This was certainly a good listen. The story was very well written and the narration by Takei was excellent. However I felt that the abridging process made the flow of the book less enjoyable and you get the feeling that there is so much left out from the full version. It keeps you wondering what you have missed. I generally make it a point not to buy abridged books but in this case I had no choice.
I tried on two separate occasions. The first time I only got a couple of hours into it. Then a few months later, I thought that since I really liked the idea of the book, I should really give it a better try. This time I got about 3/4 of the way through it and I reallized that I would not buy the rest of the series.. so that was it. I found the story too slow and it hopped around too much and I just kept drifting off.
Who knows maybe I will try again some time.
It is very easy to get interested in series or books with very similar styles and themes. But I love it when I find a good book that is (at least for me) completely unique and original. This is what this book was for me. The story was good and very original. The presentation was different and the narration was excellent. As a matter of fact Simon Vance is one of the reasons that I decided to take a chance on this book and I was not disappointed.
This is an excellent book. With Apple being such a large part of our daily lives, everyone should read this book. If you are in product development of some kind, it is an absolute must. If you are like me, you will find yourself quoting the book and reciting anecdotes everyday, until eventually people will tell you that they plan on reading the book. Isaacson does a fabulous job of giving you a glimpse of this highly eccentric genius whose strength of will has changed our world. In time I will read it again.
It is very much in the same style as Pillars of the Earth. Generally I felt that it was not quite as good, but still one the best audio books I have heard. Initially it was difficult to keep track of the characters but after the initial portions I was able to get engrossed in the story.
Everything. He is easily in my top 3 narrators. Have picked books just because he is the narrator.
Well worth the adventure. I have considered listening to it a second time, even though it is a large investment in time. This is something I almost never do.
I had picked this book up in paperback years ago and have tried reading it two or three times, never making it past the first few chapters. So I decided to try it on audible. I had the same issue, I was starting too lose focus after the first hou or so. The first part is tough to get through because he is introducing many characters and going into explanations on most of them all the while giving some background info. It causes the first section of this saga to have very little flow, and feels like it is dragging on.
However, if you stick with it you will be rewarded this turns out to be a great novel. The first thought I had after finishing it was how long before I listen to it again. And I never listen to a book twice.
John Lee is amazing again. His various British accents are incredible (at least to my Canadian ears) and he is so well suited to these epic novels. I could (and did) listen to him for hours on end.
Book is well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is some overlap with Dawkins but since I am fascinated by this topic and what the research has been uncovering, I can't get enough. Would certainly read more from this author.
Unfortunately Brown will always be measured against the Da Vinci Code and for that you will see a few negative reviews on this book. I thought it was generally pretty good and not the disappointment that some may have you believe. The story is well thought out and he manages to keep throwing unexpected developments your way and most importantly it keeps you coming back to listen to more. I always judge a book by how long it takes me to listen to it. This one went by pretty quickly.
I got this for free for being a Blackberry app user. I had 2 problems with this book. 1) I had not read any of the other books from the series and 2) This version is abridged. I generally do not like abridged books books you tend to lose all of the character development, and background info. Combine this with the fact that this book was part of a series and I found myself, not really understand the characters, what their purpose for being was and missing some background facts that you would have known had you read the prequels.
I would not recommend this book, unless free is your number 1 criteria.
In the context of the series and in unabridged format, I can certainly imagine that it may be worth it.
Generally a good listen and very easy to stay with. As the author himself describes it, there is no overall theme running through the book. Some of the observations brought out were surprising and well thought out where as some other were a little more predictable but all in all the work was well researched, well presented and nicely developed. I will be buying the next one Super Freakonomics.
I loved the technology spin on this book. Unlike the vast majority of Hollywood material, this is solidly grounded with real terminology and technology. You do have to approach with the idea that this is still sci-fi, but as someone who works in the technology industry, I kept thinking to myself "This could possibly happen". All in all it was a good listen and I will be listening to the sequel.
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