It is easy to like Steve Martin because he is funny and smart. I found it interesting that how he came in contact with so many other show business and comedy legends. The fact that he reads the book is a bonus.
Penumbra is good clean fun that got a little repetitious with all those Google references. Other reviews mention the geekiness of the book but there is nothing so technical that an engaged listener would find too complicated. The characters are fun and quirky. The concept is definitely fun and quirky. The really neat stuff actually happens offline. Definitely worth a fun and easy listen. But sometimes I felt like I was listening to the audio book version of the Internship movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson because the author mentions Google-this and Google-that a lot.
Most of the gory stuff comes at the end, so the style and story will push you through. Written/spoken in the voices of the main characters over a period of time, the book is a mystery wrapped in the unraveling of many people's lives. It is kind of hard to hear the characters spiral but hey, it's fiction. Definitely worth the listen. Because this is a audio book it is hard to keep up with the dates...no biggee.
Usually friends don't say bad things about their friend's projects or business. I really believe that nothing bad happened during the filming of PB. About the only negative aspect was the initial reviews. Fun insights interspersed within the recording by the characters in the movie.
I understand that Matt Damon will be playing the lead in the movie version of The Martian. So we will all say that the book is better than the movie and the book is really good. The difference between this suspense thriller and most others is the detail provided to establish that this could really happen. Yes, the characters are kind of boiler plate...the wise-cracker, the serious one, the intelligent Euro-type etc. but the interactions written by Weir make it interesting and fun. Good, fast read. Also good, interesting read. Also good, fun read.
This is a great book for a road trip. Aw heck, it's probably a great book for anytime. Bryson has a tremendous whit and lots of information. Spoiler alert...you will find out that bears sometimes eat people and in Bryson dry sense of humor, all the ways that bears eat people. An interesting combination of struggle, triumph, understanding, science, politics and environmentalism, all rolled up in a Brysonesque package for consumption on whatever trail you are taking.
I was admittedly a bit worried about the possibility of dryness for a book about maps, but this was a surprisingly interesting and exciting romp through the world of maps and the person who loves them a bit too much. Crossing many years and the globe, Map Thief starts with the end then explains how they there. Another gem showing that truth is stranger than fiction...who knew maps could be so exciting (and not boring at all).
Probably a better read than listen because then you might remember the facts and figures thrown out throughout the book. An interesting way of researching the subject but a bit dry.
I would definitely not recommend listening to Willis' historian stories back to back, because they're somewhat familiar. It has been awhile since I heard one of these entertaining stories, and I thought I had heard Doomsday previously because it is the same setup with the same characters. A very entertaining and thought provoking listen but follows the same storyline as Blackout. The narrator did an admirable job with many different characters and a very different sounding olde dialect.
Truth is stranger than fiction in this book about arms dealers. There are a whole bunch of crazy characters from the government and in the business. Not the best story ever heard but certainly worth your time. At times a littler boring and very familiar or I would give it a higher score.
Making the dismal science a little less dismal is something the Undercover Economist has accomplished. As a fan of boring books, I found this one a little less boring. The biggest problem is that the recording was completed in 2005. Many aspects related to economics changed greatly post-recession of 2008 and therefore seem a little less realistic. The reader is excellent. I could listen to him read the phone book!
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