I got this after reading Mr. Hager's "Demon Under the Microscope," which is one of the best books I've read in a long time. "The Alchemy of Air" isn't in the same class but is written with the same level of completeness and mix between science and social factors. Thomas Hagar has a great way of taking history and making it seem like someone is just telling you a great story.
I never knew the importance of fixing nitrogen and the large amount of roles it played. I recommend reading "Demon" first then this one.
I love Tina Fey, I love 30 Rock, I like this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. My only real problem with it was the quality of the audio recording. In many parts Tina would fade out almost inaudibly. Other parts it sounded like it was being recorded in a small echoing room. I expected more from this recording. Still a good listen to. I knocked it out in just two listens.
A great collection of Dresden stories and as always Mr. Marsters is top notch. I only wish there was more.
I have to admit that I had this book for a few months before I really gave it a chance. I started and stopped it a few times. Then I got caught in a snow storm while driving and had a lot of time on my hands so I dug in. I was not disappointed. This, along with the other books, was a extremely well written and narrated series.
It is lengthy, it is in depth, but it is worth it. And Simon Vance does a great job.
It's hard for me to write a review for a Gladwell book because I've liked everything he's written and this is no exception. His narration is top notch. If he ever stops writing then he'd have a great career as a narrator. Pick this one up, and all the others you can find. Just make sure they are unabridged, accept no substitutes.
This was my first Neil Gaiman book. I listened to it b/c so many of my friends raved about it. While in the end I enjoyed it. It took me a long time to get into and the end IMO just kind of happened. But I will be checking out some of his other books and he did do a good job of narrating his own book.
I picked this up b/c it had a Dresden tale. But it was less than satisfying and I have yet to find another story (I have not finished the book yet) that has really grabbed me. I'd skip this over if I had to do it again.
I really like Stephen Hoye and will listen to nearly anything he reads. I think he does a great job.
I love medicine and the history of medicine. And in terms of that this book hits the mark. My only real negative comment/warning is that this book feels like it was written by someone who is not an author. It seems to jump around a bit too much for me and, as he indicates in the intro, it was began as a journal of his experiences but there are very few and far between.
That being said it is a pretty good recount of the history of cancer. I have to admit though I did have to pick up then put it down a few times. It is too much like a dry College History class to tear through start to finish.
I was wrong. It happens to the best of us. I gave a pretty poor review of Book 2. Mostly because, as with other series, I was jolted by the change in narrator. I let that steer how I felt about the book. But I realize now after hearing Mr. Oreskes again and the conclusion of this series that I was wrong. Book 2 was a good book and Mr. Oreskes did a good job.
The Night Eternal
This was a great end to The Strain Trilogy. I really enjoyed all three of these books and look forward to listening to them again back to back.
One of the few comments I have though is that throughout the 3 books I kept saying to myself, "this would make a great movie." And after this book I really feel that it would and almost feel like Mr. Del Toro's life in movies came through pretty strongly in these books. I'm not saying it was a bad or good thing, it just was very palatable to me. So I hope that these are made into a movie series.
Narrator: Anyone who was to come after Mr. Marsters was going to meet extreme criticism and have an entirely uphill battle. But Mr. Glover does a really poor job. I know that he has his own voice and must use his own talents. But if you are picking up on book 13 of a series read by the same narrator maybe you should take a some time and listen to how it has been done, what voice the characters have been developed to have, or maybe just read some of the other books. This was failure on his part and the part of the producers.
Story: I don't want to give away anything but safe to say the first half of the book is unlike any of the others, which was compounded by the new narrator, and almost lost me. But once you get past that we are given the Dresden that we've come to know and love.
Overall: I've listened to the other books at least 3 times each. I'm a huge fan of the series and will continue to be. But if they bring Mr. Glover back for the next an any other books, I'll be reading not listening to them. Mr. Marsters is Dresden, don't change.
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