About 50% is great and fun to listen to, about 50% is full of drunk stories and too much of a dependence on 4-letter explicatives to describe things. My biggest gripe is that he is constantly telling you to buy his book throughout the recording, and leaving things out. Is this what I deserve for shelling out 15-20 dollars on this thing, criticized for not buying your book instead? Overall though, it is worth it for the high points.
3 stars is generous and I'm only giving it three stars because I listened about 25% and decided that I had listened to enough.
I prefer objective factual information, this book did not have enough of it to support it's points. I just felt like he took a bunch of cheap shots at conservatives the whole way through, inflating outlier events/people that he mentions as if they were an accurate representation of the entire conservative community.
I just felt like there was too much subjectivity in his criticisms, too much appeal to the emotion rather than to logic. So, I wouldn't recommend this book, had I listened to >25%, I am relatively sure that I would feel justified in going down to one star.
Concise, objective, eye opening, well though out. A MUST LISTEN. Mr. Sowell brings you to a better understanding of how we have arrived at a lot of erroneous conclusions in this country and different policies that are ineffective and make no sense. Sound boring? It isn't. Very well narrated.
I've listened to this book several times. The stories are fascinating, and I love how he writes/describes them. Honestly I would have preferred that he had hired a more professional reader to read his book, as he has kind of an accent, but overall, this book is awesome, get it.
I see that this book was written by a woman, but other than that, I didn't really see any indication that it was aimed at women. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough, or maybe it wasn't made clear enough in the description, either way I'm not pleased that I spent money on this thing. The time I spent listening to it, I didn't really care for the author's voice who decided to read her book either. Wouldn't recommend this book, especially for men.
The narrator is absolutely fantastic. I gave it 4 stars overall, because the book is so long-winded and takes so many tangents that it is difficult to keep track of what is being discussed, it does not always hold your attention. I have tried reading it twice, without success, so listening to it was definitely the best way. I recommend this book, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments, a lot of "wow that was deep and introspective" moments, and the main character Tom Jones is a very admirable hero overall. Check it out!
Fascinating, I love hearing about the Mongols and how they overcame the world! It is like Darwin said, it is not the strongest that survives but that most adaptable to change. The Mongols were such a threat on the battlefield because they were the most mobile and adaptable to change.
Have not read the print version.
Different characters being voiced differently by the different voice actors.
Long, drawn out, very little happens in the book that is of any interest, this book is similar to a pop song that you hear on the radio that a lot of people love but really isn't anything interesting.
This book is about 80% intense unavoidable suffering/humiliation of the protagonist and 20% of the protagonist overcoming his hardships. It did keep me entertained on a 14 hour drive and it is thought provoking as far as "why do some human beings derive pleasure in the helpless torture of others".
The most frustrating part of this book for me was that it is just some narrator telling about what is happening, very little of the book is composed of the protagonist's actual words about what happened/what was happening. I would have preferred to hear how he dealt with everything in his own words, like in the book "Papillon", because that way, you also learn about how people overcome adversity rather than just never ending narrative about them being abused mentally and physically.
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