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.
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.
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 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.
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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