! Great job!
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