The author provides a clear history of the clash of civilizations, east versus west. It would be impossible to cover all of the detail for such a lengthy timeline, and the author provides just the right amount to keep the listener interested in what comes next. Of greater value is the perspective provided as to the motivations of the various conflicts. These underpinnings are often lost in history books that merely recite facts and dates, yet it is imperative to understand them if one is to comprehend contemporary affairs. I'd strongly recommend this to anyone who is interested in gaining a wider understanding of the current conflict between western nations and the middle east.
The narration is exceptionally 'breath-y'. If you may be bothered by the sounds of air intake from the narrator every other sentence, then this audiobook will drive you to insanity. For content, the author hopes to explain modern physics in terms that non-physicists might understand. This is a tall order, and the results fall short. Although a physics major myself, I was left with far more questions than answers. If you simply want to be entertained by some of the more unusual ideas in physics these days -- and don't care much about understanding the basis for those ideas -- then this is the one area where the book might work.
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