i would highly recommend you purchase the printed version of this book. the text is interesting, but it reads like an encyclopedia.
if you are interested in the why people do what they do aspect of life, this is an interesting take on the definition of evil and what may make them fall into this category. i don't agree that evil is equated with a lake of empathy, but Baron-Cohen has a compelling argument and research to back it up. He has done a good job of guiding you through what makes people lack empathy and what the impacts of it are in their lives/actions.
i thought this book was very fun. Grahame-Smith did i wonderful job adding vampires to a popular historical figure, and made it plausible. if you get past the vampires being real bit, this story integrates Lincoln's disdain for them and motivations driven by it into the facts we all know regarding President Lincoln. Bravo. The story itself is a god read, slow at some parts, but overall engaging and interesting.
this book was a wonderfully efficient overview of the potato famine in Ireland. there is no opinion or fluff. it is a quick read and very well written. the book is fully encompassing of the tragedy without being too long or tedious.
again, i was quite impressed with this piece. Berry did a wonderful job twisting the history of Alexander the Great and the current event of the AIDS epidemic. i would never have thought these had anything to do with one another and he weaves a tail to keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. It was also another great read by Scott Brick. One lovely thing Berry does is at the end he draws the line between reality and fiction in the epilogue. i really enjoy this addition to his novels, a wee bit of education with my entertainment? this part of the series definitely involves a lot of character development and it is done very well without distracting from the fast moving plot.
i preferred the audio version because i didn't have to put it down. the story was so intriguing i found myself listening almost non-stop to the end!
the suspense of finding the library and the characters was amazing. Steve Berry did i great job giving enough detail to keep you hooked, but not enough to
i personally love to listen to Scott Brick. he reads well, the speed and inflection helps the story along. i am glad he does the remainder of the series.
a few points made me laugh. on the whole the story made me think a lot about conspiracy theories and the main-stream histories we are all taught. Steve Berry did a wonderful job intertwining history and current events.
if you like Indiana Jones, National Treasure or Dan Brown; this series will be right up your alley. Steve Berry does a wonderful job twisting a tail grounded heavily in real history / conspiracy theory. In the list of historical fictions i have read, this series just jumped to the top of the list. i couldn't stop reading it, and immediately went an bought the rest of the series. The character development is great, but not too much as to interfere with the story / history. The plot is believable and makes you think twice about the history that has been presented to you in school.
as an engineer i like data. i thoroughly enjoyed the transition from anecdotal story into the presentation of data to prove the root cause of Cholera and how to prevent further transmission.
As usual, Alan Sklar is up to the task of reading a scientifically intriguing text. His tone keeps you engaged as he seems to be on the edge of his seat as you are.
I found this book to be quite entertaining. I find the people behind the science and the politics to be very interesting. Sklar's narration fit the tone of the book and kept me engaged through some of the more soap opera parts whilst also making the science aspects interesting. A very good read to see a bit behind the major breakthroughs of the science we take for granted today.
This book was hilarious at times. I actually had tears whilst driving during a couple of points.
It didn't always stay on topic, but it flowed well. The narration was great. Just enough detail to get the point across, but not too much that you want to be sick.
I would highly recommend it for some light reading on the subject.
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