Not sure what the others are griping about in regards to the narrator.
The book is completely fascinating, connecting some dots that I had already thought about. Amazing how it dovetails nicely with the book "On Intelligence". If you are fascinated by the mind, by how we think and perceive then this is definitely a book you want to listen to.
The story of Alexandria is far larger and richer than I had imagined. This book could have gone on for 22 hours and still not felt too long or too detailed. Well told, complete with the back stories and sidebars, the personalities and history.
It is interesting to hear how even in 177AD was talking about how low brow (intellectually) Christianity was. How it seemed to seek out those least disposed to reasoning, something we see today with the Republican party and the religious "Right".
If we could only learn from history, maybe we wouldn't have to destroy our country like the Romans and Christians destroyed Alexandria.
There were large parts I already knew, but this connected some of the dots with the why some of those things happened (or at least plausible reasons they happened).
Organization of the work was good as well, clustered around concepts rather than just chronological accounting.
The inability to create logical paragraphs while giving reviews is really a PITA.
It certainly filled in some gaps that I had in the history of that time period. The narrative is very well written, and the reader is quite good.
It is sad to think that the current mid-east crisis is now nearly 100 years old, and while she may be off by a year or two in either direction, the turning point in the incident seemed to be when both sides decided that to negotiate some kind of peace was not in their best interest. That that one point in the whole history, deciding they had nothing to talk to each other about could lead to so many deaths and so much suffering sort of points out the Buddhist belief that attachment leads to suffering. Both groups feel some kind of attachment to that particular land, and both groups now thoroughly hate each other.
This would be a good lesson for others to hear and learn from. That avoiding the painful issues when they are new is not always a good thing to do.
-----------------------I would like to add that the inability of Audible to have a decent review system is very disappointing, considering the parent company (Amazon) was one of the early leaders in web sales, and makes you wonder at the ineptitude of the current management.
Humboldt to me was a someone I had never heard of. Now, I am amazed at the things this man accomplished in his life. How much richer the whole world would be if we had more men like this.
Things like: Humboldt Current, Humboldt's Penguin now have new meaning, knowing the man behind them.
The book is nicely narrated as well.
We should know the dark history of our Nation every bit as thoroughly as we know about its success. What a terrible thing we did in the days of the Red Scare.
While I am still not sold on the ethics of Mark Zuckerberg, the story is entertaining, enlightening, and well delivered. It gives some nice insight as to why some things happened the way they did, how they unfolded, and some rationale behind some of the events.
This is in many ways the inside story of facebook, told not by the challengers but by the victors in the struggle. It is very pro Zuckerberg and pro Facebook. I'm not sure which story is the most truthful, I'm sure people like Saverin have a bit of truth on their side too, but it is still a story I recommend listening to.
Quite enjoyable, both in content and presentation.
Norman Dietz sounds like he is on the brink of collapsing from exhaustion. I love history books but his reading of this one makes me feel sluggish.
The book starts out telling you that it's not about deciding whether dropping the bomb was right or wrong it's merely telling the story of those who experienced it.
It does a very good job of holding true to that statement.
Some portions of the story are very moving and emotional, and others were just outright fascinating. Well worth the time.
The premise is a little far fetched, (not surprising based on the 1964 writing date), but the ideas in the story were good and the thought provoking nature of some parts excellent (No wonder it won the Hugo)
My son liked it too, he's 10, and demanded I get all the other Simak books.
Narration was very well done.
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