A little bit of mystery. A little bit of history. A little bit of bible. A little bit of religion. A little bit of middle east. Wrap it all together and you have a good listen. Yeah, a little bit of sex too.
There are many stories about WW2 and I have enjoyed a lot of them (just added Monument Men to my wish list). This story provides a different view point because the main character is Italian and you learn about the birth of the Tour De France. Maybe it was the fact that I listened to a lot of this on an exercise bike...I found the race aspects very insightful. I did get a little tired of the narrator but that happens when listening for extended periods.
Everything is very good about this book. Mr. Pink does a great job of narrating his ideas. And the ideas are very important given the time of massive change that we're experiencing everyday. Kind of hard to listen to while driving because I wanted to write down many of Pink's thoughts, suggestions, methods, ideas etc. I would consider re-listening at a latter date to reinforce concepts.
The characters are very courageous. The story spans a few very difficult years and a lot of geography. I was hoping for a little more but in the end seemed much of the same compared to others media of this genre.
Spoiler Alert: I liked the parts when the Jews got back at the Nazis.
I got kind of caught up in the Mary Poppins thing after enjoying "Saving Mr. Banks" with my college-age children. So I figured why not see what the book is all about. Now granted I did not spend time reading deeply into the characters, but I found Mary to be mean. Yes, she is providing the kids with lots of fun and exciting experiences, but she is not always nice to them. Not even in a stern, British, Elizabethan manner, just kind of mean. If you are a movie fan then you will enjoy items from the movies (no singing!).
The narrator is wonderful. The characters are rich. I think I might be getting tired of the piling on of new characters. Because the ending is not really the end, I will most likely listen to the next one. I still really like the books but might be getting a little burnt out. By the way, the HBO show is nothing like the books and as usual, the books are better.
My family and I met the author on the chunnel from London to Paris. Duncan is just as interesting in person as his characters are complicated in the book. These werewolves have a ton of fun. They seem to be having a lot more fun than their vampire enemies. Their lust for life and each other is very evident. The reader does a tremendous job using many different voices and tonalities. Though no prude, I found the "sex" scenes a little to heavy. All in all, the book is very entertaining...as is the author.
If you've been following stock market news in the 21st century then you're well aware of the massive swings that have been happening. After listening to this book you'll be well aware that an individual stock investor is gonna get creamed. Written much like the Big Short, Patterson chronicles a handful of quant characters through their careers. Some technical street and computer jargon but not enough to turn me off. Even though people have life vests, flippers, oxygen masks, etc. they're not getting back in for a reason...maybe not even with a bigger boat.
It is tough to be an adult because adults live in grey areas...there is no black and no white, everything is in-between. The future is not bleak and future is not rosy, but the future is very complicated. This is a serious book that examines the new and old world order with different lenses. Certainly not for the faint at heart, but we are adults afterall, it's just we may not want to make adult decisions right now, so we'll pay for it later.
I did not know much about Argo prior to seeing the movie. I really enjoyed the movie. But I figured there was more to the story, and boy is there a lot more to tell. Mendes is one of those outstanding American characters that seems more fiction than fact. Now granted everyone likes to pain themselves in a positive light but I get a feel that he is for real. So if you liked Argo and want to know the details inbetween then definitly listen to the book. If you have not seen Argo then listen to the book and you will get a treat that sheds light on the evergoing complicated world of espionage, government and the Middle East.
Game of Thrones was great. A Clash of Kings is very good, but not as great as Game of Thrones. The reader once again does a great job of differentiating the characters. Certainly don't miss this one, but realize that it is a bridge book.
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