Amazing. Scary. I recommend this book for anyone who thinks they have the stomach to get all the way through. Up until now I thought I had a clue about what provoked the financial meltdown of 2008 but I did not. What we hear in the media is sanitized for us, the masses. I am completely blown away by this book. Makes me want to know more.
Michael Lewis sets this out very clearly so that even if I don't get all the nuances of the financial world, and I certainly don't, I still come away with a clearer picture of how this all happened. The big lesson I learned is that what I don't know can hurt me.
The narration is a big factor in keeping my interest. It was excellent.
This audiobook narrated by Will Patton is a sweet treat. Stephen King says at the end that it is harder and harder to scare people, especially those who admit to being creeped-out by the Shining and Pet Sematary, like me. So no, I did not find this scary in any way but I was constantly entertained. King is such a great storyteller that each chapter has something to hold your interest and lead you into the next, as only he can do. I loved his “good” characters and enjoyed the “bad” ones. Some characters I adored just because of the voice Will Patton gives them, adding a whole new layer of who they are.
I give it 4 stars as a good enjoyable story, 5 stars for the narration, and on the Stephen King scale, also 4 stars. Having read 27 novels/compilations by this author, I think he deserves his own scale of comparison. For me, Doctor Sleep is like Duma Key with a better ending, or Firestarter for the 21st century. It is not epic like the Stand or powerful like Misery or the Green Mile, but way better than The Dark Half and Thinner, and much better than Hearts in Atlantis. If you are like me and need a Stephen King “fix” every few years, this is a good bet.
There are two interesting story lines here, both very well told although not in great depth which is a good thing, in my opinion. We get just enough to be entertained and informed.
I especially appreciate the sensitive treatment of Dr. Minor, his illness, his crime and his victims. I got a glimpse of the importance of Pinel, a name very well-known here in my city.
I enjoyed the narration more than I expected. Not usually a fan of authors reading their own material, I prefer leaving the job to the professionals. But in this case, I make an exception. I think I like Simon Winchester even better in audio than in print.
I read the print version of this book in 2007 and at that time I declared it to be one of the best books I had ever read. Now, in 2013, I have just finished listening to the audio book and now have no doubt that it is THE BEST book I have ever read.
This time I knew the ending and I so was free to fully experience the road traveled by the man and the boy. I remembered what had made it such a powerful read and so I was actually able to appreciate it even more. The genius is in the subtlety, it is in the road traveled. I will never say in words what made it so perfect, in the same way that magic is no longer magic if you tell its secrets.
The narration is masterful.
Better listened to than read. So, ok, it went over my head at times, and the audio version does not come with the charts and tables, but these are minor and not even annoying. The fact is that it kept me coming back because I always knew there was more that I would find interesting, that would make me glad I stuck with it. There was always another moment when I'd say to myself, yes, this is worth coming back to.
The narration is perfect. I could believe it was the author speaking to me. Without sounding like a Harvard professor, he sounded like someone I can like. It would be all scholarly-like for a while and then I’d hear a quote from Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen or my personal Woodstock favorites, Country Joe and the Fish. There were also plenty of references to current pop culture but I just don’t remember them as much as those from my boomer culture.
I don’t think I would have appreciated this book in my twenties but after many discussions and disagreements over the question of where our society is headed, are we getting better or worse, I love that Steven Pinker has done the work for me. Because I have always believed it in my heart, I accept his research as the confirmation.
I give the audio version only 4 stars because (1) it lacks a downloadable file for charts and tables. (2) being such a long listen, I often had to switch devices and struggled to find my place more than once because of the different chapter counts between devices, and (3) I would so love an index and table of contents.
I am considering buying a print or eBook version to reread sections that were particularly enlightening. A very satisfying experience, it will not be my last from Steven Pinker.
I thought I would find scholarly ammunition for what I personally am coming to believe about free will. I usually enjoy and understand Sam Harris, in his blog and in other books. But this was too scholarly and did not reach me.
I never lost interest. This audiobook kept my attention all the way through. That can only be because both the book and the narration are excellent.
This is much too long for the little substance there is. What kept me listening was the wonderful narration, especially by Allison Hiroto. She made the main character real for me.
There is too much repetition and detail making it about three times longer than necessary. I often found I was no longer listening but did not need to replay as I had missed nothing.
I often thought of abandoning. The story is good but not worth 44 hours. If I had been reading the book I would definitely have given up after a few hundred pages but the fine narration made it always a good listening experience.
Each short story is memorable. I have read nothing like them before.
I did not like any of the characters but I was made to feel for them just the same. I suppose old Tanner in Judgement Day will be most memorable, or Mary Fortune in A View from the Woods.
I have tried to read O'Connor but just did not get it. These narrators brought the stories to life. Their interpretations are brilliant.
This is great writing but magnificent performances. I was never bored.
I loved this. I kept wanting more. It has to be one of the best narrations I've heard yet, really perfect for this story, for these characters and for the era. There is violence and vulgarity but no more that is necessary to know who we're dealing with. I come away remembering the humour and the warmth more than the violence. This is a really fine escape and I am pleased to recommend it.
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