This book's subject matter is admitedly an unsavory one to most, however, it is considered in some circles to be a "classic" work and so I resigned myself to reading it. I am glad that I did. I was surprised at how completely I was drawn into the story. This book is very well written and deserving of the serious reader's consideration.
This book was definitely worth the time to read and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the courage to question the vailidity of religious belief. It highly unpopular to be an atheist, especially in America and the author had to sustain much verbal abuse for stating his beliefs. This book presents rational arguments for the existence of complex life, and morals, in the absence of a divine god as creator and curator. One drawback is that the author does take on a pompous tone and this can be a turnoff to readers. If you can overlook his occasionally grating style, the book has a very good story to tell.
Although some might question the morality of a book intended as an instructional manual on seduction, this book was an interesting read. The author speaks through the book as if it the text were a veritable "how-to" manual, however, that is not entirely the case. Reading this book will not transform an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan, however, many of the points are valid and worth consideration. Please read this book, and practice its principles with care. No one enjoys being manipulated, and seduction and manipulation are heavily intertwined, according to the author. Nevertheless, seduction on a benign scale will always be part of human nature. Read this book and learn to flirt - and fulfull - someone's romantic yearnings, but do not intentionally set out to break someone's heart in some petty "conquest".
To be honest, I bought this audiobook because it was wildly popular (aka. made into a pop Hollywood movie) and it was set in the Deep South. To my delight, this book kept me engaged for every chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, regardless of your state of origin, Southern or not!
Although the book and its parable are an over-simplified view of the business world, this book is definitely worth reading. The points are salient and relevant in a variety of business settings. I have already recommended it to other colleagues at work and they have also found it to be useful.
I had purchased this audiobook under recommendation from a colleague because I thought it would be a helpful guide for some leadership training. However, I couldn't finish it because it was not, for me, worth the time to read it. This book might be useful for the new CEO needing to negotiate his relocation package, but for me it did not provide relevant information.
I wish that I had read this book sooner to warn me about the vicious brutality that has been perpetrated in Africa over diamond mining. It is sad how poorly regulated this industry is, and what a slick business the de Beers corporation has done to manipulate the market to keep prices artifically high and their pockets fat. I only have one diamond and I have to wonder if some poor soul had limbs hacked off over this tiny bit of rock. I am glad that I read this book because it has opened my eyes to the industry. If I ever buy another diamond it will be from the Canadian mines, cruelty free and from workers paid a decent wage.
The topic of disease and biological warfare is dark subject indeed, but this book handled it well. Although it was chilling to read the vivid descriptions of the effects of smallpox and other virulent pathogens on the body, the subject was handled well. It was accurate without being melodramatic. For such an unappetizing subject matter, the book was surprisingly enjoyable and I would recommend it to others.
If you're feeling squeamish about this book from the description of its contents, that is understandable. However, don't immediately dismiss it from your reading list. This book was well written and suprising engaging for such a macbre subject. If you have an interest in forensics this book would be an excellent read.
This was a very useful book because it illustrated how easy it is to have misunderstandings in what should be "straight forward" conversations. It is fascinating to learn how easily what we say can be "heard" differently by the listener, especially in an emotionally charged situation. This book has caused me to rethink how I communicate, and the role that I have to play to ensure that what I say actually gets heard. It also places the onus on me as a listerner to make sure that I am relly getting at the point of the speaker, to hear both what is being said and what is NOT being said. This book will be applicable both in business and in my personal life.
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