I don't know how good the author is at conversations, but the book is unbearable.
This is everything an audiobook should be. It has a great story, an intelligent text, and a superb narration. If your idea of a story from the ancient world is something like "300," with morons screaming out monosyllables while they swing swords right and left, you may be bored. But if you are a grown-up, you'll love it.
Read this book as an antidote to the pablum they fed you in high school.
Brilliant social analysis; witty. It is also true.
The opening is a little odd (the author coughs and seems disoriented in his reading)! But never mind that. Afterward, it is a great listen.
This novel wrestles with the issue of whether there is a God by having an alien who believes in God come to earth and argue for intelligent design. The novel's protagonist, and the sparring partner for the alien, is an atheist paleontologist. The intellectual exchange between the two is intriguing for those who are interested in these things. Thus, for the core elements of the book, this novel can be highly recommended. What seriously detracts from the novel is that Sawyer could not resist interjecting his own opinions on politics, movies, etc. all along the way. The novel is almost jingoistic in its "I love Canada" theme (like many Canadians, Sawyer revels in his love of Canada mostly by sneering at the USA). The book is cluttered with Sawyer's opinions on the policies of the former Premier of Ontario, Mike Harris (all of which makes the book about as relevant today as election campaign pamphlets from 1993). For modern readers, he might as well be commenting on the policies of Mackenzie King (a former Prime Minister of Canada). He also deals with Young Earth Creationism by interjecting into the novel a pair of yahoos (from the USA, naturally) who want to blow up museum fossils (something that these people, to my knowledge, have never done). It would have been better for him to deal with the issue intellectually, answering their arguments, instead of via this caricature. Sawyer plainly has the ability to do that, but he chose, it seems, instead to indulge his fantasies about what he would like to see happen to all such persons.
This book will force you to think through the economic dogma you have been fed all your life. Much of what you thought you knew, you will realize, was indeed fallacious.
If you want to understand why the economy collapsed in 2008 and why the solutions offered by government (both parties, but especially the democrats) are badly misguided, this is the book to read.
This book explains redneck southern culture (black and white), racism, slavery, and the current racial situation more fully and persuasively than anything I have ever seen. For the first time, I feel I really understand how the American racial dilemma came about. Sowell illustrates his points with many historical examples from the US and around the world. It is a brilliant work.
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