the author was conflicted about being gay and wrote a book about a dude who was a total jerk. Got it, understood it, know what's going to happen the whole way through, don't really see how it is one of the 100 best books of all time. I recommend you listen to something else. Unless it's on sale for a buck or something.
Enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoy the story of civilization series. I disagree with several of his ideas, but listening was joyful anyway. Surprised to find out he knew Emma Goldman, stunned at his conservative sexual views, my only negative remark is that the book isn't longer and more detailed. I recommend the title to every Durant fan out there.
Depressing and enraging, you'll come away from this book with a better understanding about why people aren't escaping the ghettos, about why black kids keep getting shot by police, about why things aren't getting any better for minorities in America. Being a white guy from Utah, I certainly needed to hear what this author had to say. My eyes are open.
not worth bothering with if you just want to hear it because of true detective. It's boring and you'll stop paying attention to it.
This is the only book in the series I've had time to read, so listening was a review for me. That being said, I loved it as much the second time as the first. Durant is my favorite author because of the lyrical way he writes history. Some of the many highlights for me are his explanation of Japanese poetry, the gruesome and barbaric ways people have tortured and killed one another (death by boats!), the plunder of India, how civilization creates and morphs religions, and random historical mistakes that travel through time and are a part of our current speech. (jehovah) It's a joy to be able to listen to this series because I will never have the time to read it, but can listen all day long at work. If you love history, this is the gold standard.
it's incredible. wonderfully paced, great narrator, damn good story. I didn't want it to end.
this is just like the film with a bit more dialogue from the narrator. If you loved the movie, you will love the book.
I dug the hell out of it, but could have been spared the endless details about some of the characters and places. For example: the sewer. I didn't need the entire history of the sewer system while homeboy was escaping through it. Def. could have been spared a lot of details. that being said, I completely broke down and sobbed at the end. Just that good, just that penetrating. stunner of a book, for sure.
Fell in love with this book. I don't want to tell you about it, just want you to buy it and cherish it and love it as much as my daughter and I do.
excellent book, excellent first listen, love love loved it! and... I need to put more space in this review.... done!
buy it. it's cute, it's funny, and you will play it to your friends who have little kids.
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