An insightful look at the classic rock star arc: poor, some success, a bunch of excess then immortality after losing touch. Some B-side and bottom of the album references were meaningless but a real, heavy-duty fan of the bands would understand. There is a bit of innocence throughout and a ton of sex/drugs...did they really not know the long-term effects or did they not care? Well, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll had to start somewhere. I was not aware of the inter mingling between the groups and that made the book even more interesting. Not a short book. The reader does not imitate the singer's voices but does an admirable job of reflecting the intonation. Hard core, classic rock lovers will love it. Casual fans with an interest in history will like it. You'll still enjoy it if you like to hear about rags to riches to not-so rags stories.
Even if you are not an Anglophile you will enjoy this book. If you are an Anglophile then you will go bonkers. A fast moving detective romp through London and the countryside, the author includes lots of slang and landmarks. As far as fantasy, mystery, sci fi stories go, this one has everything from ghosts to vampires to crazy water gods and goddesses. So this is a fun, strange, funny book but the ending is even stranger. The characters are fun and the reader is awesome...wish everyone could be as enthusiastic.
I am interested in diamonds so the boring aspects of the book are still interesting to me. A very nice history of diamonds that does not gloss the seedy side of the trade. Tremendous characters are stranger than fiction.
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.
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